Tips on Hiring a Certified Home Inspector

A home inspection can help both the buyer and the seller of the property come to an agreement about any repairs that the property needs. With so much riding on the determination of the home inspection, it is crucial that the property is inspected by a certified home inspector who is licensed, insured, and has a solid reputation for doing a thorough inspection. A few tips on questions to ask before hiring a certified home inspector can help to set you in the right direction.
Ask How Long The Inspector Has Been In Business
Try to find out a little bit of information about your home inspector; how long has he been a home inspector? How many homes has he inspected? Can he provide you with a solid history and a list of references?
Armed with this information you will feel confident that the home inspector that you have selected will have your best interests at heart during the home inspection process.
Ask For Certification And Licensing Details
Before you sign on the dotted line, ask your home inspector if you can see evidence of his licenses and certifications. Take the additional step of verifying the credentials with local and regional home inspection agencies as well as verifying the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Additionally, you should be absolutely certain that you obtain a copy, or at least see evidence of the home inspector’s insurance policy. This will help to protect you in the event that the property is damaged during the home inspection process.
Ask What Is Going To Be Inspected
Ask the home inspector to provide you with a comprehensive list of the items on the property that will be inspected. If you are the potential home-buyer then you should be certain that the items you are most concerned about will be inspected thoroughly.
A home inspector who is certified, reliable, and experienced will be able to help you to carefully evaluate all vital parts of the property to ensure that the home is structurally sound and will not require extensive repairs beyond what the home buyer is expecting to have to deal with upon closing.
Ask How Long The Inspection Will Take
As a general rule of thumb, it should take a minimum of four hours to do a thorough inspection on a single-family home; if your potential home inspector states that he can get the process done in much less time then you may want to do a little more research into his abilities to do a good job with the inspection.
Keep in mind that larger properties, or commercial buildings, may require more than one inspector. If multiple home inspectors will be working on your inspection then you should verify how many people will be involved in the process and also ensure that any additional costs are taken into consideration.
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