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5 Things to Ask Before Hiring a Huntsville AL Home Inspector

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On March 13, 2012

Whether you’re preparing to sell or buy a Huntsville AL home, getting a home inspection is one of the most important steps you can take toward a successful real estate transaction.  In order to get a thorough home inspection, you need to hire an experienced, professional inspector.

Here five things to ask before hiring a Huntsville AL home inspector:

  1. Are you certified?  The oldest and largest organization of home inspectors is the American Society of Home Inspectors.  Another noteworthy organization is the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors.  Both these groups provide training and certification. If a home inspector is certified by either of these organizations, you know you’re getting a qualified inspector.
  2. May I see a sample report?  Ask the inspector to send you a sample inspection report.  If you receive a report that is 4 or 5 pages long, keep looking.  This is not the inspector for you.  A typical inspection report is 20 to 50 pages long and often includes color photos.
  3. How long will the inspection take?  You don’t want someone who will be in and out in 90 minutes.  A thorough inspection should take 3 hours or more.  You want to make sure that the inspector takes the time to go through everything completely.
  4. What’s included in the inspection?  Home inspections vary widely.  Make sure everything you want to have inspected is covered including major items like the roof, heating and cooling systems, foundation, plumbing and wiring.
  5. What are your re-inspection fees?  If the inspection turns up a problem that the seller is willing to fix, ask if there is a fee to re-inspect the Huntsville AL home after the repairs have been finished.  Many inspectors will come back to check the repairs without charging you, but ask.

A home inspection is not fool-proof.  But, by asking your Huntsville AL home inspector these five questions, you greatly reduce the likelihood of hiring an inspector who might overlook expensive or even dangerous defects.

Need a referral to a professional home inspector?  Give me a call today at 256-508-0211 Direct or 800-803-0053 Toll Free or email me at mike@movetohuntsville.com.

 

Having lived in the Huntsville AL area for most of his life, Mike Manosky understands exactly what makes this community special.  In fact, those who know him well will tell you he carries the same traditional values and focus on the future as Huntsville.

Mike brings with him a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Huntsville AL home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why his clients benefit from his unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Mike Manosky will help make the most of your Huntsville AL real estate experience. Give him a call today, 256-508-0211 Direct or 800-803-0053 Toll Free, and discover the difference he can make during your family’s move.

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