How to Choose the Right Home Inspector
Mr. Right … Home Inspector
House hunting? Have you thought about a home inspector? Choosing the right home inspector before your offer is accepted will allow you to be confident that you hired an experienced professional. Besides, your home inspection is your way to assess the true nature and condition of one of the largest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime.
Typically, real estate agents have built a foundation of trust amongst professional home inspectors and they’ll have a solid referral for you to use. However, we always recommend doing your own research on a home inspection company so the choice is in your hands. Here’s our key points we think will help you make the right decision.
Find trusted and qualified Inspectors
The first great place to start is asking your friends who’ve purchased homes who they may recommend from their experience. Your friends or trusted colleagues won’t steer you wrong. Then there’s our personal favorite, Google reviews! Check out their reviews on Google, Facebook, Yelp – If your looking for honest reviews, that’s where you’ll find unbiased ones!
Additional resources to find reputable home inspectors include professional organizations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).
Credentials mean something significant
Contracting professionals who’s certified or licensed by a professional organization should provide more assurance that the inspector is thoroughly knowledgeable. Not all states require licensing, however, luckily Oregon is one who does require this.
Ask for what you need
Another great way to tell how thorough a home inspector may be is to request a sample report. Home inspectors who are detailed will stand out compared to others who are missing details or apply generic information.
Additionally, professionals who have been in the field for several years may be a certified master inspector. Certified Master Inspector (CMI) is a US and Canadian registered trademark of the Master Inspector Certification Board, INC. CMI is the inspection industry’s top professional designation awarded to qualifying inspectors who have demonstrated the highest level of competency.
Find out about additional services
There are some inspectors who may offer additional services outside of a typical home inspection. Others may refer you to another local business expert. Typically these services are not covered under an initial home inspection, but they’re a great indicator of the integrity and value of the company.
At Rogue Inspection we offer several services such as, mold testing, radon, sewer scopes, EMF, foundation elevation surveys and more.
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