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What Do I Ask a Prospective Home Inspector?

Check the credentials of prospective inspectors.

Clarify what you expect from the inspector.

Ask for references.

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It’s a good idea to check for objectivity and any conflicts of interest when choosing an inspector.

When you talk with a prospective home inspector, always check his or her credentials but also clarify what you expect from that person. Home inspection associations recommend that you ask the following questions when you retain a home inspector:

What kind of training and credentials do you have?

How long have you been in this business?

Are you affiliated with any real estate agencies or local construction businesses? (conflict of interest.)

Do you receive or give referral fees? (objectivity)

Can you provide an advance list of areas to be inspected?

Do you provide a detailed written report of all defects and recommendations for corrective measures?

How much do you charge?

Are there additional charges for certain tests?

Can you provide recent references?

No professional home inspector will object to these questions. If someone is reluctant, hire someone who you know you can work with.