Finding a good home inspector.
Even with so many home inspectors in Kansas City, it can be hard to find the right one. It’s no easy task, and I don’t envy you.
Here are some ideas (in no particular order) to help you find a better than average home inspector.
1. Ask your real estate agent. Really good agents want to work with really good inspectors. That’s generally par for the course. I know everyone talks about the ‘conflict of interest’, however that’s not necessarily the case. Good agents will want good inspectors to keep you from buying a bunch of headaches. Bottom line is; you want to work with people that want the best for you, and are working hard to take care of you.
2. Do they have a website? Most home inspectors have a website, and the majority of them are written by marketing companies. Not the inspector. This is a great way to bring in leads, but that doesn’t mean they can inspect. Read their website thoroughly, see if they fit what you are looking for. Read their blog if they have one, this will help you get a better understanding about who they are and what they do.
3. Ask your friends. If you have friends that used and inspector they liked, ask to see the report. Do you like what you read? Keep in mind though, they may not have done their homework and just happened to get a report they were confident with.
4. Does the inspector have a sample report? Good inspectors will have some reports posted on their website that you can use as an example of the type of work they produce. After you read it, does it contain the information you are looking for, with enough detail that you understand, but not written like a science paper. Since this report is what you are ultimately paying for, I think it’s a good idea to compare sample reports from the inspectors you are considering. It’s also a great place to start in doing your own research.
5. Call and talk directly to the inspector. Talking directly to the inspector is a great way to get a ‘feel’ for that person. I know it’s easiest to email, or text, but there is no replacement for actually talking to someone. If they are easy to get a hold of, then chances are they are going to responsive to your communication efforts. This goes for your agent also.
6. Qualifications. Does the inspector belong to a reputable Home Inspection Association? What credentials or certifications do they possess? Do they actually have building or remodeling experience? Remember, credentials and certifications can be earned on the internet fairly easily these days, so there is no replacement for actual experience in either building or maintaining a home. That’s why it’s best to call and talk with them. Offer up some questions and see how they answer.
I hope these tips help you in your search for a high quality inspector. The most important thing I would say is – do your research thoroughly.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.
Rod Collins – 816-585-2901
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