Finding a Good Home Inspector

Finding a good home inspector can be tough. A home inspector should be a member of either ASHI and InterNACHI, the major home inspection organizations.

The reasons you need to find a good home inspector.

After several weeks of house hunting, the young couple came across a quaint Dutch Colonial on a shady street. Because it was built in the 1940s, the couple thought it would be wise to have the house looked over by a home inspector.

They contacted a person through their realtor and a few days later, the home inspector showed up at the Dutch Colonial, tape measure and flashlight in hand. After spending a couple hours both inside and outside the house, the inspector gave a fairly glowing review of the dwelling.

Later that day, the couple made bid and within a few weeks, found themselves owning the house.

That’s when a contractor who was a friend of the couple got the call.

After the first heavy rains, the couple found that their basement had leakage and that their sewers were backing up. They had also discovered that there was minimal insulation in the attic.

These were flaws that the home inspector should have easily caught during his examination of the house, said their contractor friend.

In the basement, there were some sure signs of a water seepage problem. There as a musty smell and water damage to things such as paneling. And the home inspector could have run water through the sewer to see how well it worked.

Checking for insulation in the attic was also a real no brainer.

But the person conducting the home inspection went through the job too quickly. With the recent boom in sales of existing homes, many homeowners may not be getting the best reports they can from home inspectors.

People are being taken in some cases, say home industry experts.

Are home inspectors licensed or regulated? In most cases, no.

The problem is that most home inspectors are not licensed or regulated. Some of those home inspectors may not be qualified.

But there are ways of finding a qualified home inspector.

First, look someone who has been in the home building business for a long time. Second check to see if the inspector was a home remodeler or building contractor. Also, make sure that inspector is using a proper set of forms to go through everything in the home completely.

While a home inspector can’t see through walls, there are signs that there could be a potential problem with a home.

There are certain areas a home inspector should inspect.

The most important things to inspect.

The most important things to cover are the site’s grade, the basement, the attic, the sewer system and the roof. If the grade is a problem, water and rain will drain toward the house instead of away. Basements should be checked for water infiltration.

Inspecting the electrical panel during a home inspection

A good home inspector will also check out the attic to look at the insulation. The inspector will also check the roof boards to see if there are any leaks.

Also, a good inspector will check the roof itself – especially the flashing around the chimney and the fireplace. But the inspection should not be using through binoculars from the street.

Finding a good home inspector at a minimum will also check out the home’s exterior site. The inspector should also check the building foundation, the outside walls, the roof’s support structure, the flashings and gutters, the insulation, the electrical system, the heating and central air system, the plumbing system, and the garage.

In older homes, the inspector should check the sewer system. Big trees that have roots will seek water and get into the sewer and block it up. That’s a horrible problem to have.

Highlighting any potential problems not only saves a homeowner frustration after moving into a home, but also can give them more negotiating power when trying to purchase the home. It may also help a homeowner decide against purchasing a home.

Inspecting a home boiler system during a home inspection

By: Jim Sulski

Here are some other good home inspection articles: Home inspection basics, Reporting a home inspector, and don’t forget to keep a home maintenance checklist once you find the right home.