How To Hire Us
When shopping for a home inspector, it’s vital that you do your homework and interview each inspector based on the checklist below
1. Is your participation at the inspection encouraged?
- Experienced, thorough inspectors will encourage you to be present at the inspection. This is your time to learn as much as possible about the property with regards to its defects, as well as its attributes. A good inspector will explain to you, in simple terms, as much as he can about the conditions he is documenting. It is critical that you understand everything that you can about the information that will appear in your property inspection report.
- Since there are no national standards for home inspectors, one of the best things you can do to find out about an inspector’s qualifications is to ask what associations they belong to. Some associations require minimum training, experience, continuing education and also require the inspector pass certain exams. However, not all associations are created equal. Check out the associations’ minimum requirements. The best associations require that the inspector pass yearly exams and obtain a specific amount of continuing education credits.
- When hiring a home inspector, you’re basically hiring an advocate with your interests in mind to give you their expert opinion on the home’s condition. With that in mind, making sure that you’re hiring an inspector with plenty of knowledge and training means not shopping for one by price alone. Training, certifications, and continuing education don’t come cheap to the inspectors and therefore, their expertise isn’t going to be cheap either. When it comes to home inspections – as with most things – you get what you pay for.
- Though most inspectors won’t have this information at their fingertips, an inspector should be happy to provide you with three references from previous clients. Call those clients and ask them about their experience with their inspections.
- Some states allow real estate agents and other professionals to make recommendations on what home inspector to hire. Besides the obvious conflict of interest issues; a recommendation does not necessarily guarantee that the inspector is the best choice. Make your own decision based on your research.