Should I get an inspection when I’m buying a home?

Should I get an inspection when I’m buying a home? findwell agent Lauren GeRoy answers in this installment of Ask an Agent.

Should I get an inspection when I’m buying a home?

A home inspection is always recommended when you’re purchasing a home even if you’re buying new construction. It’s a good way to figure out if there may be something wrong with the property but also it’s a good way to get to know the home and know how things work inside. Even on new construction a handful of things may pop up that the builder needs to fix prior to closing so it’s always good to make sure you have an inspection.

How do I find a good home inspector?

There are a lot of different inspectors out there in the market. The best thing to do is to find someone who is definitely licensed, you want to make sure they have a good track record of inspecting homes, but it’s also good to chat with your real estate agent about recommendations that they may have for inspectors. They have probably a list of inspectors they like and some that they don’t. So it’s good to get both perspectives from them when choosing your inspector.

Can I trust a home inspector that my real estate agent recommends?

Inspectors are their own entity so they do not work on behalf of a real estate agent. Their job is to work for the buyer and make sure that they are pointing out things in the property that may be wrong. So, your broker’s not getting any kickbacks from the inspector, the inspector is not working on their behalf to hide things. Their job is to point out everything wrong with the property that they possibly can to make sure you’re making the right decision.