DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO ASK A HOME INSPECTOR??

By
Real Estate Agent with Cottage and Loft Realty

 

10 Questions to Ask a Home Inspector

 

  1. What are your qualifications? Are you a member of the American Association of Home Inspectors?

  2. Do you have a current license? Inspectors are not required to be licensed in every state.

  3. How many inspections of properties such as this do you do each year?

  4. Do you have a list of past clients I can contact?

  5. Do you carry professional errors and omission insurance? May I have a copy of the policy?

  6. Do you provide any guarantees of your work?

  7. What specifically will the inspection cover?

  8. What type of report will I receive after the inspection?

  9. How long will the inspection take and how long will it take to receive the report?

  10. How much will the inspection cost?

 

Portions adapted from Real Estate Checklists and Systems and used with permission (http://activerain.com/action/blogs_admin/www.realestatechecklists.com).

EDITH WHARTON

804-741-9930

WANNASELL4YOU@AOL.COM

8901-A PATTERSON AVE. RICHMOND, VA. 23229

Comments (2)

Anonymous
Kenneth Miller

Edith,

I just did a Google search on American Association of Home Inspectors.  I didn't get a hit on that name.  Did you mean ASHI, The american Society of Home Inspectors? 

Why only ask if the inspector belongs to ASHI.  There are thousands of qualified inspectors who belong to The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) and the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI).  Why limit your clients choices to just ASHI?  The client should also check with the inspector's organization to determine that they are indeed a member of that group.  I would also ask not only if they have E & O insurance, but GL and, if they have employees, Worker's Compensation, and how much the coverages are for. 

Kenneth Miller

Jordan Hill Home Services,LLC

(248) 398-2438

Jun 06, 2007 08:26 AM
#1
Edith Wharton
Cottage and Loft Realty - Midlothian, VA
Realtor - Chesterfield VA
Kenneth, Great point. If you notice this post was taken from Real estate checklists and systems (there's a note at the bottom of the post) from the NAR site. I read them thought they were good suggestions so I copied and pasted to AR. But, thanks for the extra information! That would prove most useful for future readers.
Jun 06, 2007 08:57 AM