How to Select an inspector for your home inspection

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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.

 

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  • Paul, Great job on the inspection-you covered it ALL! Thanks so much for your services – Pleasure meeting you as well! As first-time home buyers, we learned a great deal about the structure of our prospective home, and this certainly made us more confident throughout the purchasing process.

    The Carson's

  • On the advice of my real estate agent, I recently contacted Final Say Home Inspections to arrange for a pre-listing inspection of my century-old home. I was made aware of some major problems that would either have to be addressed prior to listing, or taken into account during the negotiations with prospective buyers. What was most helpful, however, was the way Paul explained how many building code infractions could be easily and inexpensively addressed. His pragmatic approach stressed the ways I could reduce the number of prospective issues that might be of concern to buyers; many of the solutions he detailed were within my ability as an average ‘do-it-yourself’ homeowner. I am now much more confident that my agent and I will be equipped to prepare an informed marketing strategy for this property and I have no doubt that I will be in a more advantageous bargaining position as a result. Highly recommended!

    Shane C.

  • Paul, Thank you so much. The report looks great and is very professional and easy to read. We enjoyed meeting you and will refer you to anyone who needs a home inspection in the future.

    Marty & Kelly

  • I recently purchased a new home and I had Paul do my home inspection. He certainly done a complete inspection of my home and I was grateful to have him as my inspector.

    The work was done in about three hours and to my surprise there were a several things to repair. I would certainly recommend him as a person that could look after your home.

    Cecile Pearson

  • Paul did an extremely thorough and accurate assessment of my new home. He took the time to explain the ins and outs of the inspection and completed his assessment in a timely manner while answering all questions I had regarding my home.

    I highly recommend Paul to anybody who plans to have their new or used home inspected.

    Thanks Paul!

    C Cole

  • Hi Paul,

    I just wanted to thank you again for the pre-purchase inspection you did for me this pass Tuesday.  I was very impressed by how thorough you were, as well as your knowledge, expertise, professionalism and overall pleasant personality.  Your services will definitely be on top of my recommendation list to family and friends.

    All the best

    M. Munroe, Ajax

  • Sep 22, 2014, Toronto

    After our offer was accepted, I was recommended by a friend to contact Paul Christensen a home inspector from Final Say Home Inspection. Although Paul was slightly outside of my area, without hesitation he made himself readily available to work with me on my new home in Scarborough. I felt Paul was extremely knowledgeable, thorough and very easy to work with. He took time to go over potential hazards that may or may not occur if certain issues weren’t addressed accordingly. He walked me through the house and helped me understand things I would not have known otherwise. Paul captures inconsistencies and deficiencies with photos and takes his time to explain in detail the areas that need to be fixed or re-visited. Afterwards incorporates all notes and pictures in a report. When asking him questions he was very honest with his responses. I highly recommend Paul Christensen of Final Say Home Inspection to inspect your home. You will feel confident about your decision and will be completely satisfied with Paul’s services. He is everything that a great home inspector should be – friendly, approachable, and most importantly clearly passionate about what he does.

    Clifford S.

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