How to Choose a Home Inspector
When was the last time you had a home inspection? If you’re in the market for a new home, a home inspection can illuminate issues you may have missed, which you can bring to the attention of the seller before you decide to buy. For sellers, home inspections can allow you to make repairs before you put your house on the market. Home inspections cover mechanical systems, structural integrity, and cosmetic features, as well as other areas of the house.
So, how do you choose a home inspector?
Do Your Research
Choose an inspector before you shop for a home. Ask questions that include background, experience, and length of time they’ve been inspecting, what their report style is, and what kind of knowledge they have about home systems and structures. Request a sample report to see how they write and format them: good reports should include photos as well as explanations and fixes for any problems. A quality home inspector will listen to your questions and be happy to answer them.
Ask About Certifications, Credentials, and Memberships
An inspector should be willing to discuss their qualifications, training, and experience in regards to home inspections. Ask if they belong to any organizations or professional inspectors groups. InterNACHI, for example, requires members to pass an exam and adhere to professional standards while providing members with continued, up-to-date education. Be sure to ask about licenses and insurance, as well.
It never hurts to check an inspector’s references! Ask previous clients about how timely the inspector was, how thorough the inspection was, and whether they were satisfied with the report and service they received. Make sure the references you receive are people that have owned their home for a few months, or longer, because some problems that may have been overlooked can take a while to surface.
Ready to book your home inspection with Straight Shooter Property Inspection? Our inspector Terri is InterNACHI certified, so you can find her listed there! For bookings and other inquiries, contact us online or give us a call at 216-659-5435.