10 Important Questions To Ask Your Home Inspector
What does your inspection cover?
The inspector should ensure that their inspection and
inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in your state if
applicable and will comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code
of ethics. You should be able to request and see a copy of these items ahead of
time and ask any questions you may have. If there are any areas you w ant to
make sure are inspected, be sure to identify them upfront.
How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?
The inspector should be able to provide his or her
history in the profession and perhaps even a few names as referrals. New er inspectors
can be very qualified, and many work with a partner or have access to more
experienced inspectors to assist them in the inspection.
Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?
Related experience in construction or engineering is helpful,
but is no substitute for training and experience in the unique discipline of
home inspection. If the inspection is for a commercial property, then this
should be asked about as w ell.
Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
Some inspector associations and state regulations allow
the inspector to perform repair w ork on problems uncovered in the inspection.
Other associations and regulations strictly forbid this as a conflict of
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
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. HUD Does
not regulate home inspection fees.
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
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.
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.
Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up
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 w here the home is much older or includes unique elements requiring
additional or updated training.