Almost every report reveals some minor repair and maintenance concerns, even if
the property has been well maintained, but these flaws should not normally affect
your purchase decision. If, however, major defects are revealed, you may want
to re-negotiate your offer. And it is possible that you may decide that the nature
of the work required is beyond your means or ability and that the house is not
for you. The choice is yours.
wary of using an inspector recommended by the seller or seller's agent. You want
someone who will be there representing you, not the seller. It pays to look around.
As usual, you may want to start with recommendations from people who have used
the inspector before.
Regardless how you find an inspector, be sure to
check credentials. Some states require licensing, others do not. If your state
does, check it out. Make sure the inspector's license is up-to-date and that the
inspector is in good standing. Look for professional certifications, which can
add credibility. And look for membership in a professional organization like ASHI
(American Society of Home Inspectors).
Do not hire an inspector who also
performs repairs or works with someone who does. There is too much room for conflict
of interest in this situation.
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