How to Choose a Home Inspection Company

Choosing a home inspection company can be a daunting proposition. There's so much at stake when purchasing a property. Consider these points and questions before deciding on a home inspector.

Qualifications.  Make sure a full time home inspection service is selected that is well qualified with at least 5 years of experience.

Insurance.  Does the company carry E&O insurance?  Is it bonded?  A good company should be both.

Certifications, Licenses, Training.  What certifications and licenses does it have?  What training did the inspectors receive?  Do the associations that they are members of have an ongoing education program?

Inspections.  How many inspections did they conduct last year?  A full-time inspector will most likely conduct over 250 inspections per year. What does the inspection cover?  The property inspection should cover in a detailed report all structural and mechanical systems of the property.  A single family, single story home inspection should require approximately 2 hours to conduct.

Report.  A complete inspection report will cover in detail and in an easy to read format comments on condition, age, function, remaining life and adequacy of the system for that particular home.  All reports should include any and all areas of the home that require attention, repair or maintenance.  The inspection should include a diagram of the home indicating the location of various utilities, mechanical equipment and areas that require attention or repair.  The report should also contain pictures and a narrative summary and overview.

Whenever it is possible, the client should be present at the time of the inspection so that the inspector can explain areas that need attention and so that they can become more familiar with their new home or property.  If the client cannot be present, a representative or real estate agent should be present.


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