4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Home Inspector

When hiring any professional it’s important to ask pertinent questions regarding their level of expertise, knowledge, and cost.  

Hiring a home inspector is no different and by asking these questions you’ll be in a better position to make an informed decision.  After all, hiring a home inspector can be an important investment when buying or selling a home and as such, you want to make sure you get the most out of your money. 

Below are 4 questions you should be certain to ask potential home inspectors before you hire them.

  • How much experience do they have?

    One of the first questions you should ask is how much experience they have in the business.  Home inspections take a great deal of expertise and knowledge to be able to identify all of the potential problems that can arise in a home.  When questioning home inspectors about their experience, be sure to ask not only about the number of years of experience they have but also how many homes they have personally inspected.  Generally the more years of experience they have and the greater total number of homes they have inspected, the more likely it is that they are a quality home inspector.

  • What type of reports do they provide?

    When hiring a home inspector one of the key pieces of information you’ll want to obtain is a written report.  Some home inspectors only offer verbal reports and unfortunately, you’ll have no proof of an inspection ever being done.  Another thing to consider is what information they provide in their reports.  More information is not always better – quality information is what you should be looking for.  When meeting with a potential home inspector for the first time ask to see samples of their home reports before deciding whether or not to hire them.

  • How long will the inspection take?

    A general rule of thumb is that for an average sized 4 person family home, the inspection should take roughly 3 hours (give or take an hour).  Be wary of home inspectors who claim they’ll be able to complete the inspection in an hour as chances are, this will be a shoddy inspection.  Home inspection is often about the details and as such, you want to ensure the inspector will take their time in identifying any current or potential problems with the home.

  • What are their fees?

    As with any service, you’ll want to find out how much they charge.  The cost will likely depend on a variety of factors including the age of the home and the size of them home.  Don’t always go for the best cost around as paying a little extra for quality is usually worth it.  If you’re unsure about what you should be looking for, consider asking friends or family members if they can recommend a good home inspector.  Chances are they’ll know a quality inspector, or know someone who does.  Take into consideration the above questions when deciding whether the cost is worth the service.  Experience, quality reports, and longer inspections will cost more but you’ll usually be provided with the peace of mind knowing your inspection is in good hands.

Mike Bouma is a Broker with RE/MAX Ability in Oshawa, Canada. Visit Mike at http://mikebouma.ca/ for more articles as well as info on Bowmanville homes.