Salty Dog Inspection Services believes there are eight important questions you should have answered before you select your home inspector. If you have questions in addition to the 8 listed below, please type them in the comments section at the bottom of this page and we will address those as well. Make sure to include a return email address in the comments section in order that we can respond to you.
1. What does your inspection cover?
The inspector should ensure that their inspection and inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in your state if applicable and will comply with a well-recognized
InterNACHI Standards of Practice, the InterNACHI Code of Ethics.
You should be able to request and see a copy of these items ahead of time and ask any questions you may have. If there are any areas you want to make sure are inspected, be sure to identify them upfront.
2. Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
Some inspector associations and state regulations allow the inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered in the inspection. Other associations and regulations strictly forbid this as a conflict of interest. I am a proud member of InterNACHI and it is against our code of ethics and standards of practice to perform repairs or improvements. I can give recommendations though.
3. How long will the inspection take?
The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is 1 ½ to 4 hours depending on the condition and size of the property. Anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. Additional inspectors may be brought in for very large properties and buildings.
4. How much will it cost?
Costs vary dramatically, depending on the level and type of inspection, the property floor area and any ancillary services provided. A typical range might
be $300-$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Inspection cost does not necessarily reflect quality.
5. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
Most reports are filed within 1 to 2 days of the inspection.
6. Will I be able to attend the inspection?
This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector's refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
7. Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate. I am a proud member of InterNACHI.
8. Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?
Yes, I love learning. One can never know it all, and the inspector's commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer. This is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training.