Avoid the Blind Inspector
7 Ways to Avoid a Blind Inspector
Learn Things You Must Know To Avoid Hiring the Wrong Home Inspector
1. Hire a Home Inspector with lots of experience:
Nobody works harder for you, the client, than we do because we live and work in the community! The success of the business depends on exceeding your expectations for quality and professionalism each and every time. So be sure to get an inspection from the company who cares because they have a vested interest in insuring your Total Satisfaction!
Also, it takes a full-time inspector at least 100 inspections to develop 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 inspector conducts annually and how many years he/she has been doing them.
A quality full-time home inspector conducts between 200 and 400 inspections annually – blind inspectors conduct 50 to 100 inspections annually.
Precision Home Inspection Home Inspectors conduct 200-400 inspections each year and 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!
On the other hand, if the inspector is doing three inspections a day, he’s probably not spending the time needed to do a complete job. A complete inspection is going to take around 3 to 3.5 hours. Anything less and you’re just getting a drive by inspection.Conducting 200-400 inspections each year 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 such as the brick or the framing. To be able to provide a competent evaluation of all of these elements takes formal education and training. Attending a “home inspection class and passing the licensing test only proves the ability to pass a test. Precision inspectors undergo a rigorous training program during a 3-6 month apprenticeship and on-going Quality assurance program.
Experience, comprehensive training and continuing education is a must when choosing an inspector!
Comprehensive, continuing education and training is a must!
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 very greatly in requirements. Precision Home Inspection adheres to the ethics and highest standards of (Inter-Nachi). International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. Be sure your inspector is Inter-Nachi certified.
There is simply no substitute for experience and proper training.
4. Advanced Technology:
Buying a home is an extraordinary investment. So why would you want merely an ordinary inspection? There is no reason to wonder if you’re getting the best inspection if the inspector is using cutting-edge technologies and the proper tools. Beyond the normal Outlet Testers, Laser Thermometer, Moisture Meter, Gas leak detectors etc., Precision employs Camera poles, Computerized reporting, live interactive links, and thermal imaging at each inspection.
– Newer technology such as these allow for vivid descriptions and understanding of damage and potential problems. Plus make the complete process an enjoyable experience. It’s not just a house, it’s your home and a huge investment. Why settle for an “ordinary” inspection that leaves you guessing when you can get more than just an inspection with Precision?
5. The Inspection Report:
The top home inspectors in today’s business don’t produce handwritten reports. A professional inspector will provide a very thorough, easy-to-read report. You should expect to receive a full-color report with digital photographs of the issues found during the course of the inspection. You should want the report to be written in plain English, not some “Techno Jargon”- that only the home inspector can understand.
Reporting/Conflicts: Due to the conflict of interest inherent in these situation, it’s wise to avoid inspectors that may pose such concerns. Some inspectors are also real estate agents and therefore likely friends of many other agents. Others are married or related to agents. Protect yourself and inquire about any possible conflicts of interest.
An inspector should NEVER make repairs or offer to make repairs at a later date. An inspector that makes repairs should always be avoided. All national home inspection associations forbid this lack of integrity and objectivity.
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!
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6. How Long Has The Inspection Company Been In Business?
We have seen many franchise firms and one man shop inspectors come and go over the last few years. Be sure the inspection company is locally owned and operated and not some far away faceless corporation. Our family owned firm has a high standard and every inspection goes through monitoring and evaluating the quality of the work? A one man shop has no one to answer to or to hold them accountable; they constantly raise the bar of professionalism. They also will have no dedicated employees serving as customer service representatives to help schedule appointments and provide any needed follow up assistance. We are proud to consistently be the industry leader providing education to real estate agents. We help and coach inspection firms across the nation to constantly improve ourselves and the industry for everyone involved.
7. Ask To See What Other Home Buyers Have Said About The Inspector:
Quality Professional Home Inspectors ask their clients to provide reviews upon completion of the inspection. Professional Inspectors want to know what they are doing right, as well as what might need improvement, because you can’t improve what you don’t measure. If the inspector can’t or won’t provide client referrals, he might be blind in more ways than one!
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