Avoid the Blind Inspector
Distinctive Property Inspections
Was Your Last Home Inspector Blind?
Learn Seven Things You Must Know To Avoid Hiring The Wrong Home Inspector
1. Hire a Home Inspector with lots of experience:
The success of the business depends on exceeding your expectations for quality and professionalism each and every time and you just don’t get that level of service from “contractors or part time inspectors!” Also, it takes a full-time inspector hundreds and hundreds of inspections under close scrutiny by the owner to develop the eyes, ears and nose for hunting down problems. Part-time home inspectors simply don’t have the time in the field to develop that radar.
Be sure to ask how many inspections the inspector conducts annually and how many years he/she has been doing them. A quality full-time home inspector conducts between 300 and 400 inspections annually – blind inspectors conduct 50 to 100 inspections annually. Conducting 300-400 inspections each year requires extensive referrals, by prior clients, lenders, real estate agents and others — so there is a much greater chance the inspector is not blind!
* Distinctive Property Inspections performs 800-1000 inspections annually and has been for over 15 years.
* Distinctive Property Inspectors perform over 300 inspections per year; every report reviewed by the owner.
2. Education & Training
Being a contractor is very different from being a Professional Home Inspector. Home inspectors are responsible for evaluating all of the systems and components of the home — not just one aspect such as the foundation or the framing. To be able to provide a competent evaluation of all of these elements takes formal education and ongoing training.
Did the inspector attend one of the top home inspection schools and be properly mentored, or did he complete a correspondence course, or have his brother in law Bubba show him how to inspect? Is the inexperienced inspector going to be learning on your house?
Comprehensive, continuing education and training is a must!
* Distinctive Property Inspectors complete formal ASHI or Inter-NACHI training programs and are personally mentored by the owner with over 15 years of experience and who is a Certified Master Inspector, Certified Mold Inspector, and AARST Radon Certified. Our stringent quality control standards require that every inspection report and photo is reviewed by the owner prior to delivery. Our inspectors are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education annually.
While certifications are certainly important, it’s the combination of Experience, Education and Training that make the difference in the competency of your next home inspector. Certifications let the world know that the inspector can pass a test, not that he can inspect a home properly. We all know people who are certified for one thing or another that we wouldn’t hire under any circumstances.
*There is simply no substitute for experience and proper training. All inspectors with Distinctive Property Inspections are ASHI or InterNACHI certified.
* The owner and founder, John A Braddock, does not allow inspectors to perform inspections on their own until he is 100% confident in their knowledge and experience and in their ability to perform all aspects of the inspection including communication with the client.
4. Advanced Technology:
Buying a home is an extraordinary investment. So why would you want merely an ordinary inspection?
There is no reason to wonder if you’re getting the best inspection if the inspector is using cutting-edge technologies and the proper tools — such as Laser Thermometer, Combustible Gas Detector/CO Detector, Moisture Meter, Outlet Testers, State of the art Computersand Software, etc.
*Newer technology such as these will uncover “hidden” signs of damage and potential problems that might otherwise go undetected in an “ordinary” inspection.
5. The Inspection Report:
The top home inspectors in today’s business don’t produce handwritten reports. A professional inspector will provide at least a 40+ page comprehensive report with software specifically designed for the inspection industry and not some little 10-15 page scribble that you can’t read because he writes like your doctor. You should want the report to be written in plain English, not some “Techno Jargon”- that only the home inspector can understand.
The report should not contain a repair cost estimates. Inspector should NEVER make repairs or offer to make repairs at a later date. An inspector that offers to make repairs should always be avoided due to the conflict of interest inherent in that situation. All national home inspection associations forbid this lack of integrity and objectivity.
* Ask for a sample of an inspection report so you’ll know what you can expect for your time and money. After all, you are the client!
6. How Long Has The Inspection Company Been In Business?
Is the inspection company locally owned and operated or are they some far away faceless corporation” where no one is monitoring and evaluating the quality of their work? If you are dealing with a multi-inspector firm, how long has the inspection company been in business? Does the inspection company have dedicated employees serving as customer service representatives and automated scheduling to schedule appointments and provide any needed follow up assistance?
7. Ask To See What Other Home Buyers Have Said About The Inspector
Quality Professional Home Inspectors ask their client’s to complete comment cards upon completion of the inspection and sends an additional survey 60-90 days after the inspection. Distinctive Property Inspections wants our inspectors to know what they are doing right, as well as what might need improvement, because you can’t improve what you don’t measure. If the inspector can’t or won’t provide client referrals, he might be blind in more ways than one!
*Distinctive Property Inspections will gladly provide feedback from prior clients through our office or at www.DistinctivePropertyInspections.com