How To Choose A Competent Home Inspector
By: Robert L. Klewitz, M.S.C.E., P.E.
Choosing a competent home inspector requires some research and the need to ask the proper questions. There is no licensing or regulation of home inspectors in most states, including Washington State. Therefore, virtually anyone can become a home inspector, regardless of their qualifications. This makes it extremely important to check on and interview potential home inspectors that you are considering hiring.
Most people's first question when calling professional inspectors is about price. However, this is one of the least important considerations when choosing an inspector because, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. When you are making one of the largest investments in your life, by buying a home, you deserve to get the best inspector possible. The following is a list of recommended questions to ask, and things to look for, when choosing a professional home inspector (these questions are listed in general order of importance):
1. How many home inspections
has he performed? How long has he been in the full-time home inspection
By taking the time to carefully evaluate and compare the credentials and quality of care that an inspector or inspection company can provide you, you will be ensured that you will get the most competent, professional service possible. This will provide you confidence and peace of mind that your decision about one of the biggest investments of your life is an informed and wise one.
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