That’s Your Responsibility
Who NOT to Ask!
First of all, choose the inspector yourself, rather
than let your real estate agent do it for you. Although agents are capable of
making honest and well-intentioned referrals, this is dangerous ground for real
estate agents. Do NOT accept a referral from the seller's agent.
NOT to Hire And when.
WARNING: Do NOT hire a company that also
performs construction or repairs, or refers clients to other repair companies.
This is a clear conflict of interest.
Tips on Inspecting the Inspector
The Qualifications Quiz:
1 — Ask the local Better Business
Is there is a complaint record on the individual or company?
If the company's record is clean, proceed with the other questions. If not, look
for another inspector.
2 — How long have you been in business? (The
longer the better.)
This is critical. Nothing beats experience in the
field. It means the inspector has pleased enough customers to stay in business,
and has dealt with a variety of home types and conditions.
3 — Can you
give me at least three customer references?
Don't just ask for customer
references, call them! Ask them very pointed questions.
Be sure to talk to
people who have owned their homes for at least three months-- it can take that
long for problems to show up.
Easy as 1 - 2 - 3...
forget four and just a few more... to make sure you thoroughly inspect the inspector.
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