14. What ancillary services do you offer? When shopping for a home inspector, be sure to ask him about any ancillary services that he can provide. Mold, radon gas, lead-based paint and water quality testing are some common services requested by home inspection customers. Often, you can receive a discount on these services if the inspector is already on-site to perform your home inspection.
13. Do you 'pay to play' with Realtors?
This is very important as some home inspectors pay a fee to Real Estate offices or give gifts to agents to gain 'favored' status and be placed on the office 'short list' of approved inspectors. This often has nothing to do with how good an inspector is at his profession but rather how many houses he can 'approve' for sale for the referring agents. Not only is this practice unethical but in some states such as Kentucky it is down right illegal. The old saying that "no servant can serve two masters" is very true.
Be sure to ask your inspector if he pays Realtors to gain referrals before you hire him. As a buyer, you want to know that your inspector has your best interests at heart.
12. Have you passed the National Home Inspector's Exam?
The NHIE® is the original competency exam for the profession and is still one of the only ones that is psycho-metrically valid. It shows a home inspector’s skill and knowledge in the field.
11. Do you take any continuing education in order to keep your expertise up to date?
Know one can know it all, and the inspector's commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer. This is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training.
10. Are you licensed to perform home inspections?
This is very important as many states do not require a professional license and anyone can simply claim to be an inspector with no background training or related experience. Seek out an inspector that is licensed even if your state does not require a license.
9. What items do you check during the inspection?- Be sure to get a list of items that are routinely checked during the home inspection. Most professional home inspector's follow a standard of practice which outlines the things that will and will not be inspected. Ask to see a copy of the inspector's (SOP) Standard of Practice before the inspection.
This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector's refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of the professional inspector that you have hired.
7. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
Ask to see samples and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector's reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs. Most inspectors provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection.
Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, a checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this, combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself, makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?
Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies for various systems and components, and minor imperfections. These are useful to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or nit-picky items.
6. How much will it cost?
Costs vary dramatically, depending on the region, size and age of the house, scope of services and other factors. A typical range might be $300-$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Cost does not necessarily reflect quality.
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