In a previous blog we gave you some tips on finding a good home inspector. Today we look at some question to ask prospective home inspectors (you should be interviewing more than one).
How long have you been doing this?
While years of experience doesn't mean everything it will comfort you to know how long your inspector has been inspecting.
How did you learn this business?
Your home inspector does not need to be a structural engineer. The best, and most common, background a home inspector should have is with residential construction and associated trades.
What are your licenses and what insurance do you carry?
Obviously, the more the merrier but you can also go to homeinspection.org's website to see about any required licenses for your particular state.
What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen?
This sounds strange but will tell you whether they even know what they're looking at and how attentive to detail they are.
When will I receive your report?
The best answer here is: a few hours later in your email with color pictures of any issues found. However, some guys still deliver an old-school binder to your Realtor the next day. A quick turnaround is usually a sign that they have been doing this enough that they have developed a reliable process.
Do you get on the roof?
Some inspectors just do a quick visual check from a distance and will leave any further inspection to a Roof Inspector. In general, you want to be very clear about what he does or doesn't do.
Do you use moisture sensors/Do you do mold detection as well?
Not all do, not a deal killer if they don't unless you suspect an issue. As mentioned above, this is just to get a better idea of what the inspector does or doesn't do.
How familiar are you with this sort of construction?
This question really only applies if you are buying a home that has a different construction method than other houses in your area.
Ask whether the inspector carries errors and omissions insurance. This is sort of like malpractice insurance for an inspector.
Ask if you could see a sample report.
This will give you an idea of what will be in your report. Note the organization, breakdowns, details, and use of nomenclature. A good report is the sign of a good inspector.
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