GETTING THE MOST FOR YOUR INSPECTION DOLLARS

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Home Inspector with H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties)

Having a home inspection done on your prospective dream property?

If so, here are a few helpful hints that may make your home inspection go smoother, and be more valuable to you:

 First, you should call around and ask several companies what they offer. Here are some sample questions:

A. How long does your inspection take?

B. How many pages is your report?

C. Does your report include pictures?

D. How long have you been in business? Are you a member of a professional organization, such as ASHI or NAHI? Full member or candidate?

E. How will I recieve my report? Written copy? Email, Onsite, Regular Mail? How long before I get it?

F. Will your inspector be available to answer my questions after the inspection? Will he do a follow up inspection if necessary?

G. Do I get any home warranty or guarantee? If so, for how long?

Secondly, if you already have some special concerns about this property, make sure the home inspector is aware of them ahead of time, so that he can be fully prepared to address them with you during the inspection.

Third, you should make sure that you can attend the home inspection, and try to go around with the inspector as much as possible, so that he can point out things to you firsthand, and explain where things are and how they work. Try not to bring too many other people with you, as this can be a distraction for both you and your inspector.

Fourth, be sure to READ your report once you get it! Not just the summaries, because many home inspectors include helpful hints and information in the body of the report that you won't find in the summaries.

Fifth, never be afraid to call your inspector and ask for clarification on anything that might not be clear to you. Most inspectors are more than happy to give you all the explanation you need so that you can fully understand the report and /or any defects mentioned.

And lastly, share the report with your real estate professional. If there are any major issues, you may want to discuss with them what the best course of action is, and if there is cause to re-negotiate on certain items.

Following these simple steps will help you make sure you maximize your inspectors skill and knowledge, and enhance your own knowledge of the property you are purchasing.

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Rainmaker
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Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
Good info and stuff I try to tell my buyers.  Most of the inspectors don't talk to the buyers until inspection time.
Mar 17, 2008 08:07 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector
Thank you for your post Gene. Other comments are welcome here. Anything to add is appreciated.
Mar 17, 2008 09:40 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor
Terrific reminders - i try and tell my buyers how to prefer for an inspection - but a definitely 'inspection' check-list would be an asset!  Great - thanks.
Mar 17, 2008 10:50 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector
Liz, feel free to copy my post and hand out to your clients, if you think it would be helpful. I am all about helping and educating the consumer. Thanks for your comments.
Mar 17, 2008 10:57 PM #4
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Mitchell Captain
AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home inspections in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach
That is a great self serving list.
Mar 18, 2008 12:41 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Thanks for your input Mitchell. I happen to think it is much more than self serving. I would think it is industry serving, and hopefully would mostly apply to YOUR business as well? I was not writing a commercial, just a helpful post (or so I thought).

How do you figure that advice to call around and ask pertinent questions is in any way self-serving?

I guess if they DO call around, and then happen to choose me, then it MIGHT be self-serving.

You can't  please everyone I suppose.

Mar 18, 2008 12:51 AM #6
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Mitchell Captain
AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home inspections in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach

Most inspectors can set up parameters that lead the client to the one setting those parameters. Therefore it is self serving. 

Because you belong to ASHI does that automatically make you better than an inspector that doesn't belong to any associations?  Because you been in business 20 years does that mean you are a better inspector who's been in business 5 years? Because your report is 30 pages is it better than ten? Is it better to have on site reports versus email?

I'm sorry but I see all this self serving stuff in our industry and I just get upset. You are probably a good inspector and do a good job. And just because you blog post a self serving piece does not make you a bad person or inspector.

I do the same thing, being self serving on my web by saying that you need to hire an independent home inspector.  Why would I lead my client to somebody other then myself?

Mar 18, 2008 02:54 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Mitchell, I really don't know you or the way you do business. If you read my original post, it does NOT mention any of the things you listed, nor did it make any judgement calls about any of it. I offer these as general guidelines for anyone needing a home inspection. It is up to them to decide what is best for them. I think you have to have some standards and benchmarks set up in any industry. What "parameters" would you set up? Ok, just call the first guy in the phone book, and good luck.

Although I do have literature and advertisement that ARE self-serving, this particular article is not, and was not intended that way, and I'm pretty sure I resent you saying so.

Does anyone else think this blog is self-serving? Hope not.

Let's get back to some positive comments that may be helpful to homebuyers. That was my original intent anyway.

