Home inspectors are not regulated in all states, and in some areas they don’t even need a license. As a result, it’s important to use caution and do some homework before making a hiring decision. The following tips will help you in your search for a professional: Use caution if a seller, real estate agent, or lender pressures you to use a particular inspector.
It’s important to choose an independent inspector who has no ties or conflicts of interest in the transaction. Ask around for referrals from agents or people who have recently bought a home and then assemble a short list of candidates to interview. Look for affiliation with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI).
Check out the experience of those on your short list. Retired contractors, architects, and those with other professional building skills are a plus. Also ask what accreditation classes the inspectors have taken and how long they’ve been in the business.
Interview at least three inspectors, then select the one you believe will do the best job and that you feel you will get along with. In addition, ask if you can come along on the inspection and whether the inspector will be agreeable to explaining what he or she is looking for and why.
Make sure a return visit is included in the price to verify that the seller corrects any problems found in the inspection.