How To Avoid The Blind Home Inspector
Seven Simple Things You Must Know
(1) Get A Home Inspection From A Reputable Inspection Firm:
The success of our business depends on exceeding your expectations for quality and professionalism each and every time and you just don’t get that level of service from “the one man shop” inspectors! Our firm has a vested interest in insuring your Total Satisfaction! Also, it takes a full time inspector at least 250 inspections to develop the eyes, ears and nose for hunting down problems. Part-time home inspectors simply don’t have the time in the field to develop that radar. Be sure to ask how many inspections the inspector conducts annually and how many years he/she has been doing them. A quality full time home inspector conducts hundreds of inspections annually Conducting 1,000s of inspections each year requires extensive referrals, by prior clients, lenders, real estate agents and others — so there is a much greater chance the inspector is not blind!
(2) Education & Training:
Being a contractor is very different from being a Professional Home Inspector. Home inspectors are responsible for evaluating all of the systems and components of the home — not just one aspect like the brick or the framing. To be able to provide a competent evaluation of all of these elements takes formal education and training. Did the inspector attend one of the top home inspection schools? Comprehensive continuing education and training is a must!
While certifications are certainly important, it’s the combination of Experience, Education and Training that make the difference in the competency of your next home inspector. Certifications let the world know that the inspector can pass a test, not that he can inspect a home properly. We all know people who are certified for one thing or another that we wouldn’t hire under any circumstances. There is simply no substitute for experience and proper training.
(4) The Inspection Report:
The top home inspectors in today’s business don’t produce handwritten reports. A professional inspector will provide a narrative report. Technology has evolved where you should expect to receive a full-color report the day of the inspection, with digital photographs of the issues discovered during the course of the inspection. The report should provide “Summary Pages” with specific categories of marginal and defective concerns. The report should not contain repair costs or action plans for repairs. Professional home inspectors inspect — they don’t repair! An inspector that makes repairs should always be avoided due to the conflict of interest inherent in that situation. Ask for a sample of an inspection report so you’ll know what you can expect for your time and money. After all, you are the client! Click To Preview Our Sample Report
(5) How Long Has The Inspection Company Been In Business:
Is the inspection company locally owned and operated or are they some far away “faceless corporation” where no one is monitoring and evaluating the quality of their work? Will the same person inspecting be the one to provide you with any needed follow up assistance or do you have to call “1-800-good-luck” to talk to a real person?
(6) Ask To See What Other Home Buyers Have Said About The Inspector:
Quality Professional Home Inspectors ask their client’s to complete a survey upon completion of the inspection. Professional Inspectors want to know what they are doing right, as well as what might need improvement. If the inspector can’t or won’t provide client referrals, he might be blind in more ways than one! Check Out our Reviews Page to see what others say about us!
(7) Ask Your Realtor For A Referral To A Quality Home Inspector:
The best Realtors #1 concern in the transaction is seeing that YOU get a quality home that’s right for you and your family! So you will continue to refer their services to your friends and family. Get your home inspected by Philadelphia Home Inspection.
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