Mar 18, 2008 03:07 AM #8
Anonymous
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Hi Kevin,

Thank you for your VALUABLE and PROFESSIONAL Post.  I like your checklist.  It provides assistance to someone who does not attend home inspections very often (Buyer) , from someone who does (Inspector).

Buyers can use some guidance on forming their questions to ask... Your post does this.  Thanks!

Mar 18, 2008 03:29 AM #9
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Mitchell Captain
AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home inspections in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach

Kevin

Sometimes the way question are written their is an underlying answer.  

B. How many pages is your report?

C. Does your report include pictures?

Mine

What type of report do you use? Ask why?

D. How long have you been in business? Are you a member of a professional organization, such as ASHI or NAHI? Full member or candidate?

Mine

Is you inspector independent or does he belong to an association? Ask why? 

G. Do I get any home warranty or guarantee? If so, for how long?

One would assume that you do offer a  warranty  and most inspectors don't.

This is positive because it  makes the home buyer aware.

 

 

Mar 18, 2008 03:30 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Ok I guess my questions DO exclude some inspectors and some companies, possibly yours?

Seems you have made a conscious decision NOT to be a part of a professional inspector organization, which may be ok. I wasn't making that judgement call either.  When someone calls your company, I'm sure you'll have ample opportunity to explain that viewpoint.

For the rest of you, I suggest you ask questions of your home inspector, so that YOU feel comfortable with Whom YOU hire.

To the anonymous poster above, I thank you for your post, and positive comments.

Mitchell, you are free to post your own list of self serving questions.

Mar 18, 2008 03:46 AM #11
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Tony Fantis
Fantis Group Real Estate - Salt Lake City, UT
Realtor,Principal Broker - Salt Lake City
My favorite is question D.  Most inspectors have software now that makes these BIG reports with not much in them.  In Utah, our home inspectors are not licensed by the state.  Is that the case anywhere else?
Mar 18, 2008 03:49 AM #12
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Joseph Michalski
Precision Home Inspection - Souderton, PA
PA Home Inspector

Tony, it's the case in many states.  There are no licenses in PA, for example, but there are some minimal regulations.  I find that the photos tend to make my report longer and that I add a lot of description and information that is intersting and may be helpful, but isn't "essential."  That's why I have recently revamped my report to include a bullet point itemized summary of items for correction (makes it easier for agents and clients).

Most software tends to add a lot of dislaimers and other things that many inspectors use for legal CYA purposes (at lesat mine does!)

Mar 18, 2008 04:10 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

There is no licensing in Ohio yet either. But, you can be licensed in many other different things, which is what a lot of Ohio home inspectors say on their literature. Some tell you that their dog has a license, and some don't say WHAT their license is for. A lot of room for ambiguity there.

I usually include photos as a totally separate file. That way, they have them if they want them, and don't have to wade through them if they don't.

Disclaimers- now there's another whole subject for another blog somewhere.

Mar 18, 2008 04:57 AM #14
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David Holden
DRH Home Inspection Akron, Ohio Summit County Home Inspector - Akron, OH
DRH Home Inspection Akron, Ohio Summit

Hi Kevin,  It is very interesting, this blogging thing, as well as this commenting thing.  I find your list both interesting and informative.  I would like to think that an inspectors "over all experience in the industry" should have a lot of weight as to their qualifications as well.  I can imagine that there are many "inspectors" out there that have only completed a course, received a certificate, and now they are "experts", all without spending one minute in the construction industry.  Know doubt, actual inspection experience has a great deal of value, but I would personally like to see someone with "field" experience too.  The other dilemma for new inspectors is that you have to start somewhere.  Even the best inspector wasn't "born an inspector".  How does one get this experience?  As for myself, I have a lot of "field" experience, so I jumped in up to my eyeballs, and this AR blogging is a huge amount of experience to draw from, like veteran inspectors such as yourself and many others that post information and photos to illustrate their point.

BTW, I do not see "self Serving" in your post at all, just sound, solid advice.

Mar 18, 2008 04:44 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Thanks very much David. That is the way it certainly was intended. There are times when you feel that giving back is the best and most important thing. If you have a lot of knowledge on a certain subject, then why not share it? When this blog started, I was actually hoping that some of you would have several more positive things to ADD to my original list, hopefully to make it better. Constant improvement is a very good thing. (I guess that's why I still go to so many seminars).

I have a really good list for the sellers too, but I think I will post that on another blog. Thanks again for the vote of confidence, David, and God bless.

Mar 18, 2008 09:55 PM #16
Rainer
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Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Kevin, I stop by in-order to check to see if you had started being active on your blog here agin or not. Looks like your not.

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