Should I get a seller’s home inspection?

 Should I get a seller’s home inspection?

Buying or selling a home can be an exciting and frustrating venture. For both situations having a home inspection can alleviate more than a little anxiety.

For home sellers, a pre-sale home inspection can save last minute headaches after the buyers home inspector discovers many issues and defects in the home. Having a home inspection before putting your home on the market will allow you to get things fixed without the time crunch a buyers inspection may put you under. With a pre-sale inspection, if you are handy, you can fix many of the issues found without the added cost of professional tradesmen. If you are not, it still gives you time to find a qualified professional to do the job right. The is minimal compared to the savings it may offer.

Having a home inspection report and proof of repairs may be enough to satisfy an interested buyer to not get their own home inspector. Another benefit of the pre-sale home inspection is that you can be confident that you will get close to or above your asking price.

Sure you could ask your cousin Vinny, the carpenter to look at your house before you sell, but this is probably not the best idea. Home inspectors are licensed in many states and many belong to organizations that require ongoing education and training as a pre-requisite for continued membership. The two major associations are International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Members of the organizations generally tend to be motivated to increase their knowledge.

Home inspections are not a commodity, where everyone is the same. You should not hire a home inspector based on price alone. That cheap home inspector who was $50 cheaper may wind up costing you several thousand dollars down the road because he missed something major. A home inspection on a 2400 square foot house should not be done in 2 hours if it is to be competent and complete. Also, consider the value of the home inspector. Do they use a thermal imaging device? Do they offer the InterNACHI 90 Day Home Buy Back Guarantee? Do they offer warranties?
Endgame Home Inspection Syracuse NY offers all of the above on every home inspection, whether it is a seller’s or buyer’s.

There are many Syracuse home inspectors to choose from. So, how do you decide? Some people will get references from friends or coworkers. Some will ask their real estate agent or mortgage broker. Others will search the internet. Which ever you choose to do, you should talk to the home inspector and ask questions.