When it comes to your home, you really don’t want to cut corners. Getting a quality home inspector is the first step to protecting your investment. Here are some tips on how to choose a home inspector:
How to Choose a Home Inspector
- Ask for recommendations. It’s very likely that your friends have used a home inspector before. Ask around your neighborhood about their experience and who they used.
- Ask Google. A wise president once said “trust but verify” and there’s where Google comes in very handy. Take the 2-3 inspector recommendations you’ve gotten in step one and search for their names in the search engines. You’ll likely find their websites where you can look at their certifications and their reviews.
- Look for an inspector with a broad knowledge of a home's systems and structures, not just a speciality, like plumbing or electrical. While specialties are great, you want to employ someone who has had experiences with roofing, plumbing, electrical, and more!
- Look for credentials such as certification by InterNACHI or ASHI. We chose InterNACHI as InterNACHI's inspection courses and exams are the most recognized, approved and accredited in the inspection industry.
- Ask for a copy of their errors and omissions and general liability insurance. Remember that trust but verify line we mentioned above? It really comes into play when you are talking about having someone who is covered by insurance. Ensure your home inspector has errors and omissions insurance as well as general liability coverage.
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