Searching for the right Home Inspector can be a confusing and time
consuming task. New inspectors seem to go in and out of
business every day. Even established companies change hands or hire new
inspectors all the time.
Therefore, the best place to start is with your Realtor. Your
Realtor is familiar with your market and most will provide you
with at least 3 referrals of qualified inspectors.
Next, call and talk to the actual inspector. Most inspectors
are busy on the jobsite during the day and return calls at night. Since
you will be relying on their skills, it is important
that you feel comfortable with your inspector.
But, regardless of an inspector's previous work history or education,
there is no substitute for actual inspection experience. The table
below describes the most important factor -
always look for an inspector with at least 500 - 1000 inspections under
- Check to see if they belong to a
national inspector trade group such as ASHI.
An average sized house should take at least 2 - 3 hours to inspect.
should always be encouraged to be present during the inspection.
should receive a professional custom report with pictures and not just