Often I get this question from buyers. Buyers and sellers need to be informed about the inspector. Here are some questions that may help in picking which inspector is best for you.
1. Ask for the education of the inspector.
Many home inspectors actually are not certified through the industry. There are several learning institutes that are associated with home inspection. Ask your inspector if he/she has been certified and if so with whom? Get verification that the inspector is up on the current local building code and state building code when it comes to inspecting either the home for a buyer or the pre-inspection for the seller.
2. Ask if the inspector is insured and bonded.
The Colorado contract makes the buyer responsible for their inspector should something go wrong. Because of this you will want to be assured that your inspector is insured for any accident that may happen during the inspection. Also ask if the appliances are covered by this insurance. Once I had an inspector damage a dishwasher and when called regarding the incident he stated his insurance didn’t cover the appliances. So in other words…..don’t have an inspector turn on the appliances if they are not covered through their insurance for damage.
3. Ask if the inspector takes color pictures of any deficiency in the inspection.
Many inspectors just do a check list and do not supply pictures of any issue at hand. It is imperative to have good pictures to prove any deficiency in the home. This way the communication between
buyer and seller is accurate and has color photos to back up any problems.
4. Ask if the inspector will supply you with a concise and clear computerized report.
It is important in this day and age that the inspector can communicate with you via email. Many buyer are not in the area when writing the contract and they need special documents that can be delivered via email. Make sure your inspection is one of those documents.
5. Ask for an estimate of cost from the inspector.
You will need to supply the inspector with the square feet of the home as well as the address. This will allow the inspector to give you a clear cost estimate for the inspection. Different inspectors charge different prices so shop around and be prepared to pay for the requested service.
6. Ask for any additional type of inspection on the home and what it would cost for this information.
Many inspectors will also do Radon, rodent, infrared scanning, air quality and other tests on the home for an additional price. Book the kind of inspection that is important to you and your family and be prepared for an added cost if you request additional services.
7. Ask for your inspection to be sent to your real estate agent as well as yourself.
Your real estate professional will need a copy of the inspection so that you can communicate with them any needs of correction prior to closing. Communication and understanding the buyers needs are very important to the agent.