Dear Home Buyer,
Buying a home will undoubtedly be one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make so having your home inspected is absolutely essential. The inspection is designed to help you make an informed decision by focusing primarily on significant items that are deficient from either a safety or costly repair point of view. It’s basically a “snapshot in time” of the property’s general condition on the day of the inspection, similar to a mechanic checking out a used car you’re thinking of buying except there’s a lot more at stake.
I’ve always thought the inspection should be inclusive so you are always welcome to join me as I conduct the inspection. It gives you a chance to ask questions and allows me to provide you with important information such as how to change the furnace filter or how to turn off the water, gas or electricity in the event of an emergency.
How you choose your inspector is also very important. Look for membership in a national organization such as the American Society of Home Inspectors which requires the passing of rigorous exams, adherence to national standards and completion of yearly continuing education courses. Talk with several inspectors and look at a sample report to determine if the inspector and their report can convey their findings in clear and understandable terms. Home inspection pricing will vary so price shopping is not the best method of selection. Reviews from such sites as Angie’s List or Google can be helpful and of course referrals from relatives, friends, and Realtors are great but always let the final choice be yours.
As a final note, if I can ever answer any questions or be of any help, even if you haven’t used me for your inspection, please don’t hesitate to call and of course congratulations on your new home purchase.
Richard Cummings, ACI
About Richard Cummings
Oklahoma resident for more than forty years and an inspector for the past ten. Continually meets or exceeds the continuing education requirements of the State of Oklahoma and the American Society of Home Inspectors. Routinely speaks to first time home buyers on “The Importance of the Home Inspection” at homeownership workshops, offered through the Neighborhood Housing Services of Oklahoma, ([email protected]).
- A graduate of the Midwest Inspectors Institute (2007) – Lansing, KS
- American Society of Home Inspectors – ASHI # 247953 (2007) – Certified Inspector, ACI
- Served as “Subject Matter Expert” (SME) – National Home Inspectors Exam Board (2014)
- Completed “Commercial Inspection” course by CDW Engineering of Toronto, ON (2018)
- Association of United States Postal Lessors – Certified Inspector (2017)
- Licensed and Fully Insured – Oklahoma License # 1038