Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers


How do I choose a Home Inspector

Posted in Inspections by Jeff Dowler on October 24, 2006

You will want to have the home you have selected inspected by a licensed home inspector. This is not required, but is prudent for any buyer so you know what you are buying, and it can save you from purchasing a home in need of costly repairs and maintenance.

If possible, select a licensed inspector that has been recommended to you by someone you know and respect – a good friend, family member, neighbor, and someone who has actually used that person (don’t just pick a family friend who does inspections.) Find out what they liked and what, if anything, they didn’t about their inspection and the inspector.  Your REALTOR may also be able to recommend some names to you if s/he is representing you as a Buyer Agent.

Research the inspectors on-line (each state has a licensing board, and there are national accreditations as well) and check on their credentials and licensing. Find out what they charge (each inspector is different and prices can vary quite a bit depending on the size and type of property). Ask about the report that is provided (hard copy, emailed, on-line) and request to see a sample before you decide. A report that is too brief and informal is not in your best interest.

If you are buying a unique home (historical, “green,” manufactured) I advise making sure the inspector you are interested in is comfortable with that type of housing and has direct experience in their inspections. Some inspectors are also contractors or have been in the licensed trades, which can be helpful.

Check on the availability. During busy times and with short deadlines finding an inspector can be more challenging. You may not get your favorite is s/he is tied up with other inspections. But don’t delay your inspection for days and days simply to get the one you want because you will need the time to take in all the information and make a decision about proceeding with the sale or not. And delaying the inspection could cause a problem with the seller’s willingness to proceed; keep in mind you probably have agreed to do the inspection within a certain period of time in your purchase agreement, and you need to abide by that deadline.

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  1. […] I have written about the importance of having a home inspection before purchasing a home. But since it’s such a weighty topic, I thought a few more words on the subject, especially for new buyers, was in order. […]


  2. […] After the Inspection – What if There are Problems? (Part 1 of 2) Posted in Financial, Inspections by jdowler on the December 29th, 2006 I spoke previously about the importance of getting a home inspection, even if you are buying new construction. But what happens if you find some problems, but are still interested in purchasing the house (the more common situation). […]


  3. […] I spoke previously about the importance of getting a home inspection, even if you are buying new construction. But what happens if you find some problems, but are still interested in purchasing the house (the more common situation). […]


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