Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Buying a house soon? Read this first.......

Real Estate Referrals

Is your home inspector really working for you?

When purchasing a home it is generally recommended by almost everybody, that a home inspection be performed prior to closing the deal. Your Realtor will probably refer a home inspector(s) to you to complete this task.

Unfortunately many times, the home inspector counts on the realtor's referrals to stay in business. This potentially gives the home inspector a biased view leaning towards the Realtor for a quick and easy sale of your new home no matter what condition it is found to be in. This, at the very least, will cause a conflict of interest between you and the home inspector inspecting your property. The Realtor referred home inspector will be surreptitiously pressured into downgrading or under reporting defects found during your home inspection. The frightening part is that this would apply to major defects that could kill the sale of the property. What is even more frightening is the fact that most major defects are usually safety issues as well to you and your family's health and well being.

For more information on possible conflicts of interest and the home inspection process in general please visit the Cincinnati Ohio home inspections page.

House To Home Inspections generally recommends disregarding any Home Inspectors referred by Realtors. Word of Mouth and the internet are the best sources to obtain quality unbiased home inspectors. Don't take chances on the most expensive purchase you'll ever make! Interview potential home inspectors yourself on the phone. Ask if they are:

1- Licensed (if applicable)
2- Certified through any professional Home Inspection associations such as NACHI (National Association of Certified Home Inspectors)
3- How long they have been performing home inspections
4- Insured

These are the absolute questions to be asked prior to hiring a home inspector.

2 comments:

Fergal said...

The National Association of Home Inspectors strives to promote excellence and professionalism in the Home Inspection industry; to provide home inspector standards of practice and a code of ethics for home inspectors in the USA. This is usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. Most major defects are usually safety issues as well to you and your family's health and well being. Thanks for sharing.
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annie cyrus said...

Buying a home involves a lot of steps and Proper home inspection is a very important thing, before the investment for home buyers.

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