Does Your Home Inspector Have a System

Choosing a home inspector can be a nervous undertaking especially if you have no one to ask so as to get a referral to one. When choosing a home inspector try to find a home inspector that has system to what he or she does.

Most people have heard the horror stories of home inspectors that arrive late, are dressed like they just woke up or recently crawled out from underneath a car, and spend only 45 minutes or so at a house and claim that they are done. Often these inspectors use a sloppy hand written report and still leaves questions. I have read home inspection reports that provide little useful information.

When Habitation Investigation arrives for a home inspection, they arrive a few minutes early and wearing a pair of clean khaki pants, and a clean blue shirt. A tool pouch and computer are carried in to the home and set up in the kitchen where the notes on the home inspection will be entered into the computer and the reporting software. The home is then inspected in a sequence that aids in locating issues such as water leaks.

Habitation Investigation has a system and a sequence to the inspection process. The use of the computer and the report writing software allows for consistency and detail in the comments regarding the inspection findings. The report system also has the areas and systems of the house tabbed to ensure that each area is completed.

My typical home inspection takes 2.5 to 3 hours at the home to complete. After this time I will return to my office to place the digital images taken during the inspection in to the report. This makes the inspection report one of the most detailed around and the easiest to understand.

When searching for a home inspector be sure to select a person or company that has a system to help ensure consistent and high quality inspections. Finding a inspector that uses a computer and takes pictures as part of the inspection report also helps ensure that there is a system to the inspection process. There are several report writing programs available to home inspectors and are all decent. The biggest factor in if your home inspection experience will be positive or negative depends on the home inspector. It takes effort to do a thorough inspection, doing inspections is not a career for the lazy. Look for an inspector that has a good reputation, positive comments and a system to conduct the inspections.

Need to find a Home Inspector or Appraiser? Bypass your Agent and Locate one on your own

You looked around, talked to friends or acquaintances for recommendations, and found your real estate agent. You should do the same to locate your Appraiser and Home Inspector. It’s really not that hard or time consuming. You can usually find the right one in a matter of an hour or so of research and phone calls.

No matter how honest a real estate agent or broker is, few of them want to see a potential sale go south because of a low appraisal value or a home inspection report full of listed defects. One of the ways is for an agent to recommend an appraiser that will almost guarantee the sale price or a home inspector that isn’t very picky or does a very quick inspection. There are many, many good appraisers and home inspectors out there. However, for those that have an “in” with an agent that recommends them, they may be more than reluctant to give a bad report. No one wants to shoot the goose that lays the golden egg so to speak. An appraiser or inspector will feel a bit of loyalty towards that agent that recommended them, and may not have your interests fully in mind.

One of the ways to avoid this apparent conflict of interest is to find one on your own. There are many sources to locate a good appraiser or inspector. You can start by looking up 3 or more and calling and talking to them. Several sources include the internet, phone book, friends, etc. If you ask your agent for some, make sure it’s a long list and not just a hand picked few.

Have a list of questions handy. Ask about their experience, national or local professional affiliations, etc. Ask for references and/or copies of their work. Find one you feel comfortable with and that you feel you can trust. It’s hard to determine over the phone someone to trust, but if you do your homework and ask the right questions it will greatly increase your odds.

Another issue will be timing. Don’t wait until the last minute to try to find someone. That will reduce your chances of finding the right person, and you’ll end up hiring the first one that can just meet your schedule.

Try not to shop for the lowest bidder! This is probably one of the largest and longest investments you will ever make so this isn’t the time to become thrifty. Find someone in the middle of the road. Those that are low end of the spectrum tend to be either part-timers or very inexperienced. Those on the high end tend to be the more experienced inspectors or appraisers that don’t really want your work unless you are willing to pay through the nose for it and can meet their schedule.

Finding a home inspector or appraiser on your own will help to avoid any conflict of interest with your agent and will almost guarantee that you will have someone working in your own best interest.

Here are a few sources to locate a qualified home inspector.

