How to Choose a Home Inspector

What You Should Know About Your Home Inspector

Before you start talking about schedule and fees, you will want to make sure you choose the right home inspector. After all, purchasing a home costs a lot of money, so you want to make sure your investment is worth it. The right inspector will let you know if there are any red flags. Ask for the following information from your inspector.


Make sure the inspector is licensed with a professional inspectors association. Follow up with the organization itself to find out if the inspector is in good standing. These associations require a great deal of training and knowledge before accepting members. Being a member does not guarantee you have found an expert, but it is a good start.

Do You Have Building Experience?

Ask what kind of experience the inspector has. Ideally, she will have construction experience, since this is the expertise you are seeking. Make sure your inspector has experience working in similar structures as your home as well. You want someone who knows building codes and can analyze the structure of the home. It is not too big of a deal if the inspector is new to home inspections, as long as they have ample building experience.

No Quickies

Beware inspectors that promise to be in and out in an hour or two. A home inspection should take at least three hours, and more if the building is old. Ask to come along so you can find out about potential repairs. A good inspector will bring you along on the inspection and a great inspector will explain everything he sees.

Go Along

Ask your inspector if you can come along for the inspection. If they say no, be wary. Your inspector should want you to come along so she can teach you everything you need to know about the state of your home.

Reporting Purposes

Ask to see samples of previous inspection reports and share them with your lender. Lenders will often have specific requirements, so make sure that your inspection report will meet their needs.

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