Interview the Home Inspector
- Is the inspector a member of a home inspector trade association?
- Does the inspector conform with state requirements?
- How many inspections has the inspector performed?
- How long has the inspector been performing inspections?
- Does the inspector have any apprenticed training which is not required in Texas? Most inspectors never apprenticed with an experienced teaching inspector and trained through a distance education program.
- What is the inspector's background, contractor? Engineer? What qualifies them to inspect homes.
- Does their company carry General Liability insurance?
- Are they a full-time inspector?
- How long should the inspection take? The average is 3-4 hours. However, this can vary depending on the house and the parties present.
- As the client may I accompany the inspector? This is typically recommended; the client, however, must not impede or distract the inspector. The client should not get near any open electric areas or get on the roof or enter the attic (beyond storage areas) with the inspector due to safety concerns.
- Does the inspector get on roofs when possible? Does the inspector get in crawlspaces when accessible?
- Let the inspector describe and educate you about their inspection and why you should choose them.
- Shy away from inspectors that criticize their competition.
- Don't go with the lowest price; go with the best qualifications. Price matching skills is not possible.
- What other types of inspections does the inspector perform?
- Finally, when will you receive the report?