Hiring a Home Inspector
a good home inspector to evaluate & report on possibly your
largest investment can literally be a minefield in terms of “who
do I hire?”
importance of hiring a good Home Inspector cannot be emphasised
enough, check out these clients who didn’t and how they have now
been literally left with a money pit!
this could have been avoided if they had hired an educated &
professional Home Inspector, one with experience, education &
not to mention a Realtor with integrity – one who actually cares
about the client’s best interests instead of the ‘huge’
commission fee being his or her primary factor!
Ethically, morally, being transparent, open & honest, your
chosen Realtor should be offering you the choice of several
licensed Home Inspectors, with absolutely no influence from the
Realtor placed on any one particular inspector.
have the details of these several inspectors - do your homework,
check reviews, use Google – gather as much information as you
can to help you make an informed decision on which Inspector to
realtor suggests their ‘one and only’ inspector, or the details
of just one, I would strongly suggest at this point you decline
their offer & choose independently. From that point on, watch
your realtor like a hawk & question everything!
independently is by far the safest & best way forward when
looking to hire a home inspector. It is currently the only way
you can be sure 100% that you're getting an unbiased, totally
independent Inspection and report - free of all influences as to
the property you're considering to purchase.
following guide to help you – its FREE - regardless of whether
you hire us or not!
have nothing to lose and everything to gain, it has the
potential to save you thousands of dollars!
Hiring a Home Inspector in
1/. Having chosen your
Home Inspector, make sure he/she presents you with a legible 'home Inspection contract'
the Home Inspection commences. Question anything you're unsure
of - pay particular attention to the liability get-outs,
exclusions & small print.
3/. Ask if he or she will
be 'personally' carrying out the Home Inspection - if not, make
sure the person or contractor carrying out the Inspection is
named in the 'Home Inspection' contract, listing their business
and Home Inspector licence details - be sure to check they're
insured and bonded too!
4/. If they're using a
contractor to carry out the Inspection, the person/s named in
the contract, ask if Home Inspection
is their full or part time occupation, would you really want
your largest investment inspected by a part time fireman, police
officer, labourer, butcher or a cleaner? These are in abundance
on a part time basis within Calgary - having completed a 90 day
course - yet have no actual skills, trade certification or
residential experience whatsoever!
To give you a better example, it takes 2 years to become a
stylist within Alberta - it takes less than 3 months to become a
Home Inspector - even sooner if you retain information well,
you're then deemed competent by Service Alberta to Inspect and
write reports on $200,000.00 transactions - upwards!
Be sure to ask about your
chosen Home Inspectors credentials, experience & any trade
certification they may have.
5/. If the Home Inspection
business is using contractors, ask about liability should
anything go wrong? Will the main Home Inspection business listen
to your concerns & address them? Or will they just leave you to
chase the sub-contractor who then never answers his/her phone,
or the infamous recording: "I'm out of the office at the moment,
leave your details and I'll get back to you."
6/. Ask how long the
Inspection will take, as a guide a 2,350 Sq ft 2 story home
should take no less than 4 to 5 hours if done properly. Anything
under 4 hours Minimum - be very wary & question.
7/. Ask how many Home
Inspections they complete in a day, if more than one - this
should ring alarm bells. As any professional Home Inspector will
tell you, its virtually impossible to complete any more than one
in a day - "properly" that is.
8/. Ask to the see a copy
of their business licence and Home Inspector's licence - does
the information correspond? Does the information & details match what the
company/person/s carrying out the inspection says in the contract?
9/. Having chosen your
Inspector, ask lots of questions, especially about the
components to do with the construction, heating, structure, roof & electrical
etc... and then ask them to describe the role they play within the system.
10/. Ask family & friends
11/. Use Google to search
for Home Inspectors, check out their reviews etc.... obviously
be aware of reviews written by Realtors about just one Home
Inspector - or company - especially if there is more than 5
written about the same Inspector/company, its pretty obvious
what is taking place there..
Finally, see what our
client's are saying:
Take the advice from
Barbara Corcoran about hiring independently, given her huge
success It's fair to say she's
worth listening too!
of the same advice from the BBB ( Better Business Bureau )
Hear what professional Home Inspector Bruce McClure has to say,
and his suggestions, calling for change & his campaign in Ottawa
- hopefully nationally, & all to benefit the client & Home
Inspection industry no end - Alberta is in desperate need of
Check out the clause 4:3
at 9:38 'Realtors conflict of interest' What a
"It makes so
much sense to hire independently on possibly your largest
Here is a printable
version of our safety tips when you're looking to a hire a Home
Should you have any
questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
G M Rose - CMI