Would you buy a new car without taking it out for a test drive? Probably not. Whether you’re buying your first, second or even third home, it is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. That’s why having a thorough home inspection is key. Professional home inspectors are licensed by the state and must maintain their license through continuing education classes.

When researching for an inspector, it’s best to ask friends, family and your Realtor about past experiences. If they had a good experience, chances are you will too. Look for a reputable company — size isn’t a factor, but the larger companies may have specialized inspectors for your situation.

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