A Home Inspection is a very important part of the home buying process. Home inspections generally provide buyers with information about the property’s major systems including, although not limited to, heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems, foundation and structure, roof and flashing and possible environmental conditions affecting the property. Expect to receive a written report from the home inspector. Choosing a qualified inspector to perform the inspection can be a daunting task. Generally speaking, the following is a list of items that should be taken into account when choosing a Home Inspector:
- Ask the Home Inspection Company to provide proof of Errors and Omissions Insurance Coverage. Amounts of insurance coverage vary, so be sure to evaluate this item with the assistance of an insurance professional.
- Ask the Home Inspection Company to provide proof of General Liability Insurance Coverage. Again, coverage amounts vary, and should be evaluated with the assistance of an insurance professional.
- Obtain the name of any professional organizations the company or individual are members of and follow up with that organization.
- Ask the Home Inspection Company whether it is licensed by the state and/or local governmental authorities to conduct home inspections.
Below are links to websites for three professional associations of home inspectors with members in the Mid-Atlantic region*. You can easily search them for members in your area.
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors American Society of Home Inspectors National Association of Home Inspectors