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What to look for in a Professional Home Inspector

  Questions that should be asked of a prospective home inspector:

What is the inspector's experience? How many years have they been in the business and how many inspections do they do a year?

Exclusively inspections? Beware of contractors who do house inspections "on the side"--they may be looking for work!

What type of report? Will it be written or oral or both? Will the report contain suggestions for remedying deficiencies?

How long will it take? A good house inspection should take between 2 and 4 hours, depending on the size of the house.

What will be included in the inspection? See "What to look for in a professional home inspection" below.

What certifications do they have? Are they ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) certified?

Does the inspector have Errors and Omissions Insurance? This gives you some level of protection should there be an "error or omission" in the inspection--meaning the inspector missed something.

What to look for in a Professional Home Inspection

  A competent and professional inspection will include a minimum of the following:

Foundation: How is the structural integrity of the foundation? Is there any evidence of cracks, shifting, or moisture problems?

General Construction: How is the quality of the general construction?

Exterior: Is the house in need of exterior repairs or maintenance?

Plumbing: How is the condition of the overall plumbing system? Any evidence of leaks or water pressure problems?

Electrical: Do any dangerous electrical situations exist? Are there apparent code violations in the electrical system?

Heating and Cooling Systems: What are the ages of the systems? Are the systems adequate for the size of the house? Have they been maintained properly?

Interior: Do doors and windows open and close properly? Are floors firm and level?

Kitchen: Are appliances functioning properly? Is the plumbing, including the dishwasher connection, in good repair?

Baths: Is the floor solid? Are there any evidence of previous or current water leaks? Is the plumbing in good repair?

Attached structures: What is the condition of any attached structure (sheds, decks, garages, etc.)

Roof: What is the approximate age of the roof? What is the estimated remaining life of the roof? What is the condition of the roofing structure as well as the shingles?
   
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