How do I find a good home inspector in Philly?
7 tips for your quest to find a better than average home inspector:
- Ask your agent. A good agent will only work with professional and well qualified inspectors and will be able to give you a list of 2 or 3 to choose from. Agents probably have more experience working with home inspectors than anyone else you know.
- Inspectors in Pennsylvania are required to comply with the following:
- Be a full member in good standing of a national, not-for-profit home inspection association that requires 100-inspections for full membership. Such as ASHI and Pennsylvania Home Inspectors Coalition.
- Comply with that association’s code of conduct and education policy.
- Maintain errors and omissions, and general liability insurance coverage.
- Provide a copy of the report to the property seller, upon request.
- Not perform repairs on a house inspected within the last 12 months.
- Are they easy to contact and set-up an appointment with or do you have to jump through hoops? Will they be available to answer questions after the inspection, after settlement?
- Ask to see a sample report. Does it have the level of detail you are looking for?
- Ask friends that have had recent inspections done if they were satisfied with their inