First, buyers should do their research on different home inspection companies in the area. Write down a list of questions and make sure the inspection company can answer each question with ease. For example, ask how long they have been doing inspections, how many inspections they’ve done, and what type of report they will be providing. Also, take a look at the customer reviews to see what other home buyers thought of their overall experience with the inspector.
Credentials go a long way when trusting someone to look over a home that is in the purchasing process. The inspector should have a broad knowledge of different types of homes and not specializing in just one type. Look for either license verification by the state agency or the inspectors ASHI certification. Also, be on the lookout if the inspector carries insurance.
Don’t be afraid to shop around and compare all your options. Make sure that you get an inspector that meets all your criteria. Never settle! If you settle nine times out of ten you’ll regret not shopping around.
Choose an inspector who is independently operation and not associated with the agency selling the home as the inspection may not stay objective during the inspection. If the sellers are proving an inspection ask if you can pick the inspector. If you can’t and you can spare the money to have your own inspection done it may be in your best interest. By having an inspection done with an inspector of your choice you are making sure that the inspection is done without any bias behavior.
Finally, make a decision on an inspector before purchasing a home. After an offer is made the time clock starts, and you may not be able to get the inspector you want to do the inspection before the contingency is up.