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How to hire an expert home inspector

By Trulia | Published: Oct 14, 2009 | 30 Comments

When you get serious about buying a particular home, an important step is to have the home inspected for both minor and major defects. Follow these steps to find a qualified home inspector who will deliver an accurate and complete report.

  1. Start early

    Choosing a home inspector is an important process, so begin your search for an inspector before you start looking at homes. That way, you'll have more time to vet professionals.

  2. Get an engineer

    You'll want to hire an inspector who has a broad knowledge about a home's systems, so it's smart to hire an inspector who's a licensed professional engineer (PE). You can search for PE's on the website for the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers. If a home has a structural problem, for instance, the opinion of a PE is extremely valuable.

  3. Get recs

    One of the best ways to find a skilled home inspector is to seek out the recommendations of friends, family, or a trusted real estate agent. (Do not choose an inspector who has an affiliation with the seller's real estate agent, or the agency that's selling the home.)

    You can also search for quality home inspectors in your area on the American Society of Home Inspectors' website. The website can provide you with the contact information of inspectors who have met ASHI's code of ethics and standards of practice.

    NAHI, the National Association of Home Inspectors, has a website that also allows you to search for local home inspectors.

  4. Do a background check

    Look into whether the inspectors you're considering hiring have ASHI certification. Also find out whether your state regulates home inspectors, and if they do, check each inspector's license with the state and research whether there have been any complaints against him or her. You can check up on your inspector on sites like the Better Business Bureau and Angie's List.

  5. Interview

    Talk to inspectors you're considering and ask them about their expertise, background, how long they've been in the business, how many inspections they've performed, how they will conduct their inspection, what will be included in their report (you'll want a computer-printed report, not a handwritten one), and what they charge for their services. Ask to see a sample copy of a written report he or she has completed.

    You'll also want to ask if the inspector will provide photos of problematic areas, as well as a checklist of systems checked. Find out how long the inspection will take -- expect a quality inspection to take at least a few hours. Ask your inspector how long it will take for the completed report to be returned to you.

  6. Be insured

    Make sure the inspector you hire carries errors and omissions insurance specifically for conducting home inspections. The insurance's purpose is to cover mistakes or oversights (e.g., home flaws an inspector may have overlooked) of a home inspection. Inspectors who have E&O insurance have a better ability to cover any claims filed against them. Those who don't have the insurance are less likely to pay a claim.

  7. Shadow the inspector

    The day of the inspection, you'll want to be there. You'll get an idea of how good a job the inspector did; he or she can also show you and explain problems found in person, or assure you that minor faults found aren't major ones.

Comments

By Montana1001,  Mon Oct 26 2009, 17:27
While well-intended, these "tips" are neither practical nor examples of much careful understanding of home inspection. A few are fine, though practically all are naively theoretical rather than knowledgeable. Who would argue with checking the Better Business Bureau's accreditation and ratings for companies -- all companies -- before making a pick, for example? But generally, the tips show a misconception of home inspecting nationally, and in most states, as well as inadequate information about the profession.

In most states, for example, home inspectors are licensed. But real estate buyers and sellers would never know it from this list of "tips." Licensing standards vary among states, but throughout the great majority of America's real estate, the first step in qualifying a home inspector is to be sure the inspector is licensed. Most licensing states have "dot.gov" web sites that list licensed inspectors. Best to check names there first.

The idea of looking for an inspector on the web site of a home inspection organization, as in "Get recs" (Tip 4), is OK, but exceedingly limited and likely misleading. The tip leaves consumers unaware that ASHI (the American Society of Home Inspectors) and NAHI (the National Association of Home Inspectors), the two sites mentioned in the "tip," are promotional and marketing groups for home inspectors formed before states started licesning. They used to "certify" their own inspectors, but that was prior to licensing. Today, they are trade groups with meetings to swap "war stories" and web sites to promote their own members, but not objectively choose among all home inspectors in any area. Each group's web site now will recommend, or market, its own members (who pay for the privilege) and never mention members of equivalent national professional groups, such as InterNACHI (the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors), or other good home inspectors who are not joiners. So a check of NAHI's web site, for example, will turn up inspectors who pay to be there (whether or not they're licensed) but will not turn up equally qualified and capable inspectors who belong to one of the other groups. It's not a black mark to be an ASHI member and not a NAHI or InterNACHI member, or vice versa. In fact, some states that adopted national standards of practice for inspectors, let inspectors choose their own standard from among various groups such as NAHI, ASHI and InterNACHI (and it can help to know which standard applies in those states).

