When you're buying a house in Boise, ID — whether you're relocating to the area or making a local move, it's a good idea to invest in a home inspection by a qualified home inspector. There are three major considerations when selecting a home inspector.
#1 - Professional Affiliations
In the United States, there are two major professional groups that ensure their affiliates follow certain standards of practice when it comes to home inspection. Think of it as the AMA (American Medical Association) for properties — it ensures a certain level of quality in order to be part of the group. The two non-profit organizations are the NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors), and the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors). When you're buying a house in Boise, ID, you can go to one of these websites and find an inspector from there.
#2 - Preferred Equipment
If a home inspector shows up only with a flashlight, you're in trouble. It's not possible to do a thorough and appropriate job armed solely with a flashlight. Ask the home inspector ahead of time what he or she uses in order to inspect a property. Equipment can include, but is not limited to, these items:
- Digital Camera (for documenting findings)
- Moisture Meters
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Electrical Circuit Testers and Analyzers
This is not an exhaustive list, but it should provide a framework for you to know if your home inspection will be a thorough one, or just a cursory glance. If it's lacking in equipment, chances are, they'll miss something of vital importance that could cost you hundreds or thousands to repair later on down the road. Ask ahead and if the answer doesn't sound particularly professional, choose a different inspector.
#3 - Quality versus Price
Home inspections typically run from $500 - $1,000, depending on what they're inspecting, how they're inspecting it, and how long it will take to inspect the property. This is not an area where you want to try to save a few dollars. Choose a high-quality inspector, and you'll get what you pay for, easily. If money is a concern, try to negotiate a better offer on the property itself rather than skimp out on the home inspection. You're not just paying for peace of mind, you're paying to know for a fact that the foundation of the home you're interested in won't develop a problem costing a minimum of $10,000 to repair. A $500 - $1,000 investment to save $10,000 in a few years — that's worth it.
Make sure you choose a qualified and experienced home inspector when buying a home. It could save you (literally) thousands on a new home.
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