6 Steps to Selecting an Experienced Home Inspector

Posted by Steph Kaye on Monday, March 14th, 2016 at 8:55am.

Selecting a certified, experienced home inspector can often make or break the finalization of your home sale  or purchase.  While many clients choose to puruse the Yellow Pages in order to obtain such services, Lang Premier Properties suggests consulting your professional real estate agent, attorney, or mortgage company.  Inqiring after the suggestions and experiences of close friends and co-workers can be beneficial as well.  Another strong source to be utilized in the selection of an experienced home inspector is the National Association of Home Inspectors.  NAHI can provide a complete list of qualified inspectors in your area.  

Once you have narrowed your list to a few possible candidates, be sure to jot down some important questions to ask.  A quality home inspector will not be disappointed at your diligence.  A mediocre inspector might become defensive that you would question their abilities.  Remember: not all inspectors are created equal.

1. - Buying a home is one of the largest investments of a lifetime.  When selecting a home inspector, look for one who has experience in building; preferrably a licensed, general contractor or builder.  Because a house cannot be disassembled during a home inspection, it is helpful to retain an inspector who already knows how a particular wall was assembled and what may or may not be on the inside of that wall.  A home inspector who has actual home building experience has been involved in the installation and layout of various systems and will best understand how your house should work.  Be careful not to select an inspector who has obtained certification through a quick, two-week course.  A qualified, professional home inspector is one who has many years of experience under his or her belt and is a general contractor by trade.

2. - Inquire as to how long the inspector has been in practice.  Someone who works part-time and has limited experience could result in tremendous expense for you down the road.  Nothing is more valuable in the home inspection process than experience.  

3. - Do not accept a handwritten checklist from your home inspector!  A professional, experienced home inspector will provide you with a detailed, written report encompassing a detailed picture of the home on inspection day.  The report will also consist of itemized major components and their condition.  You can expect to see a list of items in need of maintenance or repair, thus preventing you from being affected by an unexpected expense in the future.  Major repairs/defects should be clearly identified accompanied by estimated repair costs if possible.  

4. - Request to see the inspector's professional affiliations in writing (National Association of Home Inspectors, International Conference of Building Officials, Environmental Protection Act, American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, etc.).  Such affiliations will be indicative of the inspector's depth of knowledge, experience, and insight into the business.  

5. - Your inspector will most likely use an electrical circuit analyzer, electronic carbon monoxide & fuel gas analyzer, digital moisture meter, digital camera, and measuring tape as tools of choice.  A ladder, level, and flashlight will serve great purposes in the process as well.  Nothing too messy!  

6. - Everything eventually comes back to cash.  Do not try to bargain hunt when you search out a home inspector.  You will indeed get what you pay for.  Be willing to shell out a few more dollars for QUALITY and EXPERIENCE in order to avoid paying larger sums of money down the road because the job was not performed correctly to begin with.  Afterall, hiring the best does not cost.  It pays!  

If you'd like to learn more about Selecting an Experienced Home Inspector, please don't hesitate to message Lang Premier Properties online or call us at 1-855-526-4466.

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