Further, consumers should know that none of these groups has the authority, power, or will to take incompetent inspectors off the streets. They never have even tried, really. In fact, if you think about it, their incentives run the other way. Each of the national groups lives off inspector annual membership dues, so the more members, the better. They do good things, like sell classes where home inspectors can learn more, but they do not police the profession. And none of them offers an impartial referral service that includes all qualified home inspectors in a particular locale, regardless of membership (or lack thereof).

In licensing states, the applicable licensing laws and regulations supersede all national trade group standards, "certifications," and the like, regardless of whether it's ASHI or NAHI or any of the others.

The "Get an Engineer" item, for another example, fails to recognize the limits of a PE license. In the 34 states that license home inspectors, an engineer is not licensed to write a home inspection report. Professional engineers do not pretend to be inspectors of toilets or air conditioning condensers or furnaces, for instance. The idea is like suggesting "get an electrician" or "get a plumber," two other specialty fields generally licensed in most states. In fact, licensed home inspectors are like family doctors; PE are like surgeons. Home buyers could hire a team of specialists (PE, electrician, plumber, HVC, etc.) and pay each to inspect in their specialties to get the whole picture, just as patients could hire a team of specialists for their annual physical. Or home buyers can hire one generalist with the expertise to say what deficiencies exist and recommend further evaluation by a specialist, including a more costly PE, or electrician, if necessary (usually saving a bundle of unnecessary up front fees), just as patients typically go to a general family doctor first for their physical and to help them decide if a specialist is needed.

Whether consumers are getting ready to hire an agent or an attorney or a home inspector or any other real estate professional, the first step is to learn the rules and the economic incentives at work. Regrettably, these "tips" don't do the job.
By David Nuss,  Sat Dec 26 2009, 05:20
Your Realtor can help you find a qualified inspector and the other professionals needed during the home buying experience.

Dave Nuss, Oregon Licensed Real Estate Broker/Realtor
http://www.Homes-SalemOR.com
By Anthony Perez,  Sat Jan 30 2010, 01:43
As a 21 year B, C-53, C-27, C-36 and A-1 engineering contractor and certified home inspector, I'd like to make some comments on the article.

1) To get an early start is sound advice but I have a few issues with the other advice.

2) For the first thing, to retain an engineer is going to be more costly and unless they are experienced in actual construction, services and repairs or well trained as a home inspector I do not believe that an engineer would be any good as your inspector, yes the engineer is well studied in structural design, etc. and may have a great education and resume but the engineers that I know really do not know squat about a complete functioning home. They have no clue of what they are looking for when searching out defects. Example; when I go to the B&S to obtain a permit I'm well known there because of my longevity in the Biz the engineers are always asking me about failing home systems or "how to" questions, in my opinion it is better to find an inspector with a substantial "hands on" construction background in various trades, somebody that knows how a water heater actually works or an air conditioner, landscaping or roofing, etc. call an engineer when your foundation or structure starts to give way or your retain wall is failing... but not to check your furnace or toilet.

3 and 4) Recommendations are good, I also know contractors that do lousy work but once in a while they get lucky and out of 10 jobs make one customer happy and that one job out of ten is going to be your reference so you really can't rely on that, it's better to check credentials and longevity, check the BBB and if licensed check the license board and bonding co. for complaints.

5) An interview is again "OK' but what can you really learn from a person in ten to twenty minutes, they could also tell you a few fairy tails.

6) E & O insurance is no guarantee of anything you'll be surprised how many claims are declined or they only pay the fee that you paid the inspector or end up in a two year litigation that will drain you. have you ever dealt with an insurance co? OK , I rest my case.

7) shadowing the inspector to a certain degree is OK but we don't want you climbing roofs or walking on rotted decks or crawling under houses with us, unless you sign off liability if you fall off our ladder or fall through a rotted deck, etc.

My recommendation: make sure they are certified check their status with NACHI, NAHI or whatever organization they are certified with, make sure they have some CEU's (continued education) check the BBB, check the license, bond or any agency they are affiliated with. The same happens with contractors all the time you can do all the checking in the world think you have 'the right one' and you could still come up with a poor job or a dispute.

Longevity is probably most important if they have over five years in the Biz 10 is better or are directly related with construction it shows that they are in for the long haul.

Anthony R. Perez, Los Angeles, Ca @ http://www.CAsafebuildings.com or any questions or comments @ CAsafebuildings@yahoo.com
By Daniel Cullen,  Sat Jan 30 2010, 16:18
All good comments but I think that you're all making the process more difficult than it needs to be.

