If you are looking at homes for sale in Cape May, New Jersey, you know that an essential part of the home buying process is a home inspection. You want to make sure that the home you buy is in good condition, and there is no problem hiding somewhere that you do not notice until you are moving in, when it is too late to get the sellers to do anything about it.

There are some questions you should ask your home inspector before, during, and after your home inspection. Here are some of these questions to help make your home inspection be successful.

Before The Inspection

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Do not settle for the first home inspector that pops up on your Google search. Take some time to talk to the home inspectors beforehand so that you can find the best one for you. You can even do this when you begin looking at homes for sale in Cape May, New Jersey, so you already have one lined up once you find a home.  Here are some questions to ask before the inspection:

  • What do you check?
  • What do you not check?
  • How long have you been an inspector?
  • What do you charge?
  • How long will an inspection take?
  • Can I come with you?

During The Meeting

Attending your home inspection is always a good idea so that you can see what the inspector is looking at and ask any questions right away. A home inspector's report is often highly technical, and it can be hard to decipher; it is much easier if the inspector can just tell you what is wrong.

The crucial questions to ask during the home inspection:

  • What does that mean?
  • How big of an issue is this?
  • What is that (suspected issue), and does it need to be repaired?
  • What are your main concerns about the house?

After The Inspection

Now that the inspection is finished, there are a few more questions you can ask the inspector. The reports they give can look intimidating, and you may need to check with them on certain issues in the report to ensure you do not need to worry about them.

  • These are some of the important questions to ask:
  • Can you clarify [issue]?
  • What specific problems concern you, and approximately how much will they cost to repair?
  • Is there anything I will need to do immediately after I move it?
  • Do I need to have another expert come in for a follow-up inspection?


These are just some of the critical questions to ask a home inspector when buying a home. There may be other questions or concerns that come up for you before, during, or after the inspection specific to the property or area you can ask. When you are looking at Cape May homes for sale, write down any questions you may have for a home inspector when you are looking at the home yourself, so that you can give them to the inspector when the time comes.

Todd Wilkinson is the Founder and Owner of FonHome Realty.  FonHome is a customer-centric brokerage where our clients are in control and our experienced agents are respected for providing the positive and exciting experience the real estate transaction should be. Todd is an accomplished real estate investor with an undergraduate degree in Financial Economics and a Masters’s degree in Business Administration.  Todd has held senior management and executive-level positions with the world’s two largest retailers and a successful startup venture.  Todd has served terms on the University of Arkansas Advisory Board and is actively involved with the St. Theresa School in Kenilworth.  Todd opened his own brokerage after feeling underserved in his personal experiences with real estate transactions and wanted a firm whose mission was on serving the fiduciary responsibilities guaranteed to the Buyer and Seller.  Contact Todd today for a free Comparable Market Analysis for your home or for advice on beginning your search for a new home at www.fonhomerealty.com.