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September 21, 2012


Will You Choose the Right Home Inspector?

by terresteinbeck RODEO REALTY

It seems as if it were only yesterday that home inspections were a rarity in the world of residential real estate. Those were the days when buyers trusted their gut instincts about a property. A first impression was the all-important yardstick. Today, however, very few people will sign on the dotted line without the blessing of a qualified inspector.

Obviously, you want an inspector worthy of the title, not a quack. But choosing one isn’t like selecting bananas. You don’t just test for ripeness. There are many critical factors to consider before zeroing in on the chosen one for your L.A. home. Basically, you’ll want to inspect the inspector. Here are some of the key points to consider:

  1. Is the Prospect Qualified? You’re about to plunk down a small fortune in down payment cash, monthly payments, and interest. You want a true maestro who’ll make sure endless repair costs and headaches aren’t added to your expenditures, thereby depriving you of yearly excursions to Maui. Ask your candidates every question under the sun regarding training, experience, and track record.
  1. Range.  You definitely want to know what will and what won’t be inspected. The last thing you need is the omission of a roof inspection. Unless you don’t mind raindrops falling on your  head at 3 a.m.
  1. Details. How complete will the report be? Will it provide detailed descriptions with full explanations? Or is it just a listing with check-off boxes?

OK, there’s your start. Now let it sink in for awhile. I’ll be hitting you with more of these gems very soon.

In the meantime, if you’d like more info about choosing a home inspector, feel free to reach out to me.  Or just fire your questions or comments into the box below. There’s always a vacancy.

And, of course, if you want to be connected to the latest info and opportunities in the Beverly Hills real estate market, I’m ready to make it happen.  Call or email today.

Back soon.

Terre Steinbeck

(310) 666-4094  DIRECT

(310) 724-7100   OFFICE

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