Ten questions to ask your home inspector before you make the largest purchase of your life. Most realtors recommend, and many lenders require having a professional home inspection performed.
A home inspection may save you thousands of dollars by revealing structural or safety issues that may not have been obvious. It may give your home a clean bill of health; either way, knowing is always better than guessing. Before you choose a home inspector, you should ask the following questions:
1. Q. Are you and your inspectors licensed by the State of Illinois?
A. All of our inspectors are trained and licensed by the State of Illinois and take extended training throughout the year.
2. Q. Do you have errors and omissions, liability, and workman’s comp insurance?
3. Q. Can you provide references?
A. Visit our website at www.HawleyHomeInspectionsLLC.com for both text and video testimonials.
4. Q. What professional organizations do you belong to?
A. We are a member in good standing of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating, the Greater Gateway, Association of Realtors (GGAR), the Realtor Association of Southern Illinois (RASI), St Louis Realtors Association, InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the America Association of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
5. Q. Is it OK to attend the inspection?
A. Not only is it OK to attend; we feel strongly that the buyer should be present for the complete inspection. Most inspections will take about four hours. If you need to leave, you can leave us a cell phone number, and we will contact you when we are finished.
6. Q. What other services do you provide?
A. We provide free termite inspections with every inspection and, when requested, Radon Testing, Sewer Scopes, Air Quality Testing, Gas Leak Testing.
We also provide Septic Inspections (by an affiliate) and Well Water, Asbestos, and Vermiculite testing (by a state-approved laboratory).
7. Q. Do you provide repair services?
A. No, we consider it unethical for an inspector to perform repairs or profit from suggested repairs within three years of an inspection they have completed.
8. Q. How soon can you schedule an inspection?
A. We understand most real estate transactions have short time frames to complete inspections and repairs. We try to accommodate your schedule, and we work Monday through Saturday. By working days and evenings, we can schedule most inspections within three days or less.
9. Q. How much does an inspection cost?
Inspections are based on square footage, termite inspections are included, and we give discounts for new construction homes and Veterans and First Responders.
10. Q. How soon will I get the results of my inspection?
A. At the end of your inspection, we will provide you with a verbal review of the inspection report and the termite inspection. Our inspector will review the inspection report and revise it if necessary.
We will email the report to you and your age. You will generally receive the report by the next business day.
The Termite Report, Sewer Scope, Gas Leak, and Air Quality test reports will usually be attached to the Inspection report sent to you and your agent the next business day also.
Radon, Asbestos-Vermiculite, and well water test results may take longer and will be forwarded to you when we receive them.
We hope these ten questions to ask your home inspector are helpful
Buying a home can be a terrible or pleasant experience. Seek the help of an experienced Realtor, and a professional home inspector, and the process will go much smoother.
Your realtor will not only help you find your dream home, but a good Realtor will help you every step of the way. They will help with negotiations, paperwork and give a realistic opinion of the home’s value.
They can also be invaluable in other ways such as advising you on the neighborhood, the local schools, and churches and may even be able to help you with moving and relocation recommendations.
Your Home Inspector will carefully and skilfully inspect the major systems of the home and provide both a verbal summary of their findings and a detailed email summary.
Of course, there are more than ten questions to ask your home inspector
Please feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have.
At Hawley Home Inspections LLC we are a Veteran owned and family-operated business with one goal in mind. We want to be your “Professional Home Consultant for Life.” Once we have completed your home inspection we encourage you to continue to use our services and consider us as your home’s partner.
We are a multi-inspector company with 10 years of business success serving Southern Illinois, The Metro East, St Louis City, and the surrounding communities.
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