Good Home Inspectors Should Be Paid More

Home inspectors take on a lot of responsibility. Home buyers are looking to the home inspector to provide accurate information on the property that they are considering to purchase. With homes being well above $150,000 in many cases. It is hard to believe that some inspectors charge so little to be responsible for so much. It is harder to believe that some buyers will look for the cheapest most hard up inspector

A few years ago the average price for a home inspection was $320.00. However there are home inspectors out there that offer to do any size home for two hundred dollars. This is crazy. Obviously these low ball inspectors are new at the business or they expect to spend very little time actually inspecting the home ant writing the report. I thorough inspection should take at least two and a half hours to do. Plus the time it takes to write and finish up the inspection report.

I have read some of the marketing materials that other home inspectors put out. One claimed to have completed so many inspections in the past 3 years that I decided to do some math on it. I calculated that working at the home inspections 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, that this inspector spent on average 45 minutes at each house. If I was the home buyer I would certainly feel cheated if the inspector spent 45 minutes in the home and expected me to pay him $300.00.

When doing a home inspection sometimes the home seller is present. One home seller commented to the buyer that he appreciated that I was doing a detailed inspection. The seller stated that when he bought the place five years earlier that his inspector missed a lot of issues. His inspector spent only thirty minutes in the home and gave no report. I would have refused to pay that person for such a terrible job.

I asked the seller what the inspection fee was. He stated that he did not remember. I bet that he did remember. He was just too embarrassed that he paid so guy for far more than he was worth. The inspector was apparently a cheap one, Most sane people would refuse to pay a guy $320.00 for 30 minutes of work and no report.

If you want a good inspection then you need to find a home inspector that will take the time needed to do a thorough job. It takes time, effort and training to become skilled at home inspections. If you want a poor cheap inspection that is your choice and your risk. If you want an thorough, accurate inspection of the home you are buying then you need to expect to pay for that level of quality. Low priced inspectors give low quality inspections and spend little time inspecting the home. They are cheap for a reason.

Secrets On Finding A Great Home Inspector

If you’re getting ready to sell your home, it’s a good idea to find a home inspector to do a pre-listing home inspection. Once you’ve made that decision, you need to find a good home inspector to help you out. It’s not enough just to find a “good” home inspector, you need to find one that is great. Here are a few suggestions to help you out.

First, finding a great home inspector is similar to finding other reputable real estate professionals. Ask for a referral from your real estate agent and friends. Ask them who they would recommend. Ask friends, relatives, or colleagues who they have used in the past and if they had a good experience.

Next, check out the inspectors that you find online. You can start with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ashi.org). This is a non-profit group that screens home inspectors. To join, an inspector has to pass 2 home inspection exams and would have to have completed at least 50 home inspections. ASHI’s website allows you to enter your zip code to find a qualified inspector in your area.

Make a list of qualified inspectors in your area and the next thing to do is to call them. Call each one of the inspectors to find out how they conduct their inspections, what’s covered, how much they charge, and how long the inspection will take. These things are important.

A thorough inspection of a moderately sized property should take at least two hours. The inspection of the house should cover the complete interior of the house from basement to attic and include the exterior of the house. You want to make sure that you accompany the inspector during this inspection.

Check the credentials of your inspector. Make sure that they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Ask if they are a member of a professional group such as ASHI and ask them how much experience they actually have. Make sure that they are in compliance with all state laws, regulations, and procedures.

Pay attention to the inspector’s phone manner. Is he good on the phone? Is he courteous on the phone or does it seem like he is eager to get you off the phone? If he is rushing you, beware! He might just rush through your inspection.

Also, ask them about their home inspection reports. What kind of report is the inspector going to provide you at the end of the inspection? Does this report include photographs of potential problems? It should!

Last of all, ask the home inspector for at least three references and make sure you call these references. You want to make sure that others have had a good experience. Ask these references if they would use that home inspector again in the future.

Finding a good home inspector is important when you are getting ready to sell your home. But, it’s not that much harder to find a really great one. I hope these tips will help you find a great home inspector and good luck on selling your home!

Need to find a Home Inspector or Appraiser? Bypass your Agent and Locate one on your own

You looked around, talked to friends or acquaintances for recommendations, and found your real estate agent. You should do the same to locate your Appraiser and Home Inspector. It’s really not that hard or time consuming. You can usually find the right one in a matter of an hour or so of research and phone calls.

No matter how honest a real estate agent or broker is, few of them want to see a potential sale go south because of a low appraisal value or a home inspection report full of listed defects. One of the ways is for an agent to recommend an appraiser that will almost guarantee the sale price or a home inspector that isn’t very picky or does a very quick inspection. There are many, many good appraisers and home inspectors out there. However, for those that have an “in” with an agent that recommends them, they may be more than reluctant to give a bad report. No one wants to shoot the goose that lays the golden egg so to speak. An appraiser or inspector will feel a bit of loyalty towards that agent that recommended them, and may not have your interests fully in mind.

One of the ways to avoid this apparent conflict of interest is to find one on your own. There are many sources to locate a good appraiser or inspector. You can start by looking up 3 or more and calling and talking to them. Several sources include the internet, phone book, friends, etc. If you ask your agent for some, make sure it’s a long list and not just a hand picked few.

Have a list of questions handy. Ask about their experience, national or local professional affiliations, etc. Ask for references and/or copies of their work. Find one you feel comfortable with and that you feel you can trust. It’s hard to determine over the phone someone to trust, but if you do your homework and ask the right questions it will greatly increase your odds.

Another issue will be timing. Don’t wait until the last minute to try to find someone. That will reduce your chances of finding the right person, and you’ll end up hiring the first one that can just meet your schedule.

Try not to shop for the lowest bidder! This is probably one of the largest and longest investments you will ever make so this isn’t the time to become thrifty. Find someone in the middle of the road. Those that are low end of the spectrum tend to be either part-timers or very inexperienced. Those on the high end tend to be the more experienced inspectors or appraisers that don’t really want your work unless you are willing to pay through the nose for it and can meet their schedule.

Finding a home inspector or appraiser on your own will help to avoid any conflict of interest with your agent and will almost guarantee that you will have someone working in your own best interest.

Here are a few sources to locate a qualified home inspector.

In Wisconsin

Wisconsin Home Inspector Directory [HTTP://wisconsin-home-inspectors.com]

Wisconsin Appraiser Directory

National sites

NACHI Home Inspector Directory

Home Inspection USA Directory