InspectSure Home Inspections believes there are 9 important questions you should have answered before you select your home inspector. If you have additional questions, please type them in the comments section at the bottom of this page and we will address them.
- What does your inspection cover? The inspector should ensure that their inspection/report meets all applicable requirements in your state, complies with standards of practice, and adhere to a good code of ethics. You should be able to request and see a copy of these items ahead of time and ask any questions you may have.
- Are you experienced in the inspection trade? Related experience in construction or engineering is extremely helpful in the unique discipline of home inspection. The inspector should be able to provide you with any related experience documentation. If the inspection is for a commercial property, then this should be asked about as well.
- Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection? Some inspector associations and state regulations allow the inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered in the inspection. This becomes an ethics issue and opens the door for conflicts of interests. So as a good practice, home inspectors should not engage in repairs of discovered problems for a period of one year after the discovery.
- How long will the inspection take? The average on-site inspection time for a single 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 perform a thorough inspection. Additional inspectors may be brought in for very large properties and buildings.
- How much will it cost? Costs 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 $350.00–$550.00, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Inspection cost does not necessarily reflect quality.
- What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report? Reporting styles vary greatly from inspector to inspector. Most inspectors ensure that the client has a complete understanding of the report findings. If confusion exists, then inspectors will typically clarify any misunderstandings. Inspection reports can typically be produced in a relatively short time, depending on the complexity of the inspection and or if any ancillary services were provided. Most inspectors provide their full report within 48 hours of the inspection.
- Will I be able to attend the inspection? This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector’s refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
- Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association? There are many associations for home inspectors (both State & National Level). Request to see their membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.
- Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date? One can never know it all, and the inspector’s commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer.