New-To-You Home

On homes that are not new, Marston said to have a three- to 10-day window for the home inspection prior to buying. He said then if the inspector encounters many issues, he or she can do an addendum inspection to see if items have been corrected.

Inspector Inspection

Warning signs with home inspectors should be if they are not taking notes during the walk-through. Kuhn said that good inspectors use computer-generated reports.

“The inspector does not want to rely on their memory,” she said.

She said another warning sign is if they are taking shortcuts when checking things. She said an inspector should make a good effort to get into obstructed areas, such as crawl spaces.

Tom Kraeutler, host of the syndicated radio show and podcast called “The Money Pit” in New Jersey, said that consumers might not want to take the recommendation of their real estate agent when it comes to hiring a home inspector, to ensure fairness in the inspection.

“Watch out for inspectors that do repairs,” he added. “Never hire an inspector who’s in construction.”

They may have motives to bulk up repairs to increase their income.