When you are looking to buy or sell a home, you aren’t required to hire a home inspector. But it is a good idea to bring one into the process nonetheless. This is particularly true if you are looking to purchase a new home. Without an inspection, you could find yourself facing challenges and repairs that will leave your head spinning and your wallet in shock. If you want to avoid costly repairs later on, hiring a licensed home inspector is one of the best steps you can take.

That being said, you still need to be careful when you are trusting the integrity of your home (and your wallet) to the discretion of an inspector. Here at Winding River Inspection Services, LLC, we take pride in our work and in our team. But, unfortunately, not everyone shares our same dedication to high standards. As a Top Rated Local® Inspection Service right here on the Front Range, we want all of our friends and neighbors to have the knowledge and tools they need to achieve peace of mind during the buying and selling process. That’s why we have put together a list of some of the signs that your home inspector may not be up to snuff.

badinspector-image1“Everything is fine here!”

Believe it or not, hearing from your inspector that everything is perfectly fine and normal can be a pretty big red flag. Obviously, this isn’t true every time, and legitimate home inspectors will be upfront with you if this is the case. But if, after your inspection, nothing is amiss, you may want to ask yourself whether or not you asked enough questions or if anything feels off. Buying a home is a big investment, it’s worth your time to ensure that you are getting the deal you think you are. If you feel like it’s necessary, it’s more than acceptable to bring in another inspector and get a second opinion. Don’t feel like you have to accept the “all clear” if you still aren’t sure. Better to make certain now than find out five years down the road that there are cracks in your foundation.

“You don’t need to be here.”

It’s one thing if you don’t want to be in the way while the inspector does his or her thing. You might want to run a few errands or handle a few other pending tasks. We understand that life is busy, and sometimes you need to juggle tasks accordingly. But let’s be real here: Buying a house is not a just a casual thing. As we’ve said before, buying a home is an investment. Do you really want to simply take another person’s word for it? You might also miss out on important insights that your inspector can give you about the future state of your home. Along similar lines, your inspector will be more than happy to walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. If your inspector is insisting that you allow them to work alone, that could be a red flag.

“What do you mean you have questions about my license?”

The state of your inspector’s license is also important. If the inspector isn’t licensed at all, that is bad news no matter how you cut it. If your inspector doesn’t have a license, it’s time to hire another inspector. 

badinspector-image2If your inspector is licensed in a different state, that can be a problem as well. If problems are found within the home, negotiations are typically opened with the seller or the seller’s agent, and if the inspector is not licensed in the state in which you are purchasing a property, any repair requests being made may not be considered valid.

“Sure, you can see a sample inspection report…”

If you are interested, you should be able to obtain a sample inspection report upon request before hiring a home inspector. If the report is only a few pages long, this is a huge red flag and you should walk away. It is certainly true that report lengths will vary, but on average, a comprehensive report will range between 20 to 50 pages. These reports also typically include color photographs that highlight any defects or problems that need attention. What’s more, the report shouldn’t be confusing or alarming to the homeowner or buyer. Good inspectors will be sure to highlight the issues where they exist and explain other aspects of the inspection process in terms that all parties involved understand.

Professionalism and Quality You Can Trust

Your home is an investment. But more than that, it’s your haven, your bastion standing between you and the daily grind. With something so important, you don’t want to take any chances. If you are looking to purchase or sell a home on the Front Range, Winding River Inspection Services, LLC is the right team for the job. Contact us today for more information.