NASHVILLE, TN – Buying a home can be stressful for many people. Okay, okay…most people. There are so many things to consider and often decisions are made under pressure. You want and need to make good choices.
In our experience, you want a home in the right neighborhood (whatever that means to you) and you want it to be near the best schools, a great church, and perhaps a shopping center. You also want a home that makes you feel…well…at home. With the help of a good Realtor and a little research, these are all things you can typically resolve on your own.
If you are like most home buyers, the house you purchase will be your home for quite some time. Before you go to closing, you need to know whether it is structurally sound, has a good roof, has plumbing issues, or has mold growing in the crawlspace. These are just a few of the things a good home inspector, like 1st Choice Home Inspections, can determine for you.
A home inspector may save you a bundle by helping you avoid costly mistakes. No one wants to buy a home and then find out the HVAC system doesn’t work properly, or that the damper in the fireplace is broken. Don’t purchase a home without having it inspected first!
As you prepare to hire a home inspector in Knoxville or Nashville (yes, we hope it is 1st Choice Home Inspections), here are seven things your home inspector wants you to know.
A good home inspector focuses on providing an objective evaluation of the property. Abiding by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) Standards of Practice and the State of Tennessee’s Standards of Practice, we carefully inspect the systems of the house to ensure proper function as well as structural concerns. Make sure your home inspector is a member in good standing with a reputable association. 1st Choice Home Inspections is a member of NACHI and the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2).
The home inspector works for the client, the person who pays him. That may seem obvious, but not everyone understands this. The home inspector is looking out for your interest by being as objective as possible.
We use state-of-the-art, sophisticated equipment to give our clients a snapshot of the condition of the property on the day we are there. No home inspector can tell you with certainty what will happen the next day or two years later. However, if we see conditions that we believe may be problematic in the future, we will surely inform the client.
We guarantee our service, but we cannot guarantee you will like what our report says. A good home inspector must report the facts honestly no matter what. Sometimes that means you might hear something you don’t like. However, more often than not, our report eases the mind of our client.
Home inspectors are required by law to avoid any conflict of interest. Home inspectors are barred from making repairs to a property he or she inspects for at least one year. If a home inspector finds a plumbing problem while inspecting your property and then offers to repair it for you, he is breaking the law.
Feel free to walk the property with your home inspector as he completes the inspection, but please save your in-depth questions until after the inspection. Your inspector needs to pay close attention to what he is doing and frequent interruptions may cause him to miss something important.
Finally, a good home inspector will take the time to explain the inspection report and answer any questions you have. Pick our brain. Ask questions. That is why we are here. Our job is to find out the condition of the property, note any red flags, and clearly communicate that information to you.
The next time you hire a home inspector in Knoxville, Nashville, or the Tri-Cities areas of Tennessee, we hope you will consider 1st Choice Home Inspections. We are licensed by the state, insured, trained, and certified by internationally recognized professional associations.
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(Updated 14 Dec 2015)