What to Look For in a Home Inspector

home-inspections-300x300When looking for someone to inspect your home and make sure it’s ready to sell or purchase, there are a couple of things you should be looking out for in their qualifications. The more you know, the better you can feel about the person inspecting your home.

Level of Experience

You will want a home inspector that has a wide range of knowledge in different areas. There are many different things that could go wrong with your home and they should know how to handle all those situations. At minimum, there should be a working knowledge of construction systems, and be well versed in handling mechanical issues such as electrical, carpentry, plumbing and heating.

To take it a step further, they should be able to effectively communicate their findings to you in a way that can be understood- so interpersonal and verbal skills are a must.

Education

For most states the requirement for home inspectors is a high school education. However, more companies are beginning to require more than this, which is something that most customers prefer as well. Many companies are beginning to only hire those with some college work in construction, engineering or architecture; however the more education and experience, the better.

Regulation of Inspectors

Many states regulate their home inspectors and give them training and experience. This gives them a great balance of textbook knowledge and hands- on application. Some of the areas covered tend to be national building codes, safety regulations, plumbing, heating, electrical and foundations.

Licensing and Insurance

Not only is continued education a plus, but having an official license or certification is a requirement in many states. This usually requires a state-approved exam that will cover the topics needed in the field. Not only this but in some areas it’s also required for the home inspector to have liability coverage. If you’re looking to hire a home inspector, you should very this information and make sure its current, since they typically need to be updated every couple of years.

Affiliations

Home inspectors will many times belong to different affiliations such as the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). Membership with these groups indicates the inspector’s agreement to follow their model of professionalism along with other morals the group sets forth.

If you’re interested in hiring a home inspector, contact Rick’s Home Inspections today!

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