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How to Hire the Right Home Inspector

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So, you’ve decided to build, buy, or sell a home—big decision, right?  Now, your next decision—also a difficult one—is choosing the right home inspector. Different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and pricing. How to choose?  Home inspection requires considerable time and effort so make sure the one you hire has an excellent reputation within the housing industry for going above and beyond the minimum requirements.

Here are 5 tips for hiring a home inspector:

Look for an inspector before you shop for a home. If you choose a home first, time is critical and you may feel pressured to pick the first inspector you meet. Ask friends and family for recommendations or look up a list of local inspectors on the
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. Look for an inspector with a broad knowledge of a home's systems and structures, not just a specialized person such as a plumber or electrician.

Do your research and ask lots of questions of prospective inspectors.  Ask about their backgrounds, the length of time they've been in the business, the number of inspections they've performed, and what sort of report they'll provide.  Ask what kinds of inspections they offer.  A quality home inspector will offer a wide variety of inspection services that include:  General
Home Inspection, Home Safety Consultation, Pre and New Construction Inspection,Wood Destroying Inspection, Water Quality Testing, and Radon Testing.  Choosing one professional who can meet all of your home buying or selling inspection needs saves time and aggravation during what is already a very stressful process.

Check into state regulations regarding home inspectors. Verify the inspector’s license and consumer complaint record with the state agency. If your state does not regulate inspectors, look for credentials such as certification by ASHI.  Also, make sure your inspector carries errors and omissions insurance.

Interview your top choices.  Take the time to speak with several inspectors and have confidence in their skills and demeanor.  Is he or she objective as well as independent and not affiliated with the real estate agency selling the home?  Is he or she familiar with the particular type of house you're considering?  Homes of different ages, designs, and materials each have special risks and offer special signs, symptoms, and clues to hidden damage.

Choose an inspector who can deliver a completed report with plenty of time for review. Also request an electronic copy so you can e-mail it to friends and family.

Hiring the right home inspector can make a huge difference in your home purchase or sale.  Rife Home Inspections stands ready to serve all your inspection needs with honesty, integrity, and professionalism. 
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