Home inspectors are invaluable to homeowners and homebuyers, because they can help pinpoint problems with your home that need to be addressed – especially if you’re not at your home for long periods of time (such as having a vacation home or an investment property).
But, not all home inspectors are created equal. I know that for a fact because in my duties as a home watch service provider, I’ve worked with countless clients to arrange home inspections. Let’s just say they haven’t all been pleasurable experiences.
How can you hire a reputable home inspector who you can trust?
Choose an Inspector with the Right Experience
Experience isn’t everything, but it’s one of the most important factors behind choosing the right inspector.
In addition to just looking at years in business, consider experience with constructing homes. Not all inspectors have had experience with building homes, but if you can find one who has actually used their hands to put together a house, you’ll have an invaluable ally. That’s because building a home is one of the best ways to develop an intricate, in-depth knowledge of how all the facets of a house are supposed to work together.
An inspector who has helped construct a home from the ground up can give you a wealth of experience that you can trust.
Check for Professional Certifications and Affiliations
There are a few certifications and affiliations that help tell you who you’re hiring and how qualified they are.
Look for certifications from:
- NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors)
- ICBO (International Conference of Building Officials)
- EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
- AARST (American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists)
If it’s a national or international organization that is reputable, chances are the inspector is reputable, too. But, beware: there are “certifications” that aren’t tied to a reputable, credible organization, but instead can be purchased or “earned” through a few weeks’ worth of study. Those are red flags.
Depend on a Home Watch Provider
Of course, you can avoid the leg work of hiring an inspector yourself by looking to your home watch provider to do it for you.
I have worked with many home inspectors over the years and can give you a great recommendation. If you’re a client of mine, you can rest assured that only competent professionals will work on your home.