How To Choose A Home Inspection Company

How To Choose A Home Inspection Company

As a home-buyer, you want to be well-informed so you can make a wise investment decision. Choose a licensed home inspection team with years of experience, one that has an excellent reputation and takes time to communicate with you.

Obtain A Written Home Inspection Report

Your home inspection report should be a detailed written report providing all the information and advice you need.

Professional Affiliations

Be sure that the home inspection company you retain has professional affiliations, such as ASHI, American Society of Home Inspectors. Read more about CRT Home Inspections’ credentials, click here.

During The Home Inspection

Be sure to accompany the home inspector during the inspection, because you’ll learn a lot about your home and its system. CTR Home Inspections typically take from two to four hours.

Ask Questions

There are no bad questions for home buyers. Learn as much as you can from the home inspector during the home inspection.

Following Points Are Fully Covered

Now that you’ve found your home, there’s nothing more important than its structure. First, you need to know that the home you are purchasing is structurally sound. That’s an important reason for hiring a licensed home inspection company. The plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, and electrical systems should be thoroughly inspected and evaluated. The home inspector should check the electrical wiring, investigate the electrical systems to make sure they are adequate for modern usage, inspect for lead and galvanized steel water supply pipes, aged and inefficient heating and air-conditioning systems. The home inspector should look for materials that may be asbestos containing materials.

Consider Optional Tests

The testing underground storage tanks, testing for lead in paint, and drinking water, testing well-supplied drinking water for bacteria, testing for radon gas in air are among optional tests that should be done. The home inspection should include an optional inspection for wood destroying insects that will be accepted by your mortgage lender.
If the home has a well and/or septic system, this optional inspection is recommended.

Verbal Report, Written Report

NYS requires an inspection report to be delivered within 5 days, CTR Home Inspection makes every effort to provide your home inspection report within 24 hours. A full verbal report should be obtained at the conclusion of the home inspection.

The Inspection Results

The condition of the home being purchased, including all positive and negative aspects. What repairs are needed, and if there are any major defects, the cost of the repair can be obtained from independent contractors. You should know a proper course of corrective action and whether alternatives are available. You should now be aware of any safety issues requiring immediate attention.

What to Expect from Your Report

An easy to understand and detailed home inspection report with photos to support the text of the report. You should also expect the home inspector to provide the answers to questions you may have had regarding the report’s content.

What Not to Expect

You should not expect the home inspector to offer to repair defects or recommend only one company to do the repairs. That is a conflict of interest. You should not expect the home inspector to comment on conditions that are not visible or outside the scope of the inspection.