Building and pests inspections are incredibly important whether you are looking to sell or purchase a new property.
Like any other big decision, when you decide you are ready for a new home, you need to do as much research as you can before putting your money down.
The best way to ensure you receive an accurate valuation on the property you are looking to buy or sell is to employ a professional inspector that you trust to look over the property condition, that can also check for signs of possible infestation, like termites, cockroaches, or rodents.
Choosing the right inspector is an important job and sometimes you have to be more selective than to just go with the one your real estate agent recommends.
If you are in the process of picking a building or pest inspector, here are a few things that can help you to pick a the right one:
Get your friends and family’s recommendations
Asking people you trust for their recommendations is always a sound place to start. This way, you can take a lot of guesswork out of the equation, like avoiding inspectors with poor customer service.
Also, your initial impressions aren’t always accurate and therefore consulting with someone who has been through the entire process with the inspector is important. However, if your friends and family haven’t any recommendations, you just have to be more thorough during your selection process.
Check for their licenses and certifications
As a minimum requirement, these inspectors should have gone through the necessary training programs in order to be qualified to perform the inspections.
Different cities and states often have different requirements, so make sure that they have the appropriate paperwork. If you hire someone who is inexperienced or has inappropriate experience you run the risk of having them overlook important flaws.
You should be aware that training programs differ and as such you should ask them about direct experience with buildings similar to yours.
Again, make sure during your first meeting you ask for their work history. How long they have been in business and in what areas have they’ve worked e.g. commercial or residential.
The longer they have been in business in a location, the more likely they will know about the specific problems for the area. Things such as how the local weather affects these specific types of buildings, and the types of damages that can happen, like the likelihood of pest infestation in a suburb or flood damage on certain streets. Ask about their inspection process and the signs that they looks for. Note their confident and general customer service.
Ask for specific guarantees the inspector might have in the case that they miss something during their rounds.
Ultimately finding the right building and pest inspector is an important decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Make sure you find an appropriate recommendation either online or by word of mouth and quiz them thoroughly to be confident of their ability.