As a seller you may be surprised with the title of this article, since most of the information regarding inspectors is bombarded towards buyers. However, if you are thinking about selling your home you should think about inspecting your home prior to putting it up for sale. A good home inspector will point out deficiencies that you can possibly fix and ask for a higher price. Moreover, by doing an inspection before you put the ‘for sale’ sign up you will know what to expect at the negotiation table.

Do not make the mistake and call up the first home inspector ad you see. Instead do a bit of research, ask your friends and family so that you know that the inspector you are hiring has reliable references. If your friends and family do not have any suggestions you can call up the Better Business Bureau to find a professional inspector in your area. Moreover, you can ask your agent if they can recommend an inspector who does their job well. Once you have a few possible candidates go further with your interview process. Ask about their experience, qualifications, and education. You should not hesitate to ask for a list of references from former clients. An experienced inspector who takes their job seriously should have a checklist that they go by. In fact prior to you even asking for it, the inspector should give you a copy as a heads up of what you can expect. This checklist should be more than just a few pages long. If the check list seems short then this is an indication that the inspector is not thorough enough and if the inspector seems hesitant once you ask for the check list, then this is a big red flag that you should not ignore. It is a good idea to accompany the inspector once he starts checking the home, this way you will have a better idea of the issues found. If the home inspector insists that they would like to be on their own, then this is not the person you wants checking out your home. Do not forget to pay attention to the customer service. When you try to get a hold of the inspector do they return your calls in a timely manner, or once they answer do they give you the time you need to get all your questions answered. Selling or purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you will be faced with in life and you want people working with you who will be able to help and not make your life harder. Some things in terms of home inspections that you can expect are listed below:

•The average home inspection costs from about $300-$500
•A report ranging from 20-65 pages with photos should be sent to you within 24 hours
•Do not try to bargain, as this may cost you a lot more in the long run