WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HOME INSPECTION STANDARDS
We do not perform random or representative sampling. Although representative sampling is allowed by the ”home inspection standards of practice” and is the way many home inspectors carry out an inspection, we feel that with representative sampling many problems are missed. Although the home inspection can be done faster using representative sampling, essentially up to roughly 75% of some home components go unchecked using this method. Our inspections may sometimes take longer than the average inspection, but we check every accessible receptacle outlet, wall switch, window, door, cabinet and built in appliance and inspect every accessible area of the house.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HOME INSPECTION COSTS
Because many home inspectors compete for business by focusing attention to their
advertised low fees or free promotions, most people think fees are the only differentiating factor among inspectors. What if someone answered the phone and said: “I’m the newest, least experienced inspector, I provide a hard to read, hand written checklist with no photos and the only way I can get business is by charging less than the other inspectors. “Okay, you won’t hear that actual statement, but what is an inspector really saying when he states: “My $150 home inspection fee is lower than any other home inspector”? Do professionals in the top of their field try to attract clients with low fees OR superior value? Who would YOU want performing the home inspection?
You’ve spent months searching for the place you will call home, but how much time have you spent checking out the home inspector that you will place your trust in? What are the inspector’s qualifications and inspection experience? Be aware: Some inspectors claim years of experience in home related services, but past related experience as a carpenter, plumber, electrician, real estate agent or builder alone doesn’t qualify someone to be a home inspector. Proper training is essential in order for a future inspector to understand how each home component works together. Furthermore, the ability to qualify the home’s condition in an organized manner is critical. Have you viewed a sample report? Does it include photo documentation? Do you understand the findings and where your decisions must be focused on? Can you completely understand the home inspection report?
When asking about home inspection fees, bear in mind one price should not fit all houses. The size, style and age of the property should all be part of the fee determination (old, large houses should take longer to inspect than small newer ones.)
Be aware: Some home inspection companies state their fees “one price for all inspections” however, these “low” fees are based on the inspector completing an on the-spot checklist type report. This type of report may enable the inspection process to be completed quickly but may be confusing and usually contains a minimum amount of useful information.
What kind of inspection report do you get from a low cost home inspector who utilizes a
handwritten report sheet with barely legible comments? Do you think you can gather the same detailed conclusions from a report that lacked inspection photos? Does the finished report that you receive depict a true visual inspection of the readily accessible areas that must be inspected?