Here are 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 trainings throughout the year.
2. Q. Do you have errors and omissions, liability and workmans comp insurance?
3. Q. Can you provide references?
A. Visit our web site 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, Inter National 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 performed.
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, we work Monday through Saturday. By working days and evenings we can schedule most inspections within 3 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 as well as 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 if necessary.
The reports will be emailed to you and your agent you will normally receive it 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 nest 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 10 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, paper work and give a realistic opinion of the homes value.
They can also invaluable in other ways such as advising you on the neighbor hood, 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 an a detailed email summary.
Of coarse there are more than ten questions to ask your home inspector
Please feel free to contact us about 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 homes 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.