Recently I represented two young couples in their home purchase. Both buyers had a home inspection clause in their agreement and so once the agreement was executed ....they asked for some help on hiring a home inspector. From my experience, there are many people who are out there doing home inspections. NOT all are the same. So next time you are looking to hire one, here are some questions to ask BEFORE you hire him/her :
1.What does the inspection cover ?
A home inspector should be able to present you with a detailed list of what is performed during the inspection. Don't just settle with a verbal answer....make sure it is in writing.
2.What are your qualifications ?
Remember....experience counts. Ask how long the inspector has been in business and how many homes similar to the subject property he has inspected.
Also, ask about his credentials and what training he has completed ? Does he have any designations ? Does he belong to any associations ?
3.Do you also do some repairs or renovations ?
You don't want to enter into a relationship where there is a conflict of interest. You want an unbiased report as to the condition of the home and not someone who is looking to get some contracting work on the side.
4.How long will the inspection last ?
Make sure he takes his time and does a thorough job. You don't want someone who rushes so that he can move on to the next home inspection. On average, a TYPICAL detached home should take 2-3 hrs. The most recent home inspection I was part of took a little over 3 hrs.
5.Ask if they have some references ?
Get their names and contact them.
I hope that this will help anyone who is looking to hire an inspector. I believe that both my clients were very satisfied with their home inspectors and some of it was due to these questions they asked prior to committing.
Good Luck !!