In Wisconsin

Wisconsin Home Inspector Directory [HTTP://wisconsin-home-inspectors.com]

Wisconsin Appraiser Directory

National sites

NACHI Home Inspector Directory

Home Inspection USA Directory

Home Buying Basics – How to Find a Qualified Home Inspector

Home inspection is an integral part of real estate investment. If you are considering buying a property, you should hire home inspection service. Most people do not realize how important it is to find a home inspector, whether you are selling your house or buying a new one. Bluntly, some inspectors are less credible when it comes to their background and qualifications. In order to find a home inspector that suits your liking and preferences, the following should be considered as a resource:

The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) – Most legitimate businesses in San Diego and the rest of California are members of CREIA. If you ask reputable real estate brokerages, most of them require their agents to work with members of this association. As with most states, a particular member of an association cannot advertise its connection with a particular group until this member has reached the strict minimum standards of a practicing member. CREIA has developed Standards of Practice that define the minimum scope of a home inspection. It also has a Code of Ethics that requires its members to exhibit the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, dedication, and good faith in any dealings with the client. By doing these, associations like CREIA ensures clients that they are dealing with a reputable and reliable home inspection service provider.

Another surefire way of finding a qualified inspector for your home is by asking for opinions and feedback. Talk to friends who have had inspection services recently. How satisfied are they to the services of the inspector? Did their inspector do a great job? You can also ask them the processes that they went through in finding the house inspector for their residence.

If you have a trusted real estate agent, ask for some recommendations. Agents deal with house inspections everyday. They often have first-hand experience on how home inspectors work and they surely know who the good inspectors are. However, take care not to immediately get the services of your real estate agent, unless you completely trust him. Usually, agents recommend the ones who will help them get the deal that they want. Ask the agent at least three references and then use these names as a starting point in your search for a home inspector.

If you do not know friends who have had a home inspection service or an agent who can give referrals, you may utilize the yellow pages to find a home inspector. If you live in San Diego, search for local names first before moving on the companies in other states. Try searching online yellow pages because they have feedback pages where you can check out what other people are saying about a particular service provider.

Before you finally hire the services of the home inspector, remember to check out the home inspector of your choice. Secure copies of their previous inspection reports to determine how thorough they are when it comes to home inspection. Ask about their record of accomplishment. Ask for the names of their specific clients and if possible, try calling a few of their previous clients to find out if the home inspection service did a good job with them. It will not hurt to ask so that you are sure that what you would be paying is worth your money.

Good Home Inspectors Should Be Paid More

Home inspectors take on a lot of responsibility. Home buyers are looking to the home inspector to provide accurate information on the property that they are considering to purchase. With homes being well above $150,000 in many cases. It is hard to believe that some inspectors charge so little to be responsible for so much. It is harder to believe that some buyers will look for the cheapest most hard up inspector

A few years ago the average price for a home inspection was $320.00. However there are home inspectors out there that offer to do any size home for two hundred dollars. This is crazy. Obviously these low ball inspectors are new at the business or they expect to spend very little time actually inspecting the home ant writing the report. I thorough inspection should take at least two and a half hours to do. Plus the time it takes to write and finish up the inspection report.

I have read some of the marketing materials that other home inspectors put out. One claimed to have completed so many inspections in the past 3 years that I decided to do some math on it. I calculated that working at the home inspections 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, that this inspector spent on average 45 minutes at each house. If I was the home buyer I would certainly feel cheated if the inspector spent 45 minutes in the home and expected me to pay him $300.00.

When doing a home inspection sometimes the home seller is present. One home seller commented to the buyer that he appreciated that I was doing a detailed inspection. The seller stated that when he bought the place five years earlier that his inspector missed a lot of issues. His inspector spent only thirty minutes in the home and gave no report. I would have refused to pay that person for such a terrible job.

I asked the seller what the inspection fee was. He stated that he did not remember. I bet that he did remember. He was just too embarrassed that he paid so guy for far more than he was worth. The inspector was apparently a cheap one, Most sane people would refuse to pay a guy $320.00 for 30 minutes of work and no report.

If you want a good inspection then you need to find a home inspector that will take the time needed to do a thorough job. It takes time, effort and training to become skilled at home inspections. If you want a poor cheap inspection that is your choice and your risk. If you want an thorough, accurate inspection of the home you are buying then you need to expect to pay for that level of quality. Low priced inspectors give low quality inspections and spend little time inspecting the home. They are cheap for a reason.