Hiring a Home Inspector

HOW TO HIRE

Mississippi requires licensing of home inspectors and requires all Licensed Home Inspector shall adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice as prescribed by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). When deciding upon an inspector, require that they be certified by this organization.

When you’re busy house hunting, your top concerns are probably price, location, and financing. Of all the details involved in purchasing a home, here are several good reasons not to forget a professional home inspection.

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM BUYING A PROBLEM

Most homes listed by reputable real estate agencies, will contain clauses stating that the mechanical components are to be in good working order, along with the roof in a good state of repair. A home inspection on these properties will verify that said items are, indeed, as stated.

MAKE SURE YOU END WITH A COOL-HEADED ASSESSMENT

This is the biggest investment of your life. Most people buy homes based on an emotional reaction. An inspection “gives home buyers the chance to spend some time in that big investment they’re going to make, rather than rushing through to see the color of the carpets.” Hiring a home inspector is like taking a used car to a mechanic before you buy it. You’ll get a more realistic picture of the home’s true condition.

LEARN HOW YOUR HOUSE WORKS

Little maintenance tips can prevent big repair bills later. If at all possible, accompany the inspector on his tour. He will be able to visually point out many home-owner maintenance items to you. The tour will introduce a novice to everything from furnaces to soffits.