Most people don’t hire a home inspector on a regular basis. Knowing the correct things to ask when contacting them is important to ensure that you receive a quality inspection that meet all your requirements.
- Are you certified
-Reputable home inspectors will be members of the American Society of Home Inspectors or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.
- Background, please
-The best home inspectors are typically those who have experience in the real estate or building industry. This is especially important if you’re planning to purchase an older home, as inspectors may need to look for problems in older homes that are uncommon in newer properties.
- Years of Experience
–There is nothing quite like working with someone who has a proven track record. Training and years in the field allow qualified inspectors to know exactly what to look for during the inspection process.
- How long
–An average home inspection should take two or three hours to complete. Someone who says they will be in and out in under an hour is probably not going to do a very good job.
- What is included
–It is not a home inspector’s job to inspect things that can’t be seen. Your inspection will not reveal wiring problems hidden behind drywall or any mold problems under the shower tiles, unless the inspector is trained to spot these issues.
- Can I attend the inspection
–A refusal to this simple request should be a huge red flag. A home inspection is a great way to learn about your home and find out what repairs might be required. A forthright inspector should be happy to let you be a part of the process and give you this important insight.
- Inspection report
-Most inspectors will provide a report within 24 hours. It is crucial that the inspector’s reporting style meet the requirements of your mortgage lender as well as your own personal requirements. If you are concerned about this, request samples of previous home inspection reports.
At Bona Fide Home Inspections, we have thirty years of experience in the inspection industry. We offer complete home inspection results within 24 hours, and provide comprehensive details on our findings. Contact us to set an appointment today.