A good home inspection starts with getting good home inspector. That’s not as easy as it sounds. Everybody, it seems, home inspector, is a home inspector, or wants to be a home inspector. As a consumer, your problem is how to tell the difference between those that know a little about it, and those that know enough.
Here’s a four tips from Holley Home Inspections on what to look for…
Home inspector qualifications count. Look for someone certified by professional association. While others may be able to make an inspection, you cannot ensure a uniform, and informed inspection without using a certified inspector.
Check out a sample report.
This is what you’re paying for so why not take a look BEFORE you shell out the inspection fee. A good report is not a mere checklist – it’s a comprehensive analysis of the inspected home together with some idea of what the findings mean – will they cost you? Should they be address now? Or later?
Good references mean good experience so if you have the time and opportunity, ask for references from your home inspector. It’s true that there are various reference websites, but these aren’t the same as actually talking to a previous customer. A good inspector will be able to provide them readily.
Ask questions before, during, and after.
A good inspector will always have time for your questions and will welcome them. So take advantage. Make sure you understand what the inspector says and don’t hesitate to probe deeper. It’s important you understand what you’re buying and a good inspector will make sure you can.