What is a good inspector ?

The most important quality an inspector should have is his independence. His (or her) work should not be conditional to the transaction. The worst thing you can do is to hire a person referred to you by the real estate agent, unless, of course, you have an absolute confidence in them.

In addition to his integrity and objectivity, the inspector should have good knowledge of all building trades, codes, techniques, materials, etc. The inspector should have a practical as well as theoretical knowledge of constructions. Some well intentioned consumer organizations suggest you should do business with an architect or an engineer. A person of these professions is not automatically an inspector.

Choosing your inspector

Consult your family, friends and colleagues who have actually worked with a professional and with whom they are satisfied. Your decision should not be based and plain hear-say. You may also ask a lawyer or any professional that is not dependent on the transaction.
Before contacting an inspector, prepare a list of questions, such as the following:

  1. What is your experience in home inspections ?

  2. How long have you been in business ?

  3. How long does a normal home inspection last ?

  4. Can I be present during the inspection ?

  5. How much does it cost ?