When you are buying or selling a home you will be choosing a real estate agent you can trust, that is professional and someone that you get along with. You will most likely research different agents by either looking them up online or consulting with family and friends. When hiring a home inspector you should be sure to choose an inspector that will be the best for you as well. There are several things you should consider when selecting a home inspection company and inspector for your home inspection. We have listed some of the top things you should look for when choosing a home inspector below.
Look at Their Reviews
A lot of real estate agents will give their clients the name of several inspection companies they have had a great experience with. Their personal review is great but you can also take it a step further and take a look at online reviews when considering the best home inspector for you. A home inspector with 50 plus online reviews of 5 Stars is a great indicator that they are good at what they do. Take time to read the reviews to see if they are someone you would like to hire for your inspection.
Look Online Before Choosing
A lot of home inspection companies have a company website or social media pages. You can look up several home inspectors in the area and review their services and service area. A home inspector with a raving review is wonderful but if they do not offer the home inspection service you need then they will not be a great fit for you.
A great home inspector will have sample inspection reports that you can view prior to booking an inspection with them. Take the time to review the sample report to get a feel for if it is delivered digitally and easy to follow. You also want to ask to see how quickly a home inspection report is completed and delivered to the client. A great home inspector has their reports sent to the client the same day as the inspection.
As you are reviewing and researching different home inspectors it is important to review their experience. You will want to go with a home inspector who has done several inspections previously and have a good understanding of what to look for. A bonus would be if the home inspector has any contractor or construction experience. This helps the inspector have additional knowledge of a home and can provide you with more feedback during the inspection process.
Talk to the Inspector or the Inspection Company
If you have a couple different inspectors in mind that all seem very qualified and professional, then the next step is to talk with the inspector or the company. When talking with them, you can get a feel for how the scheduling process will look and an estimated price. You can also talk with the inspector to ensure you like their personality and background prior to hiring them. If you are considering a larger company with multiple inspectors, it might be a great idea to call the company to talk with someone about what they offer and ensure they are professional and organized.
Hopefully, this blog is helpful when you are trying to determine what to look for when hiring a home inspector. Use the tips above to choose the best inspector for you and your inspection. Don’t forget to inspect before you buy! Consider Ellingwood Pro Home Inspections for your next home inspection. Ellingwood Pro’s reviews can be found on our website or by clicking here.