I try to anticipate questions you might have regarding my service and provide the answers here. If you need additional information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will your inspection meet recognized standards?
A: Ask whether the inspection and the inspection report will meet all state requirements and comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics, such as the one adopted by the International Association of Certified Home inspectors. Customers can view the group’s standards of practice and code of ethics online at http://www.nachi.org/sop.htm and http://www.nachi.org/code_of_ethics.htm.
How long will the Inspection take?
A: Most inspections take about an hour to an hour & half per 1000 sq. ft. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home. Make time to attend the inspection!
Do you belong to a professional home inspector association?
A: There are many state and national associations for home inspectors, including the two groups mentioned above. Unfortunately, some groups confer questionable credentials or certifications in return for nothing more than a fee. Insist on members of reputable, nonprofit trade organizations; request to see a membership ID.
How do I choose a Home Inspector?
A: Call up and ask about their experience and what Associations they belong too. If for some reason you don’t feel comfortable asking the inspector this when speaking with them on the phone then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection. You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and has your best interest at heart.
How experienced are you?
A: Ask how long inspectors have been in the profession and how many inspections they’ve completed. They should provide customer referrals on request. New inspectors also may be highly qualified, but they should describe their training and let you know whether they plan to work with a more experienced partner.
How do you keep your expertise up to date?
A: Inspectors’ commitment to continuing education is a good measure of their professionalism and service. Advanced knowledge is especially important in cases in which a home is older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training.
What type of inspection report do you provide?
A: Ask to see samples to determine whether you will understand the inspector's reporting style. Also, most inspectors provide their full report within 3 days of the inspection.
Will I be able to attend the inspection?
A: The answer should be yes. A home inspection is a valuable educational opportunity for the buyer. An inspector's refusal to let the buyer attend should raise a red flag.