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How To Choose A Home Inspector

There are really 3 key things to look at and think about when choosing the right home inspector and inspection company.


The first thing would be licensing:

  • Is the inspector licensed in the state the inspection will be performed.
  • Are their licenses "Active", so many of today’s inspectors have let their license go non active due to the slow economy.
  • Are they an Associate Inspector (not fully licensed). Some states do allow associates to perform the inspection and have a licensed inspector write the report.
  • And do they just have the state minimum requirements to perform inspections or due they go above and beyond the minimums and have other related license that the state doesn’t even require. Just having the minimums can mean you have someone that has just went through the motions and took a test that says their licensed inspectors. Look for things like General Contractors License and if they perform specialty inspections like mold make sure they are certified. Again do they just have the states minimum requirements?

The second thing would be insured/coverages:

  • Check to make sure not only do they have insurance but make sure they have proper coverage on the types of inspections they perform. Allot of inspectors in today’s rough economy will tell you they have a warranty/guarantee coverage, that is not the same as insurance.
  • OK you ask them if they have insurance but are their premiums paid? They still have insurance but there will not be a payout if premiums are behind, meaning a elapse in coverage. Ask for a copy of their insurance there should be a phone number listed on the sheet that you can call and verify they have coverage and premiums are paid and caught up.
  • Just like with their license do they just carry the state minimum requirements for insurance. The states minimums are not good coverage, just coverage.
  • A reputable company will have full E&O (errors and omissions) along with General Liability. E&O insurance is very expensive so many opt not to have it but if something happens all involved will wish they did.

The third and last thing is your personal feelings:

  • Talk with the inspector and make sure you are comfortable with them. Do they answer you questions, do they make you feel like you are bothering them or do they seem like they really do want to help. Most people really do have good judgement, they just have to listen to their selves.

 

AND DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF HIRING SOMEONE; ANYONE IN A SERVICING INDUSTRY BASED ON PRICE. PAYING CHEAP USAULLY MEANS YOU BOUGHT CHEAP. OUR HOMES ARE OUR SINGLE BIGGEST INVESTMENTS WE WILL MAKE; CHOOSE QUALITY.

  • Another point to look for most inspectors DO NOT post their pricing on their website, why not? Is there something to hide? Are you getting the same price as anyone and everyone else? Call for pricing always raises some issues along with red flags.

…but the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

Assured Home Inspections, Inc.
2406 Fairgreen Dr
Gastonia, NC 28056
Telephone: 704-542-0468/704-689-1744
Fax: 704-943-0599
Email: noahjrbrittain@bellsouth.net