Buying or selling a home is a huge endeavor with a lot of money at stake on either side. It is important to be aware of costs, but this is no time to shop for a cheap inspection. Rather, look for in-depth training, certifications and guarantees that set your mind at ease. Your residential home inspector should be well-respected in your community with testimonials that are readily available. This blog shares some of the basics of how to choose the right home inspector.
Home Inspection Licences
The licensing of home inspectors only sets a minimum standard. Much like being up to code, with home remodeling, any less than the standard would be illegal. InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, front-ends its membership requirements, which means.
Cost of a Home Inspection
You have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, shopping for mortgages, and trying to get the best deals. Don't stop now, but at the same time you are being conscious of expenses, don't let yourself fall into skimping here. The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the value of the home being inspected. If there are unexpected repairs, or undiscovered issues, you stand to pay a lot more in the long run, whether buying or selling.
Finding a Trusted Home Inspector
Your residential home inspector should have certifications clearly listed on his/her website, along with guarantees from the certifying bodies. InterNACHI is an international organization of home inspectors that provides such guarantees, as well as in-depth training for its inspectors.
InterNACHI Inspectors Must:
- Pass InterNACHI's Online Inspector Examination
- Complete InterNACHI's online Code of Ethics Course
- Take InterNACHI's online Standards of Practice Course
- Adhere to InterNACHI's Standards of Practice;
- Abide by InterNACHI's Code of Ethics;
- Successfully pass more than a dozen specific, accredited inspection courses
- Pursue inspection-related training by taking 24 hours of additional accredited Continuing Education each year
Trusting a home inspector is easier if you know others do too. Always look for client testimonials on your inspector's website as well. If they don't have any listed, ask for references. Any residential home inspector worth hiring won't hesitate to give you several.