Finding a Qualified Home Inspector
Did you know that – even as critical as home inspections are – most states do not regulate home inspections or home inspectors? It’s true, and for that reason it is imperative that you seek guidance and advice from a professional real estate agent or local Board of Realtors to be sure you hire a bona fide qualified professional. We can recommend several inspectors for you to choose from.
Here’s some key advice for picking a home inspector:
- Look for someone who is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors or the National Association of Home Inspectors. Both organizations hold members to standards of practice and a professional code of ethics.
- Make sure your home inspector is insured. Only the most established inspectors carry Errors and Omissions liability insurance, which is difficult to qualify for, and expensive. It protects both the inspector and you.
- Trust your instincts. If you do not feel comfortable with a prospective inspector, look elsewhere.
- Be very cautious about just randomly selecting someone off the Internet. Since their inspection may well be the clincher in your house deal, you want to be sure that the inspector you choose is a qualified professional.
Your home inspection is one of the final steps in purchasing your home, and one of the most important in guaranteeing its livability in the years to come. Don’t rush through the process, or hire just anyone.