How to Select an inspector for your home inspection1 Comment
There are several ways to select a Home Inspector:
The best starting point is to ask your family or friends to recommend an inspector that they used and liked for their home inspection. Find out what they liked about the home inspection: was it the inspector’s knowledge, the way he/she presented the findings, or the type of report that they received. Also, ask if there was anything about the home inspector or his method of sharing the home inspection report that was less than satisfactory. This information will help you know what sort of questions you should be asking as you are speaking with prospective home inspectors.
Another effective way to find an inspector is to ask your real estate agent. However, it’s necessary to keep in mind that certain real estate agents (especially those who are selling or presenting properties with hidden deficiencies) might see competent inspectors as deal breakers. Although the majority of agents and inspectors are trustworthy professionals, if an unscrupulous home inspector is “in the pocket of” an unethical agent, you might not get the home inspection you bargained for! When you use a home inspector from the agent’s list, do your research.
The final way to find the knowledgeable inspector that will be working for you is to do some research. This will include:
- checking out the home inspector’s website
- looking in the yellow pages, canada411.ca or other directories
- verifying credentials (member of OAHI, CAHPI or holds a NATIONAL CERTIFICATE)
- are they insured
- asking for references
- seeing an example of the reporting system used
- and talking to the inspector who will be doing the inspection.
If the inspector has no website, and is not listed in yellow pages and/or other directories, can’t show you a sample report or provide references, is he/she really the person you want to inspect the biggest investment of your life? Be wary of the part-timers that see home inspection as a sideline that they can use to pick up a few dollars on the side.
As you can see selecting a home inspector takes time; therefore, the time to begin this search is when you start the house hunting process, not after you have signed the offer. There will be less stress during the negotiations if you know that you have a qualified inspector working on your behalf.