Working with a home inspector is a critical part of owning (or looking to own) a house. From buying to selling, home inspections can save you thousands of dollars and help avoid health hazards. So, it’s important that you pick the right home inspector that can not only find issues, they can also help you solve them. Below are our top five things to look for that separate the great home inspectors from the good.
1. A Local Home Inspector
Look for small to medium-sized home inspector businesses, and make sure they are both easily able to travel to your area, as well as licensed in your state. Beyond a legal necessity, this licensing shows that they are familiar with state laws and regulations concerning homes.
2. An Experienced Home Inspector
Avoiding national or chain brands allow you to easily find a home inspector with years of experience in the field. You’re looking for a home inspector with over 10 years of experience under their belt, ideally running a business that has been around for at least 10 years. The longer a home inspector has been on the job, the more issues they are able to quickly identify, as well as offer solutions for them.
3. A Home Inspector with Happy Clients
Do a little snooping on your home inspector and see what their past clients say about them. You can use normal review sites like Google, Yelps, Angie’s List, etc. Another great resource is Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. Is the business BBB Accredited? Have they responded to any and all outstanding complaints?
4. Transparency with the Inspection
Can the home inspector explain to you their services and what’s included in their home inspection? They should be able to. Ask them about the cost of the home inspection, what’s included, and what additional services they can add and their costs as well. Talk with them about common reasons why homes fail the inspection, so you can have an idea of what to expect.
5. Punctuality in Their Services
You’re a busy homeowner (or homeowner-to-be), can the inspector work around that? How long does it take them to get back to you, and when can they schedule you for an inspection? This can tell you a lot about their service, including how professional they are and their capabilities.
Learn a bit more about hiring a home inspector on our blog, How to Hire a Home Inspector. If you’re interested in working with a home inspector that meets all these requirements, you’re in luck for the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire areas. The Homeinex Corporation has experienced staff and quick service, and we’re also accredited by the BBB with an A+ rating. Check out what our comprehensive home inspection covers, and then contact us today for an appointment!