Before hiring a home inspector it is in your best interest to consider the following:
Determine if the inspector you are considering is a member of ASHI.
If they are a member of another association, check the requirements of that association.
Inquire how long the inspector has been performing inspections and what other credentials they hold.
Some reports will include digital photographs and some will not.
Some reports are easier to follow and provide more detailed explanations than others.
Some inspectors deliver reports at the end of an inspection, some inspectors send reports later the same day and still others don’t send reports out until a day or two after the inspection. Some reports will be hand delivered, some are delivered via e-mail and some inspectors provide their clients with a web address where the report can be downloaded.
Consider asking for a sample report to review before making a decision. A copy of one of our reports can be found on this website.
Top-notch inspectors must invest a lot of money in training, continuing education, insurance and technology. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
This is a big investment, don’t sacrifice quality to save a few extra dollars.