Experience

Find out how much experience a potential inspector has. If an inspector has not been performing inspections very long that does not mean that he or she is not qualified, it just means that you will need to ask more questions.

Home Inspection Training

Has the inspector gone through any extensive training in home inspection? There are several training companies that provide hands-on training. Also, you may ask what other related experience the inspector has. Many inspectors have been in the building trades for several years and have considerable knowledge of home construction.
Ask what kind of Continued education programs the Inspector participates in.  Many States require an inspector to keep current with information and skills by attending continued education classes.  These requirements are usually 20-24 hours a year. 

Association Membership

Is the inspector a member of a professional Home Inspection organization? Companies that are affiliated with professional organizations are serious about what they do, and they know about all the new developments in their fields. They are continually informed about changes in the building codes and city requirements.

National Home Inspection Organizations Include:

  • American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
  • Inter-National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (Inter-NACHI)
  • National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI)
  • National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE)
  • National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI)
There are several other local organizations that provide support for the Home Inspectors in a certain state or region. It is important that the inspectors belong to an association and abide by a set of guidelines that require professionalism in the industry.

Liability Insurance

Does the inspector carry Professional Liability Insurance (Errors and Omissions Insurance)? Make sure you ask for a copy of their liability insurance policy. If you ever need to collect on a legal judgment, the inspector's insurance policy will be able to pay on your claim. An inspector without insurance my not be able to pay your claim.
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