Home inspection Process Choosing Home Inspector

Part 2 – Understanding the Home Inspection Process – Choosing a Home Inspector

Home Inspection Process series, we will be discussing the steps to choosing a home inspector.

Once you have determined that you need a home inspector, you will be ready to choose a home inspector to hire.  This can seem daunting to some, especially if you have never worked with a home inspector before.  However, it really isn’t such a difficult step.

First, you will want to ask your real estate agent, your friends, family and colleagues whether they have home inspector they would recommend. Many times, you will find that your colleagues or friends will know a home inspector they can recommend.  You real estate agent will usually have names of home inspectors that their buyers have used before if you do not find one.

Once you have some names to choose from, you will want to narrow down your list by doing some cursory research on the home inspectors.  You will want to find out the following things:

  • Are they licensed and certified?
  • How long have they been in the field?
  • How long will the inspection take?
  • How much is the home inspection?
  • Do they maintain a membership in a professional home inspector association?
  • Will you be able to attend the inspection?
  • What is the turnaround time to receive the report?
  • What will be provided with the report?

It is important to ask these questions of a potential home inspector. It will help you determine which inspector is the best for you. In addition to providing you with valuable information on which to base your final decision, interviewing a potential home inspector gives you a feel for how they engage with you and whether you will feel comfortable working with him or her.

It is important to consider the answers to some of these questions. You want to ensure you have someone that is licensed and certified to work in your state.  An inspection should take between two and four house so asking an inspector how long the inspection will take will give you a good feel for how thorough the inspector is. If he or she says it takes less time, you may want to consider someone else. You don’t want an inspector who rushes through the process.

Asking the home inspector if you can attend the inspection is important. Most inspectors will encourage you to go along on the inspection and will explain what they find along the way. If you interview an inspector that is hesitant to allow you to attend the inspection, you may want to consider it a red flag and try someone else.

Once you have interviewed the prospective home inspectors, you want to make your decision based on the answers to the question as well as whom you felt most comfortable with.  This can be the most lengthy step to the process but choosing a good home inspector is important to ensuring you get a good inspection report. Next in our Understanding the Home Inspection Process series, Part 3 – What Does a Home Inspector Do.  In case you haven’t read part 1

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