Before you agree to buy a new home, you should always get it inspected. A home can hide many problems you won’t be able to recognize, so you should have a professional inspector look at it to ensure you are aware of any possible issues first. However, not all home inspectors are equally qualified, so you’ll need to do your research in order to select the right person for the job.
In this article, our team at Cornerstone Inspections will go over a few key qualities to look for in a home inspector.
- Training and Experience – When searching for a home inspector, ask about the candidates’ level of training and experience. Ideally, you want someone who was rigorously trained and who has been working in the field for several years at least. Our inspectors have all completed Master Certification training, and they have been working in this business for over a decade.
- Detailed Reports – We also encourage you to ask to see examples of each candidate’s past work before you choose who to hire. A reputable home inspector will be happy to show you examples of past inspection reports. Then, when comparing each report, pay attention to the amount of detail each inspector provides—you want the one with the most detailed reporting.
- Reputation – Our last tip for finding the best home inspector is to ask your social circle for recommendations. Reach out to friends, co-workers, family members, and other acquaintances who have recently bought new homes and ask who they hired to do their home inspection—if the person was satisfied with their experience, add that inspector to your list of candidates.