Understanding what it is that your home inspector will do is important of you want to understand what you’re paying him or her for.
This article will provide you with several questions that you could ask your would be inspector.
Do you do repairs or just home inspections?
There are some home buyers that seek advice from contractors rather than home inspectors, which is a huge mistake. The problem lies from contractors coming from a “repair” point of you while building inspectors comes from an “inspection” standpoint.
If the building inspector replied yes to the question above, then that should be a red flag for you. Though there are some inspectors that are capable of doing a repair, the inspection process is compromised from the get go due to conflict of interest.
It is advised that you hire a different person to do your home inspection and repair.
Do you have insurance?
God forbid your home inspector injures himself and is not insured, he or she might sue you. And don’t think that this is an obscure possibility as we all know weirder cases have happened in the past.
It is strongly advised that only hire a home inspector that is insured or bonded.
Can you give me a list of past clients?
Don’t think of it as you doubting the capability of a person. Because unless you know for a fact that the home inspector you’re talking to is 100% competent, you won’t be here reading this article.
If and when you get the list, ask these previous clients about whether the inspector arrived on time and inspected all aspects of the house, including the roof and attic.
Remember to take said references with a grain of salt though. Because it is more than likely that the list given to you does not totally reflect quality of work of the said home inspector.
Can I join the inspection?
There is no reason for your would be home inspector to say no to this request. And if he or she says no to it, then it can be another red flag.
Taking time to be present during property condition check gives you the ability to witness the findings as it happens. Not only will this erase any doubts about your inspector slacking on the job, but you being able to assess needed repairs and upgrades.