(1) Get A Home Inspection From A Company That Has Been In Business For Many Years:
Nobody works harder for you than a company that has been established for many years! The success of the business depends on exceeding your expectations for quality and professionalism each and every time and you just don’t get that level of service from “Newbie Inspection Companies”. So be sure to get an inspection from Home Quest Inspection – We have been in business since 1997 and have a continued vested interest in ensuring your total satisfaction!
All of our inspectors are full time inspectors and Home Quest Inspections has completed thousands of inspections since we started in 1997. We have developed the eyes, ears and nose for hunting down problems. Part time home inspectors simply don’t have the time in the field to develop that radar. Be sure to ask how many inspections the inspection company conducts annually and how many years he/she has been doing them. A quality full time home inspector conducts between 300 and 500 inspections annually – blind inspectors conduct 1 to 100 inspections annually. Our individual inspectors complete 300 – 500 inspections each year. This requires extensive referrals by prior clients, lenders, real estate agents and others — so there is a much greater chance the inspector is not blind!
(2) Education & Training:
Being a contractor is very different from being a professional home inspector. Home inspectors are responsible for evaluating all of the systems and components of the home – not just one aspect like the brick or the framing. To be able to provide a competent evaluation of all of these elements takes formal education and training. Did the inspector attend one of the top home inspection schools? Or did he complete a correspondence course, or have his brother-in-law Bubba show him how to inspect?
Comprehensive continuing education and training is a must!
All of our inspectors have completed a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education each year.
While certifications are certainly important, it’s the combination of Experience, Education and Training that make the difference in the competency of your next home inspector. Certifications let the world know that the inspector can pass a test, not that he can inspect a home properly. We all know people who are certified for one thing or another that we wouldn’t hire under any circumstances.
There is simply no substitute for experience and proper training.
(4) The Inspection Report:
The top home inspectors in today’s business don’t produce handwritten reports. A professional inspector will provide a computerized narrative report with pictures. Technology has evolved where you should expect to receive a full-color report, with digital photographs of the issues discovered during the course of the inspection the same day as the inspection.
The report should not contain repair costs or action plans for repairs. Professional home inspectors inspect — they don’t repair! An inspector who makes repairs should always be avoided due to the conflict of interest inherent in that situation.
Ask for a sample of an inspection report so you’ll know what you can expect for your time and money. After all, you are the client!
(5) How Long Has The Inspection Company Been In Business:
There are many home inspection companies that are new and lacking the necessary experience for you to make an informed decision on purchasing your home. If you are dealing with a multi-inspector firm, are their inspectors true employees or are they contractors? Does the inspection company have dedicated employees serving as customer service representatives to schedule appointments and provide any needed follow-up assistance or do you have to call “1-800-good-luck” to talk to a real person?
As stated before, we have been in business since 1997, we have extended hours to answer your questions, and we provide our clients with free phone consulting for as long as they own the home. Also, all of our inspectors are employees of Home Quest Home Inspection and not private contractors.
(6) Ask To See What Other Home Buyers Have Said About The Inspector:
Quality professional home inspectors ask their clients to complete surveys upon completion of the inspection. Professional inspectors want to know what they are doing right, as well as what might need improvement. If the inspector can’t or won’t provide client referrals, he might be blind in more ways than one!
(7) Ask Your Lender or Realtor For A Referral To A Quality Home Inspector:
The Realtor or lender’s sole interest in the transaction is seeing that you get a quality home that’s right for you and your family!
Home Quest Home Inspection is the area’s most respected and trusted leader in home inspection services! You can be sure that our inspectors work exclusively for you. Our expert inspectors can make the buying process easier by arming you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision!