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With social distancing and so much real estate activity happening with video calls, and virtual tours, the value of a good home inspection has become even more apparent.

Knowing what to ask from a home inspector, whether you are a first-time homebuyer, or you are investing in a rental property, is very important. Especially now that we are in a seller’s market and property shortages are putting sellers at an advantage.

Finding out exactly what the home inspector does and doesn’t check for should be on the top of your list. Because you will know what else needs to be looked into and what to expect.


It is important to shop around for a good inspector, however, keep in mind that price shopping may be a bad idea since, a home inspector with really low prices may not be worth the risk. The expenses you could incur in the future if something was missed or not right, are much higher than the cost of a quality home inspector. You should also look into their level or experience and even references, you can also ask to see a sample report of a previous job. You can tell a lot by looking at how thorough they are with their notes, it is also helpful if you are a first-time buyer or if you are new to investment properties. A good real estate professional can be helpful in these situations (www.aminvali.com).

Find out if you can go along with them during the inspection and don’t be afraid to ask how long they will take to complete the job. Be sure to save enough time and don’t rush something like this.


During the inspection you can ask them what something means, find out if issues they are noting are major or minor, you can also point out anything you see and ask them if it’s an issue. You can ask them about general maintenance, questions about the HVAC system, the boiler, the basement, and anything else that you feel you need to know as the property owner. You can also come up with questions while talking to your realtor (www.aminvali.com).


Once the inspection is done, you can ask them what their 3 biggest concerns are, and what are the costliest repairs, and ask them if you need to be an expert to look into those issues. You can also ask them to clarify anything you don’t understand right then and there. Finally ask them if there are steps or actions you would need to take once you or your renter has moved in.

These questions and conversations will save you a lot of grief in the future. Be sure to be thorough and involved, and definitely find an inspector who has no relation with the property seller. 


Amin Vali

Civil Engineer, MBA, Real Estate Agent

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