4 Tips For Finding The Best Home Inspector

Dated: 03/30/2014

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Buying a house is the biggest purchase you'll likely ever make. That's why you want the best possible home inspector in your corner to tell you whether that cute Colonial is your dream home … or a lemon with a rotting foundation, termites and a shaky chimney. But first, how do you know if an inspector is rock-solid? We've grilled the experts for their top tips on how to find and vet a home inspector.

There are 20,000 to 30,000 home inspectors nationwide today, estimates Turner, who is also president of the 20-year-old National Association of Home Inspectors, which has about 1,500 members. He says many inspectors were lured into the business by promises of easy money. No wonder would-be homeowners have trouble knowing whom to trust.
Unfortunately, only about half of states require any kind of certification or licensing for home inspectors.  
Tip No. 1: Don't trust an inspector simply because he or she has a state license or certification. All states that issue licenses require training, "but the training may be so minimal that it is ineffective,"  

Tip No. 2:
Look for an inspector who is associated with a professional inspection organization. This can help weed out the truly fly-by-night inspectors, but it won't catch all the bad actors. Look for affiliation with groups such as NAHI, the National Institute of Building Inspectors, and the American Society of Home Inspectors. These are some of the most reputable inspector associations, and their Web sites have a "find an inspector" service to locate a member in your area.  Inspectors who are fully certified by ASHI, the nation's oldest such group, with 5,700 members, are required to have completed at least 250 paid professional home inspections and passed two written exams, for example.
 
Tip No. 3: Don't just take your agent's recommendation at face value. Real-estate agents often recommend inspectors to home buyers. But that arrangement doesn't necessarily serve the home buyer well, since both agent and inspector have a financial incentive for things to go well: for the agent, a commission, and for the inspector, the possibility of repeat business from the agent.  Although, the good Realtors are going to recommend an inspector who's not going to be afraid of what he calls out.  
Tip No. 4: Grill him. Once you've got an inspector in your sights, start sniffing around his résumé and asking questions. 'Inspect the inspector,'"   Check for complaints. If your state licenses inspectors, call the licensing board, or whatever body oversees them.  The local Better Business Bureau could also be worth a call.  Basically you should Interview the inspector.   

Feryal Ozdemir Denver, Colorado Realtor-
Feryal specializes in helping buyers and sellers buy, sell, and invest in real estate, whether buying as a first time homeowner or buying a property as an investment in the Denver Metro Area.
Feryal Ozdemir markets in residential sales include First-time Homebuyers, Short Sales/Foreclosures, and Investments. 
Call Feryal Ozdemir @ 303.332.5551
 
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Sheryll White

As a Full Time real estate agent for the past 23 years, Sheryll has helped hundreds of home owners in Colorado buy and sell their homes. Sheryll's easy going, no pressure style and her in depth knowl....

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