How do I select a home inspector?
Glad you asked that question - that must mean you know the importance of having a home inspection! A simple answer would be that you decide on a home inspector just like you decided on your REALTOR®….. by referral. Your REALTOR ® will provide you with a list of inspectors certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI). These inspectors adhere to a Code of Ethics and a Standard of Practice. They have the training required to provide you with the best inspection possible. Their credentials must be regularly updated so they are in tune with changes that might impact the inspection of your home.

Also - in making your decision, consider whether they are able to provide the report to you in the format you would like; some inspectors will provide it to you electronically, others in a binder, still others - both ways. Most inspectors today include in their report, pictures of areas needing attention. That could be very important depending on the location of the problem.

Also, when trying to decide on your inspector, don't forget to ask your friends. They will be glad to tell you their experiences with their own home inspectors - and, you can be sure, they will tell you how theirs turned out - good, bad or ugly.

Posted By: Diana Rondinelli on Monday, November 16, 2009