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How To Choose The Best Home Inspector Near You

Some basic questions that should be asked when choosing a home inspector should be easily answered with just a little online research.

Is the home inspector licensed?

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Many states require licensing to practice as a home inspector. If you live in one of these states you should either ask to see their license or license number and check that it is current. Most inspectors provide their license number on their website.

Does the home inspector have proper insurance?
Choosing one that is insured should be at the top of your list of questions. Although some areas do not require inspectors to be insured, it’s in your best interest to work with one that is. Performing a home inspection does carry some level of risk for the inspector and having insurance protects you, the client, should the inspector become injured.

Are they a member of and certified by a professional association?
Being affiliated with an association like InterNACHI or ASHI requires the inspector to follow a strict code of ethics. These associations usually require some course study and passing exams before becoming a member and receiving any certifications.

Does the inspector have a professional website?
While having a good website does not guarantee the inspector is a good one, it does offer potential clients an opportunity to learn some important information about them. Having a website with information about the inspectors license, qualifications, insurance, and what is included in an inspection should be made available. Some inspectors offer additional conveniences like online scheduling, payments, and report access.

Do they have positive online reviews?
Referrals are important when researching home inspectors, but you should also check to see if they have any online reviews. A quick online search should  reveal them if any are available. You can often learn a little about their personality, inspection style, and level of professionalism from them.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list of things to consider, they are some basic factors that you should investigate when seeking the best home inspector near you.