Jernigan Home Inspections believes there are ten important questions you should have answered before you select your next home inspector. If you have questions in addition to the 10 listed below, please type them in the comments section in the form at the bottom of this page, and we will address those as well.
1. What will the inspection cover?
The inspector should ensure that their inspection and inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in your state and will comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics. You should be able to request and see a copy of these items previous to the inspection and ask any questions you may have. If there are any specific areas you want to make sure are inspected, be sure to identify them upfront.
2. How long have you been practicing in the home inspection business and how many inspections have you completed?
The inspector should be able to provide his or her history in the business and perhaps even a few names as referrals. Newer inspectors can be very qualified, and many work with a partner or have access to more experienced inspectors who can assist them in the inspection.
3. Do you have specific experience in residential inspection?
Related experience in construction or engineering is helpful, but it is not a substitute for training and experience in the unique discipline of home inspection. If the inspection is for a commercial property, then this type-specific experience should be asked about as well.
4. Do you offer to complete repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
Some inspector associations and state regulations allow the home inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered in the inspection. Other associations and regulations forbid this due to the concern of a conflict of interest.
5. How long does the inspection take?
The average on-site inspection time for a single home inspector is 1 ½ to 3 hours depending on the condition and size of the property. Anything significantly less may not be enough time to properly perform a thorough inspection. Additional inspectors might also be brought in for very large properties and buildings.
6. How much will the inspection cost?
Costs can vary dramatically, depending on the level and type of inspection, the property floor area, property geographical location and the inspector’s qualifications. A typical range might be $225–$500, but it's important to consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Inspection cost does not always reflect the quality.
7. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive this report?
Ask to see sample reports and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector's reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs. Most inspectors can provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection.
8. Will I be able to attend the inspection?
This is a truly a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector's refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up the opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
9. Do you maintain a membership in a professional home inspector association?
There are quite a few state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their specific membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.
10. Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise current?
One can never know it all, and the inspector's commitment to ongoing education is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer. This is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes special elements requiring additional or updated training.
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