Why Hire A Home Inspector When Buying or Selling
The Importance of a Home Inspection
Nearly all of today’s home purchase contracts include a home inspection contingency clause, which is a provision allowing the buyer to hire a professional home inspector to thoroughly evaluate the home for structural and mechanical defects or potential safety hazards associated with the home.
When hiring a home inspector, ask them about the inspector’s qualifications and years of experience. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), founded in 1976, is North America’s oldest and most respected professional society of home inspectors. ASHI’s goals have always been to build customer awareness of the importance of a quality home inspection and enhance the professionalism of home inspectors (www.ashi.org). If you’re purchasing new construction, an ICC (International Code Council) certified inspector can help ensure that your home was built to local building code standards (www.iccsafe.org).