How to choose a building inspector?
Building inspection is an important step when buying your home. You don’t want to end up with hidden vices.
Choosing your inspector can sometimes be difficult – it’s important to consult with family and friends to find an inspector you trust who has good references. You should also contact several inspectors in your area and meet with them in advance to check their qualifications. Make sure you do your own research as to its qualifications.
Here are some questions to ask your potential inspector:
- How long has he been working in the field of RESIDENTIAL BUILDING INSPECTION?
- Is the inspector specifically experienced in RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION?
- What is included in the inspection? It should include visual inspections covering exterior, structure, garage, piping, heating, cooling, electrical components, interior insulation and ventilation. Additional fees may include “radon” testing, pest infestation control or inspection of septic systems or wells. The inspector should provide you with a written report.
- How much will it cost? Determine fees in advance. Inspections can cost as little as $200 and up to more than $1,000 depending on the size of the house and the inspection services required.
- How long will the inspection take? The time depends on the size and age of the house. The average is 2 to 3 hours. Less than that is not enough to do a complete inspection, but many inspectors take a full day to do a thorough and proper inspection of the property you want to buy.
- Does the inspector encourage the client to attend the inspection? This is an important opportunity to learn, and an inspector’s refusal to attend the inspection should encourage you to look for a more qualified inspector.
- Find out about the courses or training program the inspector is taking. Does the inspector participate in continuing education programs? Ask to see his inspector’s certificates. If you hire a company, make sure your home is inspected by a registered professional.
- Does the company offer to make repairs or improvements based on its inspection? This could cause a conflict of interest. We recommend not working with these companies.
- Is the inspector part of an association that will investigate a consumer complaint?
- Does the inspector have errors and omissions insurance?