U.S. News posted an excellent article titled 7 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Home Inspector. I encourage you to read it. It covers the importance of these 7 questions:
- Are you a member of a professional inspection organization?
- What’s your background?
- How much experience do you have?
- How long will the inspection take?
- What will you inspect?
- Can I attend the inspection?
- What kind of inspection report do you offer.
Here’s what Home Review Inspection Services‘ (HRIS) short answers would be to these questions.
- HRIS is a certified member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the largest supplier of education and training to the home inspection industry.
- Unlike many of its competitors, HRIS has over 30-years experience in construction; remodeling; home inspections; and building maintenance, including HVAC, residential wiring, plumbing, foundation repair, and roofing.
- HRIS conducts residential and commercial inspections in accordance with nationally recognized Standards of Practice.
- HRIS inspections average 3 to 4 hours as very thorough inspections are completed.
- HRIS section-by-section systematic home inspection and reporting process is designed to insure that nothing is overlooked. Click here for a more detailed list as to what is included in an HRIS inspection.
- Absolutely, you can attend the inspection! HRIS not only welcomes you to attend the inspection, but encourages your attendance. By doing so, you will obtain specific information concerning the various systems and structural components of the home and you will receive answers to any questions you may have. You will also become familiar with your new home by locating shut off valves, pump switches, heating and cooling filters, and breaker panels.
- HRIS provides you a detailed, yet easy-to-read, report that will identify any material defects found in your home that are in need of repair. In most cases, the report is received within 24 hours following the inspection.
In addition, I cannot stress enough the importance of hiring an inspector who understands the science in the building of a home. Everything isn’t visible. As mentioned in the article, you should look for an inspector who knows what’s inside the walls of a home and understands the basics of local building codes and requirements.