Using a recently laid-off professional engineer who has designed wiring harnesses on a Boeing jet and who has a newly minted certificate from "Inspectors R Us University" versus the hiring of a home inspector with a deep background in the building trades and a few thousand inspections under his/her belt would be a very serious mistake.

The quickest, surest, and easiest way to hire a good home inspector is to go to the inspector's website (Every inspector should have one for pete's sake, it's 2010!) and view the sample reports that he/she SHOULD have posted there.

The proof is in the pudding and the pudding IS THE REPORT!

Why not cut directly to the chase and just look at the inspector's report? That is the actual PRODUCT that the home buyer is purchasing. Isn't that what we would do if we were searching for pretty much any other product?

Another good way to find a competent inspector is to look on Angies List. Go their site and see for yourself. http://www.angieslist.com
By Quest Inspection Services,  Thu Jun 24 2010, 07:28
Montana1001 nailed it! Some good comments by all though.
Daniel is correct VIEW A SAMPLE REPORT! If it is a check list or has a bunch of photos( what to they really show?) avoid them!
Angies list? I had a higher up in an inspection organization tell me to get on board with Angies list and have my friends go on and make positive comments and recommendations. The comments read on Angies list are unreliable in my opinion. pro or con
By Judi Monday, CRS,  Sun Jul 11 2010, 15:33
Take the time to read "10 Questions Buyers Should Ask Home Inspectors" that appeared in Realtor.org.

The inspection period is a critical component of the home buying process and a well qualified Home Inspector can make the difference between feeling as happy as you felt the day your contract was accepted when you finally move into your new home or feeling like you've make a huge mistake on the biggest investment most people ever make.

Remember, not all Home Inspectors are created equal so do your homework and choose wisely.
By Fran Rokicki,  Mon Sep 27 2010, 16:53
In the state of Connecticut, our home inspectors must be licensed and insured. Good safety nets for buyers and sellers. Ask your Realtor for three names and then, call them. Talk to them about what your concerns and questions may be. Ask people that you know, who they used when they purchased their home. A good referral goes a long way!
By Montana1001,  Thu Oct 14 2010, 12:43
Without doubting that Fran means well, consumers also should recognize that, purely as a matter of economics influencing behavior, the economic incentives do not weigh in favor of a Realtor (or anyone else paid solely out of the closing) handing out the names of the most thorough and meticulous home inspectors they can find. Once any party to a transaction has a serious interest in the closing, because that's the only way they get paid, then simple economics makes closing the deal critically important, predictably. It often overshadows all other interests. Not for everyone, of course, but you have to play the odds. There are fine agents and brokers around the nation. "Some of my best friends are" terrific agents or Realtors. Yet, those who prefer seeing their buyer void a contract because the house needs repairs are far more rare in most home inspectors' experience than agents who prefer to see the deal close anyway.

As a result, agent and broker "three name" referral lists (especially when the agent whispers one name in a customer's ear) all too often are lists of home inspectors known to go easy and inspect less thoroughly than quickly (taking less time of the few agents who attend).

It is better policy for consumers, economists might explain, to play the economic odds. Get the three name list from an agent or broker. Then avoid those names. The odds hugely favor people behaving as cash motivates -- the broker putting the commission check, picked up only at closing, ahead of the skillful inspector who might slow, or smoke, the closing. If the agent's inspector goofs, or flat misses, there's not much realistic relief after a closing. Lawsuits don't really make much sense until damages are over $50,000, and getting an agent or broker to pay is an uphill struggle at best. Besides, who wants that hassle?

Similarly, consumers who hear an agent say something like "I can get you a cheaper home inspector than the one you just mentioned" should go on "red alert." "Cheap" does not equal "top flight, really good" -- in home inspectors or anything else. But it's often a way to steer buyers to home inspectors motivated less by their clients than by the agents who refer them business. Here's a suggestion: if an agent says they know a cheaper inspector than the one you picked, and it will save you $50, $100, or whatever, just tell them you'd rather take the $100 off the agent commission or the home pruchase price. This is solid economics, again; not criticism of the agent. $100 off a $500 inspection fee is just $100 in your pocket. But $100 off the home purchase price, or the agent commission if it's rolled into the mortgage, is $400 in your pocket -- by the time you pay off a 30-year mortgage. If you can get 4:1 for your dollar instead of 1:1 is that a tough choice, economicallky? (For example, every $100,000 borrowed costs $100,000 -- $1 per dollar -- to pay back, plus more than $100,000 in interest over a typical flat 6% 30-year mortagage -- add another $1+ per dollar of price. That's $2 for every $1 of price already. Doubling your $100 saving is reason enough to cut price this way, but we're just starting. Then, almost double that amount -- about $2 for every dollar in the purchase price -- gets paid in taxes, insurance, and maintenance over the same 30 years. Total: $4 for every $1 of purchase price or agent commission.)

