The inevitable home inspection looms large for anxious homebuyers waiting to purchase their new property. The process is tenuous, as finding the right home inspector can be fraught with doubts. After all, your decisions whether or not to buy the house rests largely in their hands. Make the process easier and know what questions to ask when interviewing home inspectors.
1. Are you certified in home inspection?
Inspectors can be accredited through The American Society of Home Inspectors. A certification ensures (hopefully) their proficiency in home inspection. Ask to see their certifications.
2. How long have you been inspecting homes?
A newer inspector is not necessarily less qualified, but it is always good to know how long a person has been doing his or her job. If you don’t feel confident about the person’s expertise, ask for referrals.
3. What does the inspection cover?
Make sure that the inspection report satisfies the requirements of the state. The inspector should be able to show you the itemized list of what the inspection covers.
4. Is this your only business?
Often home inspectors also work as contractors, which can provide a conflict of interest and make the inspection report suspect. State regulations often prohibit inspectors from doing repairs themselves.