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Leslie, Home Buyer in 19115

where do you find home inspectors?

Asked by Leslie, 19115 Wed Jul 23, 2008

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Leslie,

Ditto on the http://www.ASHI.org Not only do I only use ASHI certified Home Inspectors, I always demand that a buyer use one as well when I represent the seller. (it is language in the contract) In most states, there is no law governing Home Inspection, so a $40 business license means that you are now a home inspector. ASHI has standards that they use to ensure you are hiring a qualified person.

Good luck


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Realtors are a good source, as is the internet, and places like Angie's List (where the clients rate the inspectors).

This is a blog I did some time ago, coaching people in what to look for and what questions to ask to help separate the good inspectors from teh bad (there are good and bad in every profession). http://activerain.com/blogsview/206184/How-To-Hire-a
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You can go to the American Society of Home Inspectors website and punch in your zip code to find a qualified home inspector. See the link below.

Good Luck!
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While I am an ASHI member, it is not accurate to say that they are the only qualified inspectors. I know several good inspectors who are members of both NAHI and interNACHI. With all due respect, the best way to judge an inspector is not by his association (anyone can pay dues), but by experience and credentials - and even then, you have to find the right fit for you.

Some inspectors are very stiff and academic - and some clients prefer this "just the facts" approach. I prefer a more personal style with more client interaction and education. (My inspections are more like a 2 hour "This Old House" episode with your home as the subject.)

In the end, it's all about YOU and YOUR needs - so make sure that you find someone who will take time with you, answer whatever questions you have, help you learn how to operate and take care of your home (and the point about providing cost estimates is a good one!)

Here in PA, it takes more than $40 to be an inspector. You must be a full member in good standing of a national association, you must have performed at least 100 fee-based inspections, you must have E&O insurance, and you must abide by a code of ethics. It is a pretty low bar to be sure, but at least it is something. Again, I refer you to the blog I posted earlier for some other points to consider and questions to ask. http://activerain.com/blogsview/206184/How-To-Hire-a

Remember, you are a potential employer interviewing job appliacnts - put them through their paces and take the best one!
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In addition to finding a good inspector, make sure they list the possible repairs with an estimated cost to cure. If not, your agent will have nothing to negotiate with on your behalf I you took what is called option 2 on your agreement of sale.
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Lesli,
Asking your local Relator is probably the quickest way to get the names of several. We regularly work with inspectors on behalf of our clients, and can supply you with the names of 2 or 3.
Most inspectors belong to either ASHRI, NAcHI or NAHI- which are professional associations which have minimum inspection guidelines and codes of ethics.
When you contact a prospective inspector, I reccommend that you find out how long they have been 'in-the-trade'. Here as in selling your house, experience coounts!
Hope that helps
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Leslie,

I would contact your realtor to get a referral or two. We always recommend several to our buyer clients.

Or you can do a google search for your area. If you are in 19115, we can refer someone to you. You can email us at thesomersteam@yahoo.com .

Also, for more helpful hints, visit our website below.
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Leslie,

I would suggest to start with your realtor. We always recommend a few different inspectors to our buyer clients.

Or you can do a google search for you area. If you are in 19115, I can refer one or two to you if you wish.

Our email is thesomersteam@yahoo.com

For more helpful hints, please visit our website below !
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