Was Your Last Home Inspector Blind?
Learn Seven Things You Must
Know To Avoid Hiring
The Wrong Home Inspector!
1. Get a Home Inspector With Lots Of Experience:
It takes a full time inspector at least 50 inspections to start to develop the eyes, ears and nose for
hunting down problems. Part-time home inspectors simply don’t have the time in the field to develop that radar. Be sure to ask how many inspections the inspector conducts annually and
how many years he/she has been doing them. A quality full time home inspector conducts
between 200 and 400 inspections annually - blind inspectors conduct 50 to 100 inspections
annually. Conducting 200-400 inspections each year requires extensive referrals, by prior
clients, lenders, real estate agents and others -- so there is a much greater chance the inspector is
(Affordable Home & Building Inspections conducts
200-300 inspections annually). We have an extensive referral network of clients.
2. Education & Training:
Being a contractor is very different from being a Professional Home Inspector. Home Inspectors
are responsible for evaluating all of the systems and components of the home -- not just one
aspect, like the brick or the framing. To be able to provide a competent evaluation of
all of these elements takes formal education and training. Or, did he complete a
correspondence course, or worse have his brother-in-law, Bubba show him how to inspect?
Upon completion of the inspector’s formal education did he complete a comprehensive training
program where he completed 40 to 50 home inspections with a seasoned professional in the field? Or did the inspector learn on the job at the Buyers expense? Engineering and technology
in today’s home is becoming more sophisticated all the time. Comprehensive continuing education and training is a must!
Affordable Home & Building Inspections have CE requirements that meet NACHI & NAHI
high standards. Over 20 Years of combined experience.
Degree - Applied Science in Electronic Engineering.
Owner/Operator- Architectural Design & Construction Company 12 years.
National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) #03080209
National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) CRI #19641
Radon- State Certified #2255
Pennsylvania Septage Management (PSMA) Septic Certification #747
While certifications are certainly important, it’s the combination of Experience, Education and Training that make the difference in the competency of your next home inspector. Certifications
let the world know that the inspector can pass a test not that he can inspect a home properly. We
all know people who are certified for one thing or another that we wouldn’t hire under any circumstances. There is simply no substitute for experience and proper training.
(Affordable Home & Building Inspections – extensive training and experience)
PCCA - PA Construction Code Academy course in Residential Plumbing & Mechanical
Inspections Certified Well Water Inspector - CMI Courses Certified Commercial Inspector - CMI Courses
ProLab - Mold certification course
PA State Compliant
30 to 50 hours annually – Training, courses & CE credits
4. The Inspection Report:
The top home inspectors in today’s business don’t produce handwritten reports. A professional inspector will provide a combination checklist/narrative report. The report should provide
“Summary Pages” with specific categories like roof, exterior, structure, electrical, plumbing,
heat/AC, Insulation and exterior. The report should not contain repair costs or action plans for repairs. Professional home inspectors inspect -- they don’t repair! An inspector that makes repairs should always be avoided due to the conflict of interest inherent in that situation.
(Affordable Home & Building Inspections has designed their own reports for the Pocono, PA
area) We know where to look and what to look for…
5. How Long Has The Inspection Company Been In Business?
Is the inspection company locally owned and operated or are they some far away faceless
corporation where no one is monitoring and evaluating the quality of their work? If you are
dealing with a multi inspector firm, how long has the inspection company been in business?
Does the inspection company have dedicated employees serving as customer service
representatives to schedule appointments and provide any needed follow up assistance?
(Affordable Home & Building Inspections is a locally owned company)
We pride our selves on customer service. We believe the client comes first! No one works
harder for their clients!
6. Ask To See What Other Home Buyers Have Said About The Inspector:
Quality Professional Home Inspectors ask their client’s to complete comment cards upon completion of the inspection. Professional Inspectors want to know what they are doing right, as
well as what might need improvement. If the inspector can’t or won’t provide client referrals, he
might be blind in more ways than one!
(Affordable Home & Building Inspections clients gladly provide their
feedback on our Inspection/Inspector and we’ll be glad to share it with you.)
7. Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make. This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection:
The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the home being inspected. The additional cost of hiring a certified inspector is almost insignificant.
As a homebuyer, you have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, shopping for mortgages and trying to get the best deals. Do not stop now. Call us NOW! 570-470-9410
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