Purchasing a home can be a risky venture, knowing the type of home inspector is important and can mean the difference between that winning sale. There are several factors you should consider when looking for the right home inspector:
Ask if they carry Errors & Omissions Insurance – this helps protect your client in the event an inspector missed or misdiagnosed a component of the home that the inspector is required to inspect according to industry standards.
Look for inspectors that offer General Liability Insurance as an added layer of protection for you and your client – An inspector who doesn’t carry general liability insurance does not protect against property damage in the event the inspector damages your client’s property before or after inspecting the home.
Request training qualifications – Training is key to a proper home inspection. Many inspectors may not have received formal training. Training limitations can lead to potential problems for your clients in the event something is not properly inspected.
Seek out inspectors who meet industry and/or state standards – Hiring an inspector who does not adhere to industry or state standards could result in missing thousands of dollars in problems, costing your client additional money, time, or aggravation.
Ask if they provide services outside of a general home inspection – Often home owners would like to have other areas of the home inspected such as a radon or pool inspections. Inspectors in your consideration set should offer services indigenous to your market.
Identify inspectors who are impartial – Impartiality during the inspection process helps to avoid raising unnecessary alarm; the inspector should remain objective while communicating the inspection findings in a professional, non-threatening manner.
Contact your local AmeriSpec office today to learn more about how we can help you reduce your risk by providing protection beyond the inspection.
Jeannette Neerpat, CDPE, e-PRO
Certified Distress Property Expert
7727 NW 79th St
Tamarac, Fl 33321