How To Look At A House
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I can't find a local home inspector. What should I do?
Thursday, July 12, 2018
In any well-populated area, an internet search for “home inspector” plus the name of your city and state should turn up a sizable list of inspectors to choose from. But, if you are in a rural area, it can difficult to find one on the internet. Also, some home inspectors—even in this modern, web-centric world—simply don’t have a website.
We suggest asking your realtor, or calling a local realtor if you are not using one for your transaction. Even if you are not a customer, most realtors will be happy to give you the name of an inspector or two for the goodwill that it generates.
Still stuck? Two of the major national home inspector associations have a search page on their website so you can find nearby members by zip code or city and state. Go to https://www.nachi.org/find-an-inspector for International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) members and http://www.homeinspector.org/ for American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) members.
Also, see our blog post What makes a house fail the home inspection?
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To learn more strategies for getting the best possible home inspection, here’s a few of our other blog posts:
• How can I make sure I don't get screwed on my home inspection?
• How thorough is a home inspector required to be when inspecting a house?
• Should I trust the Seller's Property Disclosure Statement?
• Can I do my own home inspection?
• How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole?
• The seller gave me a report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get my own inspector?
To read about issues related to homes of particular type or one built in a specific decade, visit one of these blog posts:
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1940s house?
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1950s house?
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s house?
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970s house?
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1990s house?
• What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property?
• What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been moved?
• What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been vacant or abandoned?
• What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?
• What do I need to know about a condo inspection?
• What are the "Aging In Place" features to look for when buying a retirement home?
Visit our HOME INSPECTION page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.
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