No matter if you want to buy or sell a residential property in Massachusetts, you owe it to yourself to have the property inspected by an experienced home inspector. That said, you also owe it to yourself to make the most of your time with an inspector.

American Financing offers several insights into teaming up with a home inspector. Know what questions to ask and what to look for in the inspection.

Questions to ask

Before hiring a home inspector, ask if you can look over a sample report, so you know the level of detail you can expect in your report. Also, determine whether the inspector specializes in commercial or residential properties. Find out what a standard inspection includes, and ask how many years of experience the inspector has. Essentially, you want to conduct an informal interview with the inspector, so you can determine whether the two of you are a good match, and so you get the information you need to determine your readiness to buy or sell.

Areas to focus on

Some areas of a home inspection require more attention than others. Homes built before 1978 may have lead-based paint, information that you need to know for your health. You also want the inspector to examine your home for mold and mildew thoroughly, which can negatively affect your health and overall property structure. The presence of termites is another home inspection area that demands intense scrutiny. Even though termites are not common in Massachusetts, it never hurts to check.

Home inspectors prove instrumental in successful residential real estate transactions. Keep the above information in mind if you hire one.