About Home Inspectors
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Home Inspectors are professional consultants that perform a visual assessment of the condition of the home’s major systems at a point in time. As you follow the inspector around the house, the inspector can help you to learn about the home and how the major systems work. We look at how the home’s systems perform, rather than design or cosmetic issues We provide information about components that are not performing their function fully or are nearing the end of their life.
What to Look for in a Home Inspector
The major associations of home inspectors require inspectors to operate under strict Standards of Practice and Codes of Conduct.
Look for an inspector who is a member in good standing of a national association of home inspectors.
Proper training is essential. Your home inspector should have been trained in a reputable home inspection training program that includes practical field training and qualifying exams as required by their association.
Experience is important. No one has seen it all. But the more an home inspector has seen, the better they can recognize potential problems.
Does the inspector provide a written report? Communication of the home inspector’s findings is a central part of the home inspection process. You should receive a written report (in digital or paper form) that clearly explains any issues found and provides some guidance for dealing with them. It’s also a requirement of most Standards of Practice.
Insurance. A professional in any occupation should have insurance. Mistakes happen and insurance can protect you from the cost of an error that has catastrophic results. Hopefully, your home inspector will never need it, but you should have the comfort of knowing it’s there.
Independent. Some home inspectors are closely affiliated with companies that offer other services, such as construction trades, real estate plumbing repair services, or mold/environmental remediation services. Although some inspectors in this situation are very good, honest and operate with integrity, there is an inherent danger of a conflict of interest. Be aware of this risk.
During the Inspection:
Does the home inspector allow you to follow them during the inspection? If they don’t, it’s a red flag. The best way for an inspector to explain a component or a problem to you is to show it and to answer any questions you may have. But don’t worry. They won’t (or shouldn’t) ask you to go anywhere that isn’t safe or that you’re not comfortable going.
Time. The average home inspection should take 2 1/2 to 3 hours. If it’s much less than this, you have to question how complete the inspection was. Some inspectors are in a hurry to rush to their next inspection because they do two, three or more inspections in one day. At Goldeye Home Inspection we limit our Home Inspection service to one inspection per day. Until your inspection is complete and the report delivered, we will be focused on your house.
Style. While you don’t want to choose your inspector based on the clothes they wear, finding the right fit for you can be important. A Home Inspector should be professional, but should also make you feel comfortable. The home inspection process should be a two-way communication. If it isn’t, you won’t get the most out of it!