Check out the tips above at the 10/26 posting for a few more effective, and economically rational, ways to select home inspectors. Then, here's a little update:

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, recently enacted and often called the "Dodd-Frank financial reform law" in the media, includes specific provisions -- at Sec. 1451 -- to help get solid information on home inspecting to home buyers and sellers. Whod've thunk it? But since lots of the trouble in the 2007 Meltdown arose from disasterous home deals (that banks and agents didn't stop, among others), it makes sense.
Sec. 1451 requires all mortgage lenders, housing counseling agencies, and HUD to give consumers standardized federal information on the importance of getting a good home inspection. Consumers are required to be given the information "on first contact," when they arrive -- not just if they fill out some application form. The information specifically includes publications such as "For Your Protection: Get A Home Inspection." (You can find the current version at http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsq/sfh/insp/inspfaq.cfm.) It's a short, clean explanation of "why a buyer needs a home inspection" (even though I've known plenty of agents who tried to tell buyers they did not need one, for some reason). It covers 2-3 other key topics, like "Appraisals are Different from Home Inspections" and "FHA Does Not Guarantee the Value or Condition of your Potential New Home." It also explains the need for radon indoor air quality testing. Not a bad one-pager. Other publications like that also are ordered under the law.

The financial reform law also goes to on require the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency to publish more such information. Things are getting better for home buyers, over all, in many ways, now that most of the worst fires are out and arson investigators are in. It would be no surprise to find that agents and brokers end up relieved, in time, to be able to hand out a solid, standard, printed explanation of the importance of a home inspection. It's time everyone in real estate sharpened their skills at managing requests for repairs after home inspections, rather than avoiding them to go directly to the closing.
By Fran Rokicki,  Fri Oct 29 2010, 17:27
Actually, we are buyer agents, here in Connecticut. Again, our home inspectors must be licensed by the State of Connecticut. That is a relatively, new law here. It came out, after the form, For Your Protection, Get a Home Inspection. Those forms are and have been used for buyers, for years. I realize that every state may not have that home inspector licensing law, but, we do. Whether they buy the house or not, because of an inspection issue, doesn't matter. Getting to the closing, is not the important event. That's not how I work. We are looking to serve that buyer. If the buyer is happy with their Realtor, they will refer their friends and family. So, to me, having the client served well, will continue my business to grow, because they will send me referrals. People who know that they can trust me to serve them, beyond their expectations. I have been doing so for 25 years:) Most of my business, is by referral That's why I suggest that my clients, ask their friends and family, to recommend names of inspectors that they may know. Having knowledge from a referral, is invaluable, to everyone.
By David Chiles,  Thu Nov 4 2010, 08:50
This is a great process to follow when hiring a home inspector. Please be aware that you can be as thourough as you want with each step. For example, step number 3 is to get recommendations. You get any where from three to five different recommendations for inspectors, with three being sufficient and five being thourough.
By Joe Serino,  Wed Jan 19 2011, 16:59
I am a licensed NJ inspector of 18 years. There are minimum standards of practice set by the NJ State Board of Engineers. As with any minimum standards, they are followed by many inspectors because it is a way of reducing their liability. All NJ inspector carry compulsory E&O and liability insurance.

A home inspection is a visual observation and report of the readily accessible and main components of a property. The report should be objective and unbiased and literally be the same whether a buyer or a seller orders it from the inspector. Inspectors can't see inside walls, but knowledge and experience create an intuition that can save hundreds and thousands of dollars of wasted followup opinions and tests. That is what you should be paying for.

A licensed engineer may or may not have that additional experience. He may be 'green' and full of theory, which will complicate the process of assessment in the field. He can't see in walls. He knows no more, and in fact, maybe much less about other aspects such as electrical, plumbing, energy efficiency, mold conditions and wood destroying organisms. Yes, and you will pay more for his PE degree.

References are always a smart thing as a consumer. Obviously, an inspector with thousands of past clients has done many things right. Definitely call and interview the inspector. He should be able to answer every question comfortably and even provide answers to questions you did not know to ask! At the inspection, he will be your adviser and guide to what, where, how and why in the house. Follow him in the crawl space or attic if you want...you are the boss!

I hope that helps. I am a sole proprietor with over 7500 inspections in my career. I have studies in engineering, biology and graduate level critical thinking - all credentials beyond the minimum standard.

Joe Serino
J Serino Inspections
732-213-6260
By Peter Bennett,  Tue Jan 25 2011, 13:26
Excellent comments and here are mine...
1. Just like you should do your homework on how to choose an home inspector, the writer of this article obviously did not as most of the tips are off base.
2. What about technology and devices during the inspection? Why no mention of it. (NJ has a required tool list and doctors, engineers, etc. don't)
(psst here's a hint - infrared thermal imaging. Choose any inspector who does not use this service, and it will cost you, I guarantee it!)
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By Alpha Home Inspection,  Wed Mar 2 2011, 18:49
In my state of Missouri, Home Inspectors are not regulated by the state. State regulation is NOT going to make home inspectors, or any other profession for that matter, perfect. It just provides a "sense of security". Doctors are one of the highest regulated professions and there are still incompetent doctors. No amount of licensing, education or bright shiny gizmos are going to be the absolute indicator of how good an Inspector is. The inspectors motivation and whats in his heart is whats important but is also the hardest to see.

As a home inspector myself with 18 years experience my recommendation is:

Most real estate contracts have a default 7 or 10 days to complete inspections. I would recommend asking for at least 15 days. I will explain in the next phew paragraphs.

In most cases take the "Inspector list" that your Realtor may give you and put it in the trash at your first opportunity. Those inspectors are, but a small sampling of capable inspectors. Also I hate to say it, but, they are on that list for a reason!

This now brings me to my explanation of the first paragraph. Qualify and hire you own Inspector, independent from the transaction. Interview them on the phone. Check Angie's List, Yelp.com and the BBB as well as ask any one you know for recommendations. Now this takes time but it is well worth it. That is why I recommend 15 days or more for you inspection period. Choosing your inspector will take the longest. Once you pull the trigger to do the inspection, it will only take a day or two to complete it.

DO NOT PRICE SHOP for an inspector. A good inspection, will take a few hours. In order for an Inspector to be adequately compensated, the inspection fee can range from $250-$500 depending on the home. If an inspector is willing to do it for less than the majority of inspectors, you need scratch that one off your list of possibles.

As for the main article on how to pick an inspector I wouldn't say it is all wrong, there are good points. My next recommendation is a general one, that will work for most anything even Home Inspectors. Gather information for a decision from a variety of sources and as common information emerges, it will guide you toward the path for your satisfaction .

Alpha Home Inspections
By Shawn Rosa,  Tue Dec 13 2011, 10:58
Angie's list is a good site to find a home inspector and get customer reviews
By Gayla Roggie,  Wed Jan 25 2012, 08:25
Ask your Rreal estate agent for referrals to good home inspectors. They know who does a great job and can be a good source of information.
By Adrian Provost,  Mon Feb 27 2012, 16:43
Be sure to do your due diligence.
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By Joe Serino,  Thu Jul 12 2012, 11:23
RE: THERMAL IMAGING - Many inspectors are touting this new tool as if they now have "x-ray vision". Nothing could be farther from the truth. As with any tool, the quality of the tool and the expertise of the user are paramount. However, property inspection being a visual discipline, this tool stretches the parameters of the scope of the inspection as dictated by the Standards of Practice of the NJ Board of Engineers to the point of making the test irrelevant and counter productive. Aside from improper use and interpretation of data by inspectors with no scientific method training and using cheap versions of the true industrial analyzers that cost upwards of $10,000, the seller is under no compulsion to respond to the findings. Many a deal has fallen apart for no good reason due to this. Inspectors, in an attempt not to be "blind" and becoming "dumbed down" by dependence on technology over use of their own acumen. Here is my own blog post on a national inspection attorney's website: http://joeferry.com/2011/02/14/thoughts-on-thermal-imaging-devices-and-visual-inspections-2/
By Stocks Home Inspection,  Sun Sep 2 2012, 07:30
Very good advice. Also look for inspectors at http://www.Nachi.org the International Association Of Certified Home Inspectors.

http://www.stockshomeinspection.com
By B. King,  Wed Sep 19 2012, 05:41
The best way to find the best inspectors is to go to independentinspectors.org.

