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Questions to Ask Home Inspectors

Before purchasing you home, it is wise to ispect the property. These questions cover some of the basic topics you should understand.

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VA Loan Home Inspection Questions

1. What does your inspection cover?

  • The inspector should ensure that their inspection and inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in your state.
  • Know your inspectors standard of practice and code of ethics. Ask for these before the date of your inspection so you can have all your questions answered before you are charged for the inspection.

2. How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?

  • The inspector should be able to provide his/her history and accomplishments.
  • Ask for referrals to make sure the inspector's history is legitimate.
  • Newer inspectors can be very qualified, and many work with a partner or have access to more experienced inspectors to assist them in the inspection

3. Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?

  • Some inspectors may be experienced in other fields, such as construction or engineering. Although this training is helpful, home inspection is unique and cannot be substituted.

4. Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?

  • Some inspectors and regulations allow the inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered in the inspection. Other associations and regulations strictly forbid this as a conflict of interest. Make sure to research this before you choose an inspector.

5. How long will the inspection take?

  • The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is two to three hours; anything less than this may result in a insufficient inspection.

6. How much will it cost?

  • Costs will vary depending on the region size, the age of the house, the scope of the services, and other factors.
  • A typical range might be $300-$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Cost does not always reflect quality so make sure to know what your getting for your money.

7. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?

  • Ask to see samples and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector's reporting style and if the time taken will fulfill your needs.
  • Most inspectors provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection.

8. Will I be able to attend the inspection?

  • Yes, if the inspector does not allow you to observe the inspection this should raise a serious red flag. Never pass up the opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.

9. Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?

  • There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their membership ID and ask them whatever questions you think are appropriate.

10. Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your professional education up to date?

  • Learning is a continuing process and if the inspector is dedicated to continue learning, this is a good sign. This way you know that your inspector is up to date in their profession and will therefore give you a better overall inspection.