Inspectors are all the same, right?

False. Many do not know that Georgia is not a regulated state for home inspectors.
What does that mean? That means you want to ensure that your inspector themselves are certified to do the job (each individual holds the certification license, not the company). You will want to ensure the person themselves are certified to carry out the task at hand (most companies now you can verify with a name on their website that the person is certified through). This is a very huge purchase you are making.
What does it matter? Would you want someone to inspect your future home that just woke up this week, purchased a business license, and now say they are ready to inspect your home and make money? I know I wouldn’t.

Do homebuyers need to be present during the inspection?

It is not required that you do. We do recommend if you can to try and the last hour or so of the inspection attending to ask questions along the way and observe concerns with the inspector. Homebuyers have found that talking with their inspector brings more understanding about the home.

What does it mean when the inspection report reveals problems?

Keep in mind no home is going to be perfect. When problems are noted on the report just be aware of any issues such as risks, and heath concerns that may impact your decision. The role of an inspector is to help the client understand the full cost of ownership and things that can be found and what may need to be corrected. This way, if you decide you can negotiate with the seller to make repairs or cover their costs.

Why do I need a home inspection?

A home inspection may help you identify major repairs or builder oversights that you may not know by doing a quick walk through of a home. With such a huge purchase, have a peace of mind going through the process.