Home Inspections 101 – Part 1

This week I want to share some helpful advice about home inspections!  Most people know that the inspection is a major part of the home-buying process, but there are a few things to keep in mind in order to make sure you get the most for your money.

First of all, when choosing an inspector, check his or her credentials. In Massachusetts, home inspectors must be licensed and registered with the state, and a list of all licensed home inspectors in Massachusetts is available online here. Many home inspectors also have business websites, so you can get an idea of the services he or she can provide. Your Realtor should have a list of several reliable home inspectors that he or she can recommend, but the final choice is always up to you.

When choosing an inspector, remember that the home inspection isn’t just a bargaining tool for your home purchase, but also an important opportunity to learn about the maintenance and upkeep of your prospective new home (particularly if you’re a first-time homebuyer). Some inspectors actually specialize in these “educational” inspections, so keep an eye out for them.  In any case, don’t be afraid to follow along closely with the inspector as he or she does the job; you’ll learn so much about how to keep your home in its best working order and spot problems before they get out of hand.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk about what to expect during and after the inspection…

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