A home inspector will tell you if there is anything concerning a house you may be interested in purchasing by assessing the property to see if there are any issues related to it. Depending on their findings, the results can affect the purchase because potential buyers do not want to invest in a home that is falling apart.
As it is a very important job that will determine your future and affect the biggest investment of your life, you need to make sure you hire a reputable, knowledgeable and skilled home inspector so that you can receive accurate information regarding the home and any problems it may have.
Choosing a home inspector is not easy because anyone can claim to be in that industry, so don’t let fancy business cards fool you as there are no set rules or regulations as to what exactly a home inspector is required to do. This is problematic because potential home buyers hire this person to inspect the house they are interested in so they can come back and present them with facts in regard to any issues the home may present. As there are no prerequisites or specific education required for this position, it can be difficult to hire a home inspector who is familiar with the plumbing aspects, electrical issues and gas components, just to name a few. These are all individual professions that require extensive training and courses, along with years of apprenticeship to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for each job and a home inspector may not have any of these skills because it is not a requirement. This is why picking a qualified home inspector is tricky as many of them don’t actually have the right training to qualify for the position they are holding.
Asking your realtor is the best place to start because if they have the right experience, they should have trustworthy contacts they refer their clients to. If you’re happy with your real estate agent and trust their opinions, ask them about this topic and see which company or individual they would recommend because they will usually have at least one home inspector they prefer who does the job successfully.
Word of mouth is a powerful tool, so if your family or friends suggest a specific company, you should consider this option too as qualified home inspectors can be hard to find. If people you know and trust were happy with the services they received, their recommendation is definitely something to look into as this will help your selection process tremendously.
If you want a real estate agent you can trust, contact Cherry Yeung Real Estate today. Whether you want to buy a condo or are interested in houses for sale in the Vancouver, Burnaby or Richmond areas, one of their experienced and professional realtors can help, so give them a call now and they’ll take care of every aspect!