You’re buying a house. Congratulations!
This is an exciting time, but there’s a lot to do and for many people this can be a stressful experience. In an effort to relieve some of the stress, related to one important step in the home buying process, I’ve created a Home Inspection Checklist. It is a tool for homebuyers to help you gain maximum benefit from a professional home inspection.
When engaging a home inspection service, you want to be fully engaged, not just going through the motions. You’ll want to understand the process and to begin sooner rather than later. Don’t wait for someone to say, “OK, now we’ve got to schedule the home inspection.” If you do, you may find yourself at a disadvantage, as there is a lot to do in a short period of time between signing an agreement for sale and locking in the agreement.
Download a printable copy of the Home Inspection Checklist by clicking on the thumbnail at right. As you’ll see, the first step in the process is to find a great home inspector. You may trust your real estate agent to recommend a home inspector, but remember, you don’t have to. Your home inspector should be working for you and you alone and you have the right to hire the inspector of your choice. Don’t limit your choices by waiting until the last minute to begin your search.