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Questions to ask your home inspection agent

by Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES 03/19/2023

Two adults and one kid speaking with a home inspection agent

Purchasing a home is a big investment. Before finalizing the deal, it’s always a great idea to hire a home inspector to make sure the property is up to standard. 

It’s essential to hire a home inspector who’s knowledgeable and who has the right credentials. Here are some important questions to ask a prospective home inspector.

Are you licensed or certified?

Some states don’t require licensing procedures for home inspection agents. They may instead be certified through a home inspection certification agency. An agent may be required to have a license or work under a licensed professional, depending on the state you’re in. 

Therefore, it’s always a good idea to review your state requirements for home inspectors and to check your agent’s credentials. 

What does this home inspection cover?

Home inspections serve the purpose of examining an entire house to determine if it meets suitable living standards. All major systems like electrical, plumbing and HVAC are part of a standard inspection. 

It’s important to note which things are excluded from a home inspection, however. If you need your home inspected for termite damage, for instance, you may need to hire a separate inspection company.

Do you have any major concerns with the property?

Before the property is formally examined, ask the home inspector their thoughts on any concerns you have with the home. Your inspector should take your time and concerns seriously. If they are the right professional for the job, they’ll carefully review any points of worry you may have. 

Getting a house inspected may raise anxiety during the home buying process. However, a good home inspection agent can ease this feeling with thoroughness and attention to detail. 

About the Author

Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES

Ann Marie Damashek has always been a natural at helping people prepare their homes for sale. She started out with a successful business selling goods for people on eBay. "Nine times out of ten they were hiring me because they were down-sizing,” Ann Marie says. "So I decided to get my license. I said, ‘Might as well sell their house too.’” The transition was a smooth one and for nine years she’s had a thriving full-time real estate business that allows her to marry her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for helping others. With an office in Larchmont, New York, she serves all of Lower Westchester County, with her primary market in the Sound Shore region. The majority of her business is "sphere of influence” with former clients referring her to friends and family. A gifted communicator, Ann Marie quickly builds trust and rapport with her clients by being both thoughtful and responsive; she understands that during the purchase or sale of a home, a quick response time is crucial. "I am very accessible,” Ann Marie says. "I always make time for my clients. They can call me, text me, email me up until 10 o’clock at night and I will respond. I’m available on weekends. I get back to people very promptly. I’m very customer service-oriented.” Her clients appreciate her professionalism, passion and enthusiasm and as a result her repeat and referral rate continues to grow each year. While selling real estate is serious business, Ann Marie knows that at times humor and a moment of levity can be a relief to clients. While she has a laidback and easygoing personality, she can be assertive when needed on her clients’ behalf. She loves being of service to them, and the continually changing nature of the work keeps her engaged and fulfilled. "It’s never boring,” Ann Marie enthuses. "Every day is different. That’s probably what I like most about it. But I also enjoy helping people sell or buy and educating them about the process. I love helping them achieve their goals.” This ethic of service has resulted in well-deserved recognition. Ann Marie has received the Westchester Magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent Rating four years running, in 2015 and 2016 she was the #1 agent in her office, and she’s a Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent. To keep in touch with former clients, Ann Marie sends cards to mark special occasions or reaches out via email. To market her listings, Ann Marie uses Multiple Listing Services (MLS), as well as, a service that allows both agents and their clients access to MLS data. She also uses a Facebook business page and ads to boost new listings or promote upcoming open houses. "That drives a tremendous amount of traffic,” Ann Marie says. She also uses the most popular real estate websites such as Zillow and Trulia. A strong believer in giving back, Ann Marie sits on the Board of Trustees of her church and is involved in a variety of social justice projects. She’s affiliated with Furniture Sharehouse, a furniture bank for Westchester County, which collects and distributes gently used furniture free of charge to those in need. "I love it on so many levels because as a realtor, it’s helps my sellers downsize through charitable donations. I like the environmental aspect of it as well. And it helps people who truly need things.” She’s also involved in Impact 100, a women’s philanthropic giving organization. In her free time, Ann Marie enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. For the future, Ann Marie wants to continue expanding her business and developing her brand, and she someday hopes to grow a strong team. But her main goal is to stay in the real estate business, helping her clients to achieve their dreams.