How to choose a Home Inspection Company.

How to choose a Home Inspection Company.

Not all home inspections services are created equal. More than ever it’s important that you Inspect the Inspector. While licensing requirements or trade association memberships are good to look for when selecting a home inspector, they are not the ONLY qualifications to look for. The following is a list of “must have” credentials that have been prepared to help consumers evaluate and select the most qualified home inspection service.


Inspection Guarantee*

The company you select should stand behind their service. A written guarantee documents how post-inspection issues will be addressed and demonstrates the company’s confidence in the quality and thoroughness of their inspections

Questions to ask:

         Does the company stand behind their inspection reports in writing?

         Does the company include a complimentary limited guarantee with each inspection report?

         What protection does your company offer against defects found after purchase?

         How long does the guarantee last and what are its limitations?

         Guarantee not permitted in all areas.



One of the most important credentials to look for when selecting a home inspection company is whether or not they carry Professional Liability Insurance, also known as E*O insurance. Inspectors with little experience, no training or poor track record find this insurance difficult to purchase and often operate without it. Additionally, General Liability Insurance should be damaged during the inspection. While no one anticipates anything going wrong, it can happen. Make sure you select a home inspector that is properly insured!

Questions to Ask:

         Are your inspectors covered by E&O insurance?

         Does the company carry General Liability Insurance?


Formally Trained or Certified Inspectors*

There is no single professional background that fully trains an individual for all the different conditions that may be detected during a home inspection. Regardless of previous technical experience, ALL HOME INSPECTORS should be required to be trained and tested in the field of home inspections and have access to on-going technical support

Questions to Ask:

         What kind of formal training do your inspectors receive?

         What is the extent of their on-going training?

         Are your inspectors tested annually?

         Do your inspectors have access to technical support if they have a question?


Report Quality and Access*

The home inspection company you choose should encourage your attendance on the inspection and should provide you with an easy-to-understand written report on the findings of the inspection. You should verify that all the major elements will be accurately described in the report and not just rated as “Functional” or “Not Functional.” Your inspector report should give the approximate ages of all the major elements of the home, as well as an estimated life span of those elements. It should also include detailed information/images of the major systems inspected and conditions found.

Questions to Ask:

         Can I accompany the inspector on the inspection and ask questions?

         Will your report reflect estimated ages of all the major elements?


Information by:

House Master – Home Inspections. Done Right.

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