Finding the Best Home Inspector


Buying a home will be your biggest purchase and you want to be completely sure that the house you are looking at is in tip-top condition. Home inspectors can help you make an informed decision by helping you better understand the condition of the home.

What do Home Inspectors do?

Home inspectors are trained to review homes by performing inspections and assessing the conditions of homes. They identify areas that require special attention such as repair work or areas that may pose a problem in the future. Home inspectors will perform visual inspections of the home to determine its condition and assess all of the systems within the home.

How to choose a Home Inspector?

The following is a checklist of questions and suggestions to help choose the right home inspector:

1. Ask friends, family and your real estate agent for recommendations.

• How satisfied were you with this home inspector?
• Would you re-hire this home inspector in the future?

2. Contact home inspector associations.

• What qualifications, training and education does the inspector have?
• What is the inspector's experience?
• What are the requirements for an inspector to be a part of this association?

3. Interview the prospective home inspector.

• Do you have a home inspection license?
• What are your qualifications, training, education and experience?
• Do you offer a guarantee?
• Can you provide at least 3 references?
• How much will the inspection cost?
• How long will the inspection be?
• What is your limitation of liability agreement?

The Home Inspection Contract

Before selecting a home inspector, make sure to read over their contract. The contract should include the terms and conditions of the home inspection. This makes it clear of what services will be provided and helps you become familiar with what the home inspection will cover.

Here is a checklist of things to look for in the contract:

• Your name and address
• The home inspection business/association, license number and business address
• The home inspector name and license number
• The date of the contract
• The date of the inspection
• The address of the inspected home
• A list of things that will be inspected in the home, it is also good to ask for a list of things that will not be inspected
• The expected date of when you will receive a complete home inspection report


Sharon Josey
RE/MAX Real Estate
(780) 699-7333

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