We have used home inspection services to help us select the right house for our family's future building. Have we ever thought about whether home inspection services offer quality home services? What characteristics are required for home inspection services to be qualified as skilled?
The right tools and equipment are essential for a reliable home inspections service. The materials they use will determine if the service is good or bad. You should expect them to have the following equipment: an electrical tester, a fuel gas/carbon monoxide detector, and inspection mirrors. They also need to have a torch, moisture meters, and torches. It is better to ask questions before you sign any agreement with someone if you notice they don't have the equipment.
Take the time to review their credentials. A licensed professional engineer (LPE), who conducts inspections, is a requirement for quality home inspectors. LPE often adds an LPE stamp to the report, which is provided to clients as proof of its reliability.
Ask about their affiliation. Affiliations that protect each member's integrity are a must for professionals. These professional affiliations include the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers, (NABIE), and the National Society of Professional Engineers, (NSPE). These professional trade committees have strict codes of conduct to ensure that each member is qualified to provide quality home inspection services.
Quality home inspection companies always give a written report to customers. These reports usually contain 25-30 pages of detailed comments that they make during a home inspection. These include roofs, walls, ceilings and heating, and cooling systems, plumbing, leakage, and strengthening the foundation. Your valuable time and money have been stolen if your home inspection company provided only a handful of pages in a checklist.