It's been more than 400 years since the Bard asked, "What's in a name?" All these years later, Shakespeare's question remains an excellent one — especially if you ask it about home inspectors. Here's a list of questions you should be asking anyone before you hire them to inspect the house you’re about to purchase.
NOTE: Keep in mind, although the implementation of inspector licensing is in progress, Ontario home inspectors are not yet licensed. If anyone tells you they are “licensed” at this point in time it is not, and cannot be true.
- How long have you been a home inspector? How many houses have you inspected?
- Are you a member of a recognized professional association?
- Are you a National Certificate Holder?
- Do you carry professional and general liability insurance?
- Can you provide client, Realtor or other referrals?
- Can I attend the inspection?
- Will you provide a written report, and when will I receive it?
- Will you be available to answer questions after the inspection?
- What is covered (what will you be inspecting, and how will I know if there are any exclusions?
- Will I see a written agreement prior to commencement of the inspection?