Call and ask about their credentials and experience and which associations they belong too! If for some reason you don't feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone, then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection? You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive to your needs.
When choosing a home inspector, begin with a list of association members in your area. Then check to see who among them is the most experienced and has the most outstanding reputation for thoroughness as an inspector. Be sure to attend your inspection. That way, you'll learn as much as possible from your inspector. Some have college degrees in fields related to construction such as engineering and architecture. A few have passed the same code certification examinations that building code officials are required to pass.
Most inspections take about an hour to an hour and a half per 1000 sq. ft. These times may vary depending on the size, age and condition of the home.
We recommend that you be present at the site of the inspection, from start to finish. But if you're unable to be there the entire time we recommend being there the last 30 minutes or so!
The purchase of a new home is one of the most costly investments that a person or family will make. You need to know if the mechanics under the hood are okay, but without performance testing you won't know if your home's major appliances will stand up to the extreme summer temps of the Coachella valley. A home inspection is an excellent tool for you, the home buyer, to help determine not only the condition of the home, but to also help find any immediate, additional costs that may otherwise go unnoticed. Home inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but can pinpoint existing problem areas.
The central air and heating systems (HVAC). The second would be the swimming pool.
This is the biggest mistake many new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced in professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector's instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and hours of experience to develop. Many contractors and other trade professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.
Feel free to call us and discuss all the aspects of your new home whenever you like. Our service is a long-term investment. Our number is 903-727-0831.