Regardless of whether you are looking to purchase a home, commercial space or property for investment, inspections are a core part of the process. Of course, you undoubtedly have a myriad other things to tend to, so it is understandable that this may make you feel even more stressed out. But, if you ignore it, you are looking at double the stress in the future. Getting this out of the way will be a huge load off your back, and you will be able to get rid of that incessant nagging voice in your head that will keep reminding you you were not thorough with the process. So on that note, here are a few tips to get you through an extensive and worthwhile building inspection.
You cannot really expect professional help to fall into your lap. You need to do a bit of digging around, but the Internet makes this a lot easier than you would expect, so you should be alright. You can even run a search on your smartphone. You can either scour options online, or ask friends and family, or do both. Recommendations are usually great since you get a first-hand account of the agent in question, although this is never a guarantee per se that they will be as good with you. However, ‘known devil’ situation here, so you call the shots with this one.
Vet Your Options
Before you hastily zero in on one, you should vet all your building inspectors accordingly. Especially if you have never worked with one before. You will find that there are so many different options out there, but shortlisting them will ease your load. Select top 5 agents that you think fit your needs best, then arrange meetings with them so you can have a chat face-to-face. This will help you get a better idea overall, allowing you to make the most informed decision when the times comes. Plus, you will have more faith in it as well since you went the extra mile.
Do not simply schedule your inspector to go on the day by themselves. Go with them. Sure they will send you a detailed report and offer advice on the whole thing, but you will not fully understand them. At least, not the way you are meant to. You are purchasing property of some kind, which is an investment you do not want to get wrong. You will also forego any second-hand market value if you are not careful. Which is why you should schedule a day and time that both of you can attend.
While they do not need to have 50 years of experience or anything, they most certainly should possess some experience in the market. Skill however, is not the same thing as experience so be wary of that. You want people who are good at what they do. Quality over quantity. When you meet with your top 5, you can have an in-depth chat about their experience, some complications and challenges they dealt with, and how they overcame them. It will help you get a complete picture of their operations.