Buying a home is a process that is very involved and can be confusing for most people to deal with. The trick is to know exactly what you are looking for and how to get the best deal for what you want. There are many people who will focus on the excitement of it all and forget major details that must never be overlooked.
What you think might be the perfect home could be a money pit with a dozen or more problems that have to be taken care of. Before you purchase any home you must first hire a home inspector to look it over. They will be able to tell you what problems it might have and how much it would cost to fix them.
In order to make sure that you are getting the best deal you should hire your own inspector. Find someone whose license meets up with the state regulations. Most states require a continuing education requirement. Check and verify their license by contacting the state attorney general’s office.
Having a good license is only the first step. The one you choose should have enough experience to spot even the smallest of problems. Ask them how long they have been inspecting homes. Keep in mind that some only work part time or as a small second job. To better understand their experience level you should ask them how many inspections they do in a year.
When they are inspecting your first home make sure that they spend at least an hour or two. In the end you should be given a narrative report on everything, good or bad, that has to deal with the home. These reports are more effective because they provide you with every detail and require the inspector to search every part of the home.