Selecting An Certified Inspection Company
Buying a home represents a major investment of time, money, and effort. It also is an exciting and rewarding experience. Now is the time to be an informed consumer, and to select an inspection company that offers you value. We suggest you ask the following questions when comparing home inspection companies to help you select which one best meet your needs.
Is The Inspector Properly Licensed And Certified?
Many new inspectors have entered the industry in recent years. Make sure the inspector is state-licensed, if required, or certified by a national professional association, such as the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) or TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission).
Does The Company Carry Errors And Omissions (E & O) Insurance?
Appropriate risk insurance protects businesses, clients, and property owners. Many new inspectors joining the industry do not carry insurance. Check the inspection company’s insurance status.
How Are The Inspection Reports Delivered?
Inspection reports should be clear, concise, easy-to-read, and available quickly. You’ll want to have a firm understanding of the condition of the home prior to the contingency period of your real estate contract. Ask whether they deliver reports on site or via e-mail soon after the property inspection.
Does The Report Provide A Summary Of Defective Items And Pictures?
The report should provide a summary of defective items. This "summary page" allows you to easily see what functional or safety concerns exist with the property. Additionally, digital cameras allow inspectors to effectively illustrate their reports, especially items that are difficult to describe. No other item has so positively affected communication of reports in recent years as the digital camera.
What Is The Certified Inspector's Experience And Background?
Inspectors should have attended an in-depth training course to learn how to perform home inspections. They should also have an excellent experience base and ideally be part of an organization with a strong continuing education program. Find out how long the building inspection company has been in business.
Does The Company Encourage You To Attend The Building Inspection?
Attending the inspection is a great opportunity for you to learn first-hand what is included in the inspection and about the systems and components in the house you are purchasing. Be wary of inspectors that do not include you in the inspection process.
Is It A Well-Established Inspection Company?
Well-established inspection companies have more availability for inspections, especially for those needed immediately. Additionally, they have the resources to provide ongoing inspector training and comprehensive post-inspection customer service.
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