Twelve Important Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector
1. If, your Builder or Realtor has a list of preferred Inspectors, I would ask, why isn't Mickey Ellis Home Inspections at the top of your list?
Since, my firm is one of if not the highest rated Inspection firms in the Southeast, it would certainly make since that your Real Estate Professional truly has your best interest in mind, this should be one their highest priorities.
2. Are you a certified Master Inspector through the ASHI?
The state of Georgia does not require Home Inspectors to be certified. Because the inspectors are not required to be certified, all the more reason, the home buyer should be more careful about the inspector they hire. Furthermore, the reason I suggest ASHI, is because it is the most respected organization in the strictest states in the country, Florida and Alabama.
3. How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?
The inspector should be able to provide his or her history in the profession and perhaps even a few names as referrals. Newer inspectors can be very qualified, and many work with a partner or have access to more experienced inspectors to assist them in the inspection.
4. Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?
Related experience in construction or engineering is helpful, but is no substitute for training and experience in the unique discipline of home inspection. If the inspection is for a commercial property, then this should be asked about as well.
5. Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
Some inspector associations and state regulations allow the inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered in the inspection. Other associations and regulations strictly forbid this as a conflict of interest. It is my opinion that you never us an Inspector who would willingly provide construction or repair services in addition to Home Inspections.
6. How long will the inspection take?
The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is two to three hours for a typical single-family house; anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. Additional inspectors may be brought in for very large properties and buildings.
7. How much will it cost?
Costs vary dramatically, depending on the region, size and age of the house, scope of services and other factors. A typical range might be $225-$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Cost does not necessarily reflect quality. HUD Does not regulate home inspection fees. (Be very careful, because the inspector that needs the business or has a lack of experience will always be the lowest cost inspector).
"Commercial Inspections can cost a good deal more than this, call for a quote."
8. Do you accept major credit cards for payment of services?
8. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
Ask to see samples and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector's reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs. Most inspectors provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection.
9. Will I be able to attend the inspection?
This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector's refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
10. Do you maintain a professional home inspector membership in with
This probably should be the first question ask; there are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.
11. Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?
12. Do you provide me all of the Digital Photographs with the report?
Inspectors can hold a verity of Certifications ie; Home, Mold, Allergy, Fireplace, Radon and even more?
It's extremely important for Inspection Firms to be a one stop service company. If, the Inspector is any good he/she would be well verse in All types of construction, codes, manufacturer requirements and the list goes on. If, the Inspector doesn't have School of Life experience, "I would run as fast as possible".