How To Hire The Right Inspector
Hiring a qualified and certified home inspector can be a daunting task. There are lots of people to choose from, and while we want you to seriously consider Affordable Inspection Services for all your needs, we understand that we simply cannot do it all.
In an effort to help our community make the best choices, here’s what to look for when selecting an inspector:
Hire an inspector certified by a national agency. Laws regulating the home inspector market vary wildly from state to state, and some states have nearly zero laws at all! By hiring someone that you can verify with an organization such as InterNACHI, you can be assured that the individual you hire is qualified to do the inspection – and often times their work is guaranteed by InterNACHI.
Hire an inspector who only does inspections. By hiring an inspector that also performs repairs or is a general contractor, they will often approach the inspection as a repair or sales opportunity, which can have less than ideal results for the home owner or seller.
Hire an inspector that is bonded & insured. This protects both the buyer and the inspector from liability in the event of an accident during the inspection, a critical error during an inspection, or worse!
Ask for references. Even inspectors that are just starting out should be able to provide educational and certification references, while inspectors with years of experience can also provide client references.
Look for an inspector that can communicate clearly and is willing to walk you though the inspection. While you may not be able to tag along for every step of the inspection for safety reasons, your inspector should be able to clearly communicate issues to you and show you where and how your home is affected.
Understand exactly what is included in your inspection. Ask your inspector exactly what services are included in your inspection, and ensure that it covers all your needs. Some inspectors, such as Affordable Inspection Services, can provide Thermal (infrared) inspections as well as a variety of other services, and you will want to make sure the capabilities of your inspector meet your needs.
Ask to see a sample reports. Any qualified inspector should be able to show you a sample report that details the results of an inspection. These sample reports are very similar to what your report will look like at the end of your service, and gives you an opportunity to ask questions about specific features or to get clarification on services.
Special expertise & services. The quality of your inspection can vary greatly based on what your inspector can bring to the inspection for special services and expertise. Affordable Inspection Service offers a variety of services and special expertise.
Cost. Choosing an inspection service purely on cost could end up costing you a lot more money in the long run. Choose someone that has the experience, expertise, certifications, and services that you need. Not every inspection service can provide the same services, so do your homework to ensure that you are receiving the best value – not the lowest cost.
Affordable Inspection Services meets all of the requirements on this page (and many other pages of similar topics on the internet), so contact us today to get your inspection scheduled!