Choosing the wrong home inspector can cost you much more than the fee you paid. If you’re choosing a home inspector based solely on price, you’re walking down a dangerous path. I’m still in awe of people who spend countless hours, days, and months looking for the right home and then pick a home inspector just because it costs $50 or $100 compared to next door.
Home inspector schools are producing a record number of new home inspectors. These people come from all walks of life. One week they’re door attendants at a department store; the next, they’re “certified” home inspectors. Before choosing Vancouver Home inspector, there are a few things you should know.
Tip no. 1:
Search, search and search again. Find out as much as possible about the inspector you want to hire. Call them and talk to them on the phone. Is it easy to talk to them? Are they knowledgeable about the houses? Will you email me a sample report? Is the report easy to read and understand? You can also ask for references from your friends and colleagues. However, never take their advice blindly. Most people have no idea whether they have received a good inspection. They just know that he likes the inspector, and he pointed out a few things. Investigate, investigate, and investigate!
Tip no. 2:
Never hire an inspector only on the recommendation of your real estate agent. While you may think your agent has hung up on the moon, they may be pressuring you to use a “wink and nod” inspector, or as we call them in the industry, “Drive Inspectors.” They take the check as they pass the house they are supposed to inspect. These inspectors don’t “rock the boat” or are “business killers.”
These inspectors get their business from the agents who inspect them. The agent knows the inspector will ensure the inspection doesn’t derail the transaction. Even if your agent recommends 2,3, or more inspectors, it’s best to avoid conflicts of interest and find an inspector who works for you and only you.
Tip no. 3:
Because the word “Certificate” may not be good, listen. You can become a “certified” home inspector by sending a hundred dollars to one of the many home inspection associations. No experience is required. Send them the money, and they will send you a “Certificate” certificate.
Of course, it’s good if your inspector belongs to some state and national home inspector associations. Most professionals in any business belong to industry associations in their field. Home inspectors are no different. However, many companies are looking to make money on new home inspectors. Don’t let the “Certified” or “Master Certified” home inspector label fool you. Some of these organizations use the word “Certificate” to try to sound credible. Buyer beware. If you are looking for a new building inspector, you should look for a code “certified” inspector.
ASHI has very strict requirements for membership, including passing the National Home Inspector Exam. NAHI has similar requirements.
Tip no. 4:
You get what you pay for. Price should be at the bottom of your priority list when buying a Vancouver Home Inspector. A good, thorough, and knowledgeable inspector will save you money, while a bad inspector will cost you far more than his fees. You may need that 100 dollars you saved to try fixing that $10,000 roof your inspector didn’t warn you about.
Let’s take a 2000-square-foot house. A top-notch inspector who knows what he’s doing will cost you anywhere from $350 to $600 for a home this size, depending on a few variables. You have to ask yourself, if the inspector I choose charges less, why? What will be lost or left out of the inspection?
On the other hand, a good inspector will find things that others won’t. You may want to go back to the seller and renegotiate the price of the house. I have seen sellers drop the price by $30,000 due to items we found incorrect in homes. I’ve also saved my customers countless thousands of dollars by pointing out major flaws before they sign on the dotted line.
Tip no. 5:
Check with your state to see if they require licensed home inspectors. More and more states require home inspectors to be licensed. Some inspectors cannot meet the standards even in these states and will conduct illegal inspections. Consult them before hiring them.
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