They have signed a pledge to not market to realtors. The other orgs are just a random mix of talent.

You should also make sure they include an infrared camera scan and have E&O insurance.

If you just ask about insurance you will not know, you must specify errors and ommissions since their basic liability policy only covers damage to the house during the inspection.
By Sharon Sullins,  Mon Oct 8 2012, 17:18
Great article
By opondomusa,  Sat Oct 27 2012, 03:17
A home inspection is one of the most crucial steps in purchasing a home, and since it's the buyer's responsibility to hire an inspector, you need to make sure you use someone you can trust to do a good job.

Most Realtors can recommend a licensed home inspector that their clients have used before and were pleased with. It's important that you hire an inspector who is going to do an unbiased and thorough inspection.

http://www.realtypin.com/news/Story/827-What-Every-Buyer-Needs-to-Know-about-Home-Inspections
By rdelopst,  Sun Jan 20 2013, 19:45
I am a buyer looking to hire an inspector. One of the major problems I see with home inspections is the contract itself. All the ones I have reviewed limit the inspector's liability to the cost of the inspection. This is absurd. Would you select a surgeon who limits his liability for medical malpractice to the cost of his services? One of the tips in this article is make sure the inspector has Errors & Omissions insurance. This is useless if the inspector just has to refund a couple of hundred dollars if he screws up while leaving you with thousands of dollars of things that were missed. Good luck trying to get this limitation of liability clause deleted or changed in the contract. So, what is the point of this service if the inspector will not stand behind his work?
By Advantage Building Inspections,  Wed Feb 13 2013, 11:59
(rdelopst) please remember that the goal of the inspection is to put a home buyer in a better position to make a buying decision. Not to list every repair in a home, which would takes days for any inspector to perform depending on the age of the home. In NYS we are required to send a copy of the pre-inspection agreements to a client before performing a inspection. And yes there are very good inspectors out there and there are some bad ones, but the bad ones do not last long!
By Carmen Brodeur- Top 1% Realtor,  Wed Oct 16 2013, 07:10
I'm glad these tips are posted. Home inspections are VERY important.

http://www.TroonRealEstate.com/search-size
By cafinn99,  Mon Nov 4 2013, 20:51
What recourse does a seller have if an inspector/engineer claims there are thousands of dollars worth of work to be performed in the home, and yet when the seller calls in contractors to perform the work, they are told that it isn't necessary. My realtor who is acting as the "dual realtor" for us and the buyer, says that I must perform all work suggested in order to get all the C of O's from the home inspector. Am I legally allowed to say I won't do the repairs and yet not lose the escrow deposit from the buyer if they decide not to buy? I've already put a deposit down on my next house plus paid for an inspection on my new house, plus money for a mortgage appl., etc. I suspect my home buyer is trying to get more money off my house by claiming all these issues that don't seem to exist or be as alarming as his inspector claims. Could buyer and inspector be in cahoots?
By Tim Johnson,  Thu Jul 17 2014, 09:23
Well then, next time I need a home inspector I'll be sure to get recommendations from other clients. That is a great way to get a feel for them thanks. I'll hopefully find a trusted home inspector next time I need one. http://www.montreal-home-inspection-services.com
By Timothy Rosinski,  Thu Jul 17 2014, 14:50
Caveat Emptor: Latin phrase for "let the buyer beware." Many of the suggestions here are good, but it all gets down to "let the buyer beware". When home buyers, and home owners understand the real estate process. Who does what and why. They stand a better chance of get their dream home without any major issues later. Many States now require Home inspectors to be licensed just like Bankers, Realtors, and Appraisers. If your state has a license requirement go look. Look before you choose your Banks/lenders, Realtors, Appraisers, and Home inspector. Most states hold licensees to a high standard, and they also give consumers a place to file complaints. I am just saying "Caveat Emptor". Informed consumers are my best customers at http://WWW.RTPropertyInspection.com Thanks for looking
By Patrick Winson,  Sat Aug 9 2014, 05:33
Full time inspectors are better than the part time ones in terms of professionalism and accountability of their reports. Few more thing you can read here at http://www.1bloc.com/5-things-to-remember-before-hiring-a-home-inspector/ . Treat the hiring of home inspector as finding a good doctor for your self.
By garypuntman,  Thu Nov 6 2014, 12:13
I'm glad I found this post. I need to find someone who can inspect my home soon. I am going to be moving into it and want to make sure that everything is safe and in the right condition. http://taylormadeinspections.com/about

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