That’s it- a one word answer for a very complicated situation. But the reality is that if you’re purchasing a re-sale home, it’s a very simple ‘yes’. A home inspection is completed in just a few hours and can save a ton of money, time, and grief down the road.
Any radon gas inspection worth his salt knows how vital it is to check out the roof thoroughly. It’s an important component of any good home inspection. In fact, the inspector who does his job properly looks at both the outside and inside of the roof.
What trade associations does he or she belong to and is he in good standing with them? What certificates does he or she have? A few organizations for home inspectors include the International Code Council, American Society of Home Inspectors, Independent Home Inspectors of North America, and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. Each state has organizations for home inspectors as well.
Since I never looked into these “newbie” organizations, I cannot say one way or the other how good they really are. I assume you are an astute enough user of the English language to detect the pejorative use of newbie.
Ask to see if they are a member of a reputable home inspection association. This will tell you if they are really committed to their craft. Usually members will have to take classes, training and testing as well as spend some of their own money to stay up to date on all the latest changes. If they are committed enough to spend their own time and money for this then usually they are interested in doing a good job not just collecting a paycheck. Make sure you research the association they belong to because some require nothing more than filling out the application to become a member.
Home inspectors do not have the time to install a light bulb to make sure a light fixture is working. Bulbs that are burned out will create an automatic note in the inspection report.
So look at your agent to really decide if your trust their recommendation. I know many of my clients were glad they did trust their agent and hired me.
The inspector you’re looking for needs to have an understanding of basic construction practices and mechanical systems. He should understand how buildings are constructed and how the systems work. A good inspector will have a talent for making observations which provide indications of problems or potential problems. This talent comes from years of experience in inspecting homes.