Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Importance Of A Qualified Home Inspector

Find a qualified home inspector

Like with most professions, you will find qualified and unqualified individuals calling themselves a professional. Home inspectors are no different. In some ways, it's even more difficult to differentiate the good home inspectors from the bad home inspectors, primarily because few states regulate or license home inspectors.
This means any Joe or Jane Blow can print up business cards that identify the individual as a home inspector, and go about the practice of collecting fees from unsuspecting buyers while sucking up to, excuse me, I mean networking with agents for more business.
Here are a few ways you can protect yourself from hiring an unqualified inspector:

Review a Sample Home Inspection Report

A home inspector should be able to e-mail you a copy of a sample report. If it's three or four pages long, don't hire that person. While lengths of reports may vary, comprehensive reports average between 20 and 50 pages and contain color photographs highlighting defects or problems.

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