When you are considering buying a home, one of the most important decisions you will make is whether or not to have your home and building inspected by a licensed inspector. Have your home and building inspecting is not only a sign of good judgment, but it also provides you with invaluable information about the home you are purchasing. Inspectors are trained in determining the authenticity and condition of a home based on their examination of it. They are skilled in finding problem areas and in diagnosing them so that they can be corrected before you ever put a shovel in the ground or a hammer in a wall. A real estate inspection is critical for the safety and well being of your home and your family.
In the past, inspectors were hired by realtors, lenders and real estate agents to perform “in house” inspections. Real estate agents would take the sellers of foreclosed homes to the inspector’s office and the inspector would evaluate the home based on their report. At that point in time, a homeowner was not given all the facts that needed to be known about the home. They were not allowed to bring in their own inspectors because the real estate agents always used the same inspectors (usually the same ones from the same realtor company) to do inspections on foreclosed homes.
In present day, home buyers can obtain a free home inspection report from an independent, third-party source such as National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). NACHI offers the home buyer several benefits including: the opportunity to compare home buyers’ reports based on several criteria; NACHI offers consumer education programs; and NACHI offers home buyers the opportunity to register for the organization’s mailing list. The list is available to home buyers upon request and NACHI is a member of the National Association of Realtors. NACHI offers its consumers a complete comparative evaluation of home buyer concerns, home condition and home financing.