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Look for inspectors who are members of industry organizations.

Errors and Omissions liability insurance is a good indicator of quality.

If you have a bad feeling about an inspector, use your judgment. Reinspect, if necessary.

Did you know?

Most states don’t regulate home inspections or inspectors.

Since most states do not regulate home inspections – or home inspectors – it’s best get advice from a professional real estate agent or local Board of Realtors to be sure you get a bona fide qualified professional. Most real estate agents will recommend several inspectors for you to choose from.

Here’s some key advice for picking a Home Inspector:

Look for someone who is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors or National Association of Home Inspectors. Both organizations hold members to standards of practice and a professional code of ethics.

Make sure your home inspector is insured. Only the most established inspectors carry Errors and Omissions liability insurance, which is difficult to qualify for, and expensive. It protects both the inspector and you.

Trust your instincts. If you do not feel comfortable with a prospective inspector, look elsewhere.

Beware just picking someone off the Internet. Since their inspection may well be the clincher in your house deal, you want to be sure that the inspector you choose is a qualified professional.

Your home inspection is one of the final steps in purchasing your home, and one of the most important in guaranteeing its livability in the years to come. Don’t rush through the process, or hire just anyone.

To learn more, explore the advice in this section of our site! You can also talk with a local Crestico agent to get professional and experienced advice about working with and finding good Home Inspectors!