Why choosing a home inspector is critical!

For most people, buying a home is the single biggest investment they’ll make in their lifetime. With that being said, you should probably take a lot into consideration when you hire the person inspecting your new home.

Be picky about who's inspecting your new home!

It’s perfect. After months of searching, your ideal home (or so you thought) has landed in your lap. You have your pre-approval, you’ve got your offer, and the house is yours! It’s as if your future is coming into focus, and the new home is all but yours. And then the home inspector comes through.  The house has foundation problems. The wiring isn’t exactly up to snuff. The roof need replacing. My real estate agent RECOMMENDED this guy? The home inspection is probably one of the most critical portions of the home-buying process, yet very few people give it the due-diligence it deserves. Home inspectors are trained professionals that should have an un-biased and realistic take on the status of the property you’re considering. They’re there for your protection, and ultimately are there to let you know what you can and should expect with your new purchase. Not all home inspectors are created equal. Here are some tips you should consider when hiring a home inspector:

  1. Licensing isn’t enough:
Just because someone is licensed does not mean they are experienced. All home inspectors in New York State must be licensed. Look for an ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) certified inspector, the highest designation available for home inspectors. The qualifications include:
Passed the National Home Inspectors Examination. This multi-hour test is the only industry exam that is proctored by a 3rd party testing agency, the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Submitted valid proof of performance for at least 250 fee paid home inspections.Had inspection reports successfully verified for compliance with ASHI standards.
Completed the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics education module.

They are allowed to use the ASHI gold logo.ASHI

2.Get multiple recommendations: You obviously trust your realtor – that’s why you hired them in the first place. Therefore, you should trust their recommendations.  But in this case, why NOT get the names of two or three different inspectors. Question them. See what their approach is. Find someone you like!

3.Ask for a resume:  When you interview for a job, you can’t even be considered unless you have a resume. Why not expect the same from your inspector? Granted, everyone needs to get a start somewhere, so new inspectors may have less of a resume, but experience is key. You want someone that’s been around the block a few times. Or better yet, check out their website, which usually has much more information than a resume would.

4.Where’s my report? You’re paying for a professional inspection, so you obviously want a written record of the findings. Ask your inspector if you’ll receive a detailed report and by what method (hand-written, digital, with or without photos, etc.)  You want to have something your can reference quickly should an issue occur.

5.Can I attend the inspection? This is potentially YOUR property, therefore you should absolutely be able to be there during the inspection. Any experienced inspector should have no problem with this request, and should be more than willing to answer any questions you have regarding the inspection process, findings, and recommendations.

So there you have it – a bunch of food-for-thought when you decide to put an offer in on your next dream home.  As you can tell, home inspections are something I’m very passionate about, and I want to make sure that even if you don’t choose me as your inspector, that you’re getting the quality of service, professionalism, and experience that you deserve.

For any of your home inspection needs, you can trust Jim Brennan! Click here to visit our website and learn more about us!