Finding the best home inspector for you!

In Home Inspectionsby Mark GoodmanLeave a Comment

How do you find the right home inspector?    The answer is relative to your needs. Most real estate professionals have their favorite inspector or a list of several they can provide you with. However, would you make a major purchase without doing your own research? Finding the best home inspector or more importantly, the one that is the right fit is important.

Make a checklist.

  • How long have they been in business?
  • Read client reviews.
  • What are their qualifications (home inspection and related industries)?
  • What is their background?
  • Are they familiar with homes of the same era and similar construction methods? All homes are not alike, there is a difference between a 20 and 120 year old one, one that has a stone foundation verses a concrete one, a log home, solid masonry or one that is frame constructed.
  • What professional organizations are they members of?
  • What are their certifications (IE. ASHI Certified Inspector)?
  • Are they covered by Errors and Omission insurance?
  • Do they want you to be present at the time of the inspection?
  • How long does the average inspection take?

The Home Inspection

The home inspection is an objective non-invasive visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. It won’t reveal any problems hidden behind walls or ceilings where the home inspector can’t possibly see. A home inspection is simply put a snap shot of the homes condition at the time of the inspection. Typically covering the conditions of the home’s heating/cooling and interior plumbing, interior electrical systems, roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows/doors, foundation, basement, and structural components.

When hiring a home inspector, you want the inspection performed to meet the ASHI Standards of Practice and the inspector to abide by the ASHI Code of Ethics. As municipalities all adopt different building codes the home inspector likely will not quote code but will have the knowledge to inform you what things are correct and not correct along with if the systems are safe or in need of major repairs.

Finally, read a sample inspection report. A good home inspection report will clearly identify the issue, it’s location, explain the significance of the problem if it’s not obvious, and give a recommended course of action. Remember the job of the home inspector is to educate you on the condition of the house you are buying so that you can make an educated decision. Look to your realtor for advice on how to proceed with your purchase based upon the information provide to you by your home, sewer lateral, radon testing, termite and any other inspections you had performed.