Top Five Things to Look for When Hiring A Home Inspector
Each state has different requirements for home inspectors. So, it is important to understand that not all home inspectors have the same field training and licensing. An inspector in New York state will require 140 hours of approved training whereas Florida inspectors will need 120 hours.
Besides the licensing laws, there are several other factors to consider before choosing an inspector. Before getting into those factors, let us first understand what home inspectors do. General home inspectors perform function and safety inspections to ensure a structure is safe and secure. They evaluate everything, from the interiors to the exteriors, and then provide you with a detailed a detailed report of their findings.
However, when you are unaware of the licensing requirements and other considerations, you could select the wrong inspector which is a costly mistake. To get it right the first time, KevWilli Home Inspections LLC. has put together this list to help you make an informed decision before hiring a home inspector.
1. Background and experience.
How much experience do they have? What is their area of specialty? What kind of career did they have before becoming home inspectors? It is worth hiring an inspector only if they have adequate knowledge and training? This way, you are sure the house will be inspected adequately with every small detail taken into consideration.
2. Full-time professionals.
Always look for a full-time home inspector. Many inspectors work on a part-time basis which can limit their availability and indicate how committed they are to their job. Full-time professionals will perform several inspections to uncover hidden problems whereas part-time inspectors often miss spotting such defects.
3. Member of a recognized home inspector organization.
Is the inspector a member of any professional inspectors’ group? NYS sets minimum standards for licensed inspectors. InterNACHI and ASHI set higher standards of practice that their members are required to follow.
4. Keen on you attending the inspection.
Look for a home inspector who wants you around during the inspection. There is a lot more that can be learned about the property just by being present at the inspection than from only reading the final report.
5. Well-defined report.
What kind of report will be provided? Not all reports are created equal. NYS requires a written report for all home inspections. However, a written report could be in the form of a checklist, a descriptive list or a combination, with or without photos. Look for a detailed report with clear descriptions and photos.
If you’re looking for a standard home inspection company in Sand Lake, NY, reach out to the experts at KevWilli Home Inspections LLC. Apart from our standard home inspections, we offer pre-purchase, pre-listing and real estate inspection services to clients across Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Spring, Watervliet, and Rensselaer. We are members of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, and so we deliver quality service at the quoted price. As we pay attention to detail, we look after all the housing problems and ensure a client gets a safe and enjoyable house when moving in. Even after moving in, we are available to answer questions.