1. They Have Qualifications
The first thing you need to look for are qualifications. Are they licensed? In the state of Florida, home inspectors are required to be licensed, but you’d be surprised how many slip through the cracks or simply don’t bother to get their license renewed. Always ask to see a copy of their license. If they won’t show it to you, just move on. Either they are inspecting without a license or they don’t value their customers enough to comply with a simple request.
2. They Have Experience
Qualifications don’t mean much unless they’ve put them into practice. You want an inspector with a lot of experience performing home inspections. Preferably inspections of homes that match up to yours, as different types of homes can present different challenges. This doesn’t mean that an inspector with the most experience is always the best for your purposes, but if this is their first rodeo they may not be the best choice for such an important undertaking.
3. They Want You To Attend
In order to get the most out of an inspection, you’ll need to be there in person. A good home inspector understands this and welcomes your presence. Unfortunately, there are also some bad apples out there who just want to get in and get out as quickly as possible. When it comes to attending your home inspection, don’t take no for an answer. If they don’t want you there, then you shouldn’t want them there either.
4. They Answer Your Questions
One of the reasons you need to be present during your inspection is so you can ask questions about the things that you don’t understand. In order to find out how responsive an inspector is, just ask them some warm-up questions. As a few examples:
- Can you think of anything, in particular, to watch out for with this type of home?
- What’s the worst thing you’ve ever found during an inspection?
- How long do you expect the inspection to take?
- When will I have my inspection report?
A good inspector will have no problem answering these as part of the hiring process. If they refuse, then they probably won’t be very helpful during the inspection either.
5. They Feel Right
You can’t always discount that gut feeling. Obviously, you need to make sure they are qualified, experienced, and professional first and foremost. But they should also be someone who makes you feel at ease. They may be the best inspector in all of Florida, but if they don’t seem like someone you’d enjoy working with, then you should consider looking elsewhere.
So, there you have it. If an inspector ticks off all these boxes, then you’ve found yourself a keeper. Are you still in the process of searching for the right home inspector? Please, contact us today at Super Inspection Pros. for more information on our process or to schedule an inspection of your home.