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Home Inspection Tips
TEN QUESTIONS TO ASK A HOME INSPECTOR
1. What does your inspection cover?
The inspector should ensure that their inspection and reports meet all state requirements and comply with home inspection standards of practice and code of ethics. You should be able to review a copy of the inspection standards and code of ethics ahead of time. If there are any areas of special concern for your inspection, be sure to identify them before the inspection. Remember these requirements are set by the State as "minimum requirements" and can exclude major points of concern.Pay attention to the disclaimers in all reports.
2. How long have you been doing home inspections and how many inspections have you completed?
Inspectors should be very qualified, and many work with a partner or have access to more experienced inspectors to assist them in the inspection. However, you should always get two or more references for the inspector you hire.
3. Are you experienced in residential inspection?
With more complicated purchases, related experience in construction or soils and/or structural engineering may be necessary, but it is no substitute for training and experience in home inspections. Hiring a licensed General Contractor, who specializes in residential remodeling and repair, to peruse over the report is always best to insure that future design concerns or major repairs are addressed.
4. Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
Some inspector associations and state regulations allow the inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered in the inspection. Other associations and regulations strictly forbid this as a conflict of interest.
5. How long will the inspection take?
The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is two to three hours for a typical single-family house; anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. Additional inspectors may be brought in for very large properties and buildings.
6. How much will it cost?
Costs vary dramatically, depending on the region, size, and age of the house, scope of services, and other factors. A typical range might be $300-$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Cost does not necessarily reflect quality.
7. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
Ask to see samples and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector's reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs. Most inspectors provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection.
8. Will I be able to attend the inspection?
This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector's refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
9. Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.
10. Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?
One can never know it all, and the inspector's commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer. This is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training.
Pasted from www.hud.govFrom the desk of Randy BaileyContact(818) 339-8023