Did you know that home inspections are not regulated by the state? It's kinda scary to know any Joe Schmo could call themselves a home inspector and advice you on the biggest purchase of your life. (Even I could claim I'm a home inspector...I can't hammer a nail to save my life! Gotta protect my Lee Press-Ons). To ensure you get a qualified inspector, make sure:
- The guy (or gal) isn't some handy(wo)man moonlighting as an inspector. It's their full time job.
- To ask for a sample report. There should be TONS of clear photos peppered thru out the report! I'm shocked in this digital age some inspectors' reports just are narrative reports (aka no pix). It's lazy. It's from the last century. And you need pix in case you need to prove something in litigation down the line. Words can be mis-interpreted. A photo is worth a 1000 words...especially in court!
- They have some professional credentials. General contractors license? Member of ASHI?
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Chip Wade of HGTV