Make sure you work with a company employing a contract which specifies both what is offered and what limitations apply. Some "warranties" offer little coverage. Read them carefully.
Many people without specific home inspection credentials offer services. Likewise, credentials are not always what they seem. Engineering and architectural credentials alone do not prepare anyone to competently inspect homes communicate the findings. A helping attitude, good communication skills, and mature judgement must supplement technical competence. The industry's most exhaustive training is available via TLC (Training Learning Certification, Inc.), which is the primary supplier of HomePro training materials, publications and products. HomePro training materials, coupled with The Homebook® reporting system helps ensure that clients get the highest quality service.
Define the Scope of the Inspection:
Knowing what areas of a house will and will not be inspected is important in choosing a quality home inspector. Below is a good list, though not exhaustive, of areas a quality home inspector will check.
- Traverse roofs, attics, & crawl spaces
- Open electrical distribution panels
- Check furnace heat exchangers and heat pump elements
- Check for visual evidence of toxic substances
- Operate installed appliances and equipment
- Report visual evidence of basement/crawl space water problems