We all agree as professionals that we can not force our clients to hire a company to inspect the property that they are purchasing, but according to HUD, Us Department of Housing and Urban Development there are 10 Questions that you should address when you decide to hire that company or individual to protect your buyer or seller.
Naturally the client first question would be what is the price? Make sure the inspector and the report will meet all requirements. You should be able to request and to see a written report. If there are items or areas of concern you will want to make sure they are inspected.
You should ask the question on how long have you been doing this type of work and how many inspections have you done?. If this person has a history and background they should be able to provide referrals.
Are you specifically experienced in residential inspections.? Having someone who is in the construction or engineering industry will give you a better defined report.
Do they offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection? Some states allow this but in my opinion, this could also be conflict of interest.
How long will an inspection take? A well rounded inspection should take 2 1/2 hours or longer. If they try shortening then they might miss an important factor.
What type of Inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report? Most inspectors will provide they report within 24 hours of the inspection
Will you be able to attend the inspection? I always encourage my clients to be present on the inspection day. This way they can see what the inspector is doing and also have the opportunity to walk with them through the inspection
Do you participate in continuing Education programs. As we all know that times are changing. Continuing education is a good measure for all professions and service to the consumer. Especially if the home is much older or includes unique elements.