How to hire the right home inspector!
Not all home inspectors are the same. There are many difference between inspectors some charge a very high price, some have fair pricing, and others have cheap prices. Also consider how much time the inspector spends at the property does he spend only two hours or less out of the home in a blink of the eye with the report completed,or does he take three hours or more at the property, and another two or more hours completing the report ,providing pictures and very detailed comments. Many times the cost is related to the experience of the home inspector, quality of the inspection and the report. Usually the higher the price the more experience an inspector may have and the cheaper prices may reflect a new home inspector starting out. Than there are the home inspectors that are very through with there inspections and reports this takes more time at the inspection and to gather all the information to put the report together usually taking at least three hours or more depending on square footage, age, and condition and three or more hours working on the report. The cheap inspections are usually as they sound cheap low quality spends about an hour and a half and are either done with the report or almost done and on there way to the next inspection on there list.So the question is what type of home inspector do you want for one of the largest purchases of your life. Do you want a cheap home inspector who may be learning at your expense or a more experienced inspector one who takes his time not rushing the home inspection or report providing a much valued service to the client. You may also want to ask what type of equipment the home inspector is using. Does the inspector use technology to benefits the client on finding things that may not be visible, or does he / she show up with just a flashlight, and a screw driver this can all reflect the price. The truth is inspectors get better as time goes one in most cases. Now some home inspectors have experience in other areas such as construction and home building before becoming a home inspector which can help. Education and training can really improve a home inspector as well, but nothing replaces experience. Experience does not mean just holding a Professional home inspection license. An experienced home inspector in my opinion has completed at least 500 inspections. Ask your home inspector if you can be present if not ask why. Your buying the home and paying for the inspection report So why shouldn't you be present for such an important decision. Your the one buying the home and paying for the report. The inspector should want you there so he /she can make you better informed of all the defects. Now it's up to you make good decision and you'll be fine.
Find out what type of reports the Houston, Katy, Cypress,Tomball, Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe, Magnolia, Kingwood, Humble, Sugar Land, Missouri City, and Richmond Texas Home inspector delivers. Is it a hand written check list type inspection. These types do not produce much details and won't be very informative possibly leaving you more confused then informed. Does the inspector offer a computer generated report with photos of defects. These types are more informative and can be delivered on site or to your email. Does the home inspector deliver report on site or with in 24 hours. Delivering on site in my opinion will be less detailed than a report delivered with in 24 hours. I deliver my reports with in 24 hours delivering you the most detailed reports . My work doesn't stop at the inspection at the home. I usually spend at least an additional two to three hours on the report sometimes even longer depending on how many defects are present.Ask to see a report are they easy to read meaning can you find the defects in the report without any effort on your part, or is it difficult to read and find the defects. My defects are highlighted in red and are also located on a summary page making it very easy to locate all the defects. I do recommend reading the whole report for all the additional information. You can check out the report page on this web site to see my reports.
How not to hire a bad home inspection.
Want a bad inspector don't hire one at all your guaranteed to get the worst home inspection. One of the worst things you can do is to make a decision not to have a home inspection at all. This is even worst than hiring a bad home inspector. The bad home inspector may find some defects for you not having a home inspections guaranties that you will have zero information about the home your about to spend a lot of money on.
If you would like to hire a bad home inspector hire only considering the price hire the cheapest inspector you can find. You will be sure to get a home inspector that is either inexperienced or one that's just in a hurry to get done and move on.One of the most common questions is how much is the cost of the home inspection service. This is the first question that a lot of clients ask first. Although this is important it's not the only thing you should be considering when hiring a home inspector. After all this is a very expensive purchase and you'll regret it if you hire a bad inspector to save $100 or so dollars.If you hire the inspector with the cheap price and he or she misses a major issue the $100 you saved at the home inspection may end up costing you thousands and that cheap home inspection was much more expensive than you expected.Save yourself some money and hire yourself an experience inspector pay a little more up front, but save in the long run.
Hire the inspector from a real pushy Real Estate agent that insist you must use there inspector.Most Realtor's are great and have your best interest and will steer you in the right direction as to recommend a few home inspectors, but be careful there are a handful that don't feel the same way and just want to sell the home.If you feel that your Realtor is really pushing a particular home inspector on you beware. You might want to say I was going to ask around and hire my own home inspector. See what kind of reaction you get if the Realtor is still trying to get you to use the home inspector he or she recommends you may want to get your own home inspector. There has only been a few times when a Realtor has come to my unhappy about the defects I had listed in the report. One time was about Aluminum wiring being present in the home. The Realtor said I was costing He or she money because the buyer was backing out of the purchase because of the hazards and there insurance would not insure for Aluminum wiring. The Realtor said I could have made it sound better in the report and it is common in older homes so it's all right. I did advise the client to check insurance rates or if they could get insurance and have a Licensed and Certified electricians to evaluate all connections. I made it know that I abide by a code of ethics and can not candy coat any hazard found during a home inspection masking the client feel like it is not important. I work for the client only and not the Realtor and the client was very happy knowing this information, but again most Realtor's have your best interest as well.
ant a bad home inspector than don't ask any questions. How can you find out anything about the service your about to pay for if you don't ask your home inspector any questions about the home inspection service. Don't ask the inspector about the type of tools he or she uses. Don't ask how long he or she will take inspecting the home your about to purchase because that may give you a good ideal of how thorough the inspection may be. Also I wouldn't ask ask the inspector you hired anything about the report when is it delivered,how long does your average report take you to write, or is it complete onsite, do you add photos to the report, is it a narrative or just a check list.
This is just a guide you can use to hire a bad home inspection company. Of course nobody really wants a bad home inspection so do the opposite hire a company that cares about the home inspection profession and has pride in his or her work. I am courteous and professional always trying to provide the most for the client. Sometimes you have to pay a little more for premium service and that's what I deliver thorough home inspections and particular reports.I spend the time at the property and on the report. There is no way I could deliver a completed report with as much detail at the end of the inspection. So use this as a guide and hire yourself a great Houston home inspector.