Buyers hire inspectors. Here is what you should ask!

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Buyers hire inspectors. Here is what you should ask!

Postby TedTrent » Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:34 pm

Inspections Choosing an inspector
Inspections required by the buyer are usually ordered and paid for by the buyer. Unless the buyer has an inspector in mind, she will probably ask you to recommend one. Whenever possible, you should provide at least three names to choose from. You may also want to give the buyer some tips on choosing an inspector.

Here are some questions the buyer might want to ask a home inspector:

1. How long has the firm (or individual inspector) been in business? A minimum of five years' experience is recommended.

2. Is the firm a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors? Membership requires actual experience, passing a written examination, inspection reviews, and continuing education.

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3. Has the firm changed its name recently? If so, why?

4. What type of report does the firm use? How long does it take to complete the report and get it back to the client?

5. How many inspectors does the firm have? Are they full-time or part-time?

6. Does the firm engage in other businesses in addition to inspections?

7. Does the firm also offer to make any of the repairs recommended by the inspection? If the inspection company also makes repairs, it may not give unbiased reports.

8. Does the firm provide references? Any inspector should be willing to give several references if the buyer asks for them. The buyer may also want to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been lodged against the inspection firm.

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