Buying a home is not cheap, so it’s crucial to check that everything is working correctly before paying. And a home inspector’s job is to ensure that you don’t have to pay extra bills from structural and mechanical defects. Here are some tips for choosing a good home inspection company.
Please Pay Attention to Their Reputation
Reputation is everything when choosing to work with a company. You won’t want to hire someone who has had a track record of producing subpar work. When working with a company, make sure to request that they send a creditable inspector to inspect the house.
Check their Experience Level
It would be best to find out how long the inspector or inspection company has been in business. You won’t want to work with someone who just started 2 months ago. The rule of thumb is to hire an inspection company that works with at least 300 clients yearly. This is a great signifier of their level of experience. You should understand that the more experienced the inspector is, the better they can serve you.
Several professional bodies offer inspectors certificates. These certificates show that the inspection company has passed the necessary steps to show their depth of knowledge. Some of the famous home inspection professional certifications include; NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors), ICBO (International Conference of Building Officials), EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), AARST (American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists), etc.
Cost of Inspection
Are you trying to hire the most qualified, or you want someone who will do the job for cheap? You should consider your budget, though, because that’s a significant indicator of where you’ll lean towards in terms of choosing a home inspection company.
A rule of thumb is to ask for the inspection company’s estimates, then compare it with other companies. Doing this will give you a solid idea of what to expect.
To make things a little easier for you, Ellingwood Pro has a free estimate tool directly on their website. If you want to, you can check it out here.
Your home inspector should provide you with reports of the defected areas of the home you’re about to purchase. These reports should include a clear picture of the house and all the places that needed a touch-up. Also, some maintenance and major repair items. Having this in mind will help you decide if you want to move on with purchasing the house. Curious what your report would look like if Ellingwood Pro completed your home inspection? Check out a sample report here.
Choose Ellingwood Pro for Your Inspection Needs
At Ellingwood Pro, we serve counties in West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia. If you would like to look at the specific counties we service, you can locate them on the service area tab of our website or visit it here. We offer residential home inspections revolving around your home’s exteriors, interiors, systems, and appliances, as well as, several other add on services.
For your rental properties, we handle move-in and move-out inspections. We provide written reports to show your property’s condition before and after a tenant moves in.
Our third party documentation ensures a fair, unbiased assessment of the residential property’s current condition and safety.
If you are ready to schedule a residential home inspection for your new home, start here and use code EPTOC2020 for a 10% discount on a Residential Home Inspections.