There are many ways Buyers can find a private residential home inspector for a home purchase. You can find one through word of mouth, a web search in your locality, or a referral from your real estate agent or attorney. Websites that review local service providers may also review local home inspectors. Or you can also contact organizations that certify home inspectors, such as American Society for Home Inspectors (ASHI), or pick an inspector from their website.
Generally, a private home inspector can suggest other inspectors the Buyer may need, such as for termite, roofing, plumbing, radon, lead-based paint, etc. Alternatively, the Buyer can seek out these other inspectors as needed, through other sources.
We feel it is very important for Buyers to hire their own private home inspector. A private home inspector should provide a detailed inspection report, along with digital images. This helps provide the Buyer clarity and an understanding of the inspection issues, which are important to have when it comes time to negotiate over them.
We recommend that our clients obtain a private home inspection as soon as possible after entering into a sale contract (or even before if possible). Once inspections are completed, and within the time frame provided for in the contract, the Buyer will generally submit an Inspection Notice or similar document requesting repairs or other concessions. Buyer’s attorney can more clearly inform the Seller as to repairs or other concessions the Buyer wants, when accompanied by a clear inspection report that contains digital images