What does your inspection cover?
inspector should ensure that their inspection and inspection report will meet
all applicable requirements in your state if applicable and will comply with a
well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics. You should be able to
request and see a copy of these items ahead of time and ask any questions you
may have. If there are any areas you want to make sure are inspected, be sure
to identify them upfront.
How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many
inspections have you completed?
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.
Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?
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.
Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
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.
How long will the inspection take?
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.
How much will it cost?
vary dramatically, depending on the region, size and age of the house, scope of
services and other factors. A typical range might be $300-$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.
What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive
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.
Will I be able to attend the inspection?
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.
Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their
membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.
Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up
can never know it all, and the inspector's commitment to continuing education
is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer. This
is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes unique
elements requiring additional or updated training.
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