The Real-Estate Market is currently experiencing a constant growth. Consumers are once again buying and selling more frequently! With more resources promoting a “buyer beware” mentality, are doing so with a new, more cautious outlook. This means there has never been a better time to get your home inspection certification. Home Inspectors are the keys to ensuring customers are satisfied with their purchase decisions, through preforming a visual inspection on all housing systems and components and reporting on their condition. If you are interesting in starting your own home inspection business, here are some important tips that will help you find success in the industry:
One of the most expensive and important investment you will ever make will be your home. However, unlike the guarantee a buyer receives with most purchases, there’s no money-back guarantee or return policy if you’re not satisfied with your recently purchased home. Once you buy a home, you’re on your own to maintain it, repair it, anticipate problems and pay the bills. This is why it’s best to know as much as you can about potential problems before you buy.
A pre-purchase home inspection will bring peace of mind to your client before signing the sales contract. Knowing what to expect both inside and out will help the client make an informed decision as to the value/condition of the home and the future upkeep. But how does a home inspector bring piece of mind to his work?
We’ve all heard the stories of home inspectors that missed some sort of leak, causing thousands and thousands of dollars worth of damage for the homeowners. Although some of these stories are true, it’s also true that home inspectors don’t have x-ray vision and be limited as to what they can actually inspect. So how does one limit his liability and protect himself from potential claims?
Attic pull-down ladders, are collapsible ladders that are permanently attached to the attic floor. Occupants will normally gain access to the attic by pulling on a latch or string to lower theses stairs. Ultimately they allow for easy access to the attic, without having to carry portable ladders across the home. These were common in older homes, and are slowly making a comeback as a “modern up-grade”. In today’s blog, we’re discussing a few common defects that home inspectors run into when examining these.