Becoming a home owner for the first time is an incredibly exciting thing, but this big life change can be daunting when it's your first time at the rodeo. You will want to do everything in your power to ensure that you secure the best property at the right price. A building inspection is a vital part of that, but not all building inspections are equal. Here are the things you need to know to get the most out of your first home inspections.
Choose your building inspector wisely. Building inspectors are not out to get you, but some are definitely more thorough than others, so always consult a few of them before picking your final inspector. First of all, a personal recommendation from a trusted friend or relative is always a good place to start. Secondly, ask exactly what is covered in the inspection, because some are more detailed than others. The condition of the interiors, exteriors, foundation, plumbing, electricals, heating, ventilation and cooling should all be addressed. You should also ask about how the inspection is reported back to you because a throughout report on each of these aspects is preferable to a cursory email.
Begin the process with one inspection. Even if you believe that you have chosen the very best person for the job, the proof is in the pudding, and you don't want to hire one person for five inspections only to find they don't quite meet your expectations. For this reason, hire one building inspector for one inspection first. If you have done your research, there is a good chance that everything will go well and you can then continue with more inspections so you can compare and contrast the benefits of various properties.
Go to the inspection. Although your building inspector is no doubt great at their job, there are also benefits to attending the inspection yourself. For a start, this is a way to take off your dream house goggles, and see a house for what it's really worth through the eyes of a professional. For first time buyers who can be eager to sign on the dotted line, this can be a very important lesson. It also allows the building inspector to talk through any issues first hand, and explain them thoroughly while you have a good amount of time together. This is a great way of learning about issues that houses can have, and it's information that will stand you in good stead for the remainder of your home owning years.
Armed with this information, you should have no problem having a successful building inspection, and landing the home of your dreams.