Hiring your ideal home inspector is an important consideration. You and your home deserve nothing less than the best. Even if the home you plan to purchase, sell or maintain appears to be flawless, there’s no substitute for having a trained professional inspect the property for the quality, safety and overall condition of the home. Here are our top 10 tips to choosing your ideal home inspector.
KNOW THE INSPECTOR
When finding the ideal home inspector word of mouth is key. Call your prospective inspector up and talk with them. Do your research – both online and face to face, and you’ll soon be able to separate the professionals from those just pretending to be.
KNOW THE CREDENTIALS
In British Columbia, home inspectors need to be licensed to operate (though this isn’t the case in all provinces). Ask to see your inspector’s license.
KNOW WHAT TO ASK
Ask them about their experience, how many years they’ve been in business, and the methods they use in their inspection process. Ask them what they do to keep up to date on building standards and inspection standards. You can never ask too many questions. Any professional home inspector will be glad you did, and happy to answer any questions you may have.
KNOW YOU’RE COVERED
The right inspector will carry insurance to protect the buyer if the inspector is negligent in their duties. Of course, the right inspector won’t be negligent. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
KNOW THE PROCESS
A home inspector will evaluate every possible visible place in your home, including the roof, basement and attic. They should also look at the heating, electrical and plumbing systems. Again, they may not have time to inspect all of these systems in detail, but they will be able to inform you if everything is working correctly or if there is a need for any major repairs. Please note that an inspector cannot inspect anything that cannot be seen, such as electrical wiring behind drywall.
KNOW YOUR ROLE
You should always accompany your inspector on their inspection of your home: you live inside the home; you therefore have ‘insider’ information that could prove crucial to identifying potential problems. After an inspection you will receive a detailed written report but nothing compares to going through your home with the inspector. It will actually help the inspection go smoother and faster.
KNOW THE COST
The average fee for a professional home inspection with a detailed report is a few hundred dollars. But what you pay in money is priceless in reward. You get what you pay for: if there’s an inspector charging way below the industry standard then he/she may not be as qualified or experienced as they’re leading you to believe.
KNOW THE RESULTS
If you’re buying, the results of a home inspection could decide whether you move ahead with the purchase. If you’re selling, the results could decide whether or not to put your home on the market or make repairs first.
KNOW THE LIMITS
Even the best home inspector isn’t Superman. They can’t see through walls, or see into the future. Please keep in mind that even though you hire the best inspector, there is no guarantee that they will find every single issue, hazard, problem, or danger within your home. There is also a time limit for a home inspection, usually 2-3 hours; it’s a lot of inspection in a short period of time.
KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
The news you get may not always be good. After an inspection you may find the home you wanted to purchase is in need of repairs to bring it up to standards, or, if you’re selling, you may be the one who has to make those repairs before you put the property up for sale. An inspection can bring you a wealth of knowledge about your home and the confidence to make the decision that is right for you.
For quality home inspections Building Pro Inspections can’t be beat. Bob Hamm is fully insured, a member in good standing with CAHPI, and is licensed by Consumer Protection BC (license #57225). CAHPI requires mandatory continuing education credits in order to retain membership. With Building Pro Inspections you’re in good hands. Call us today to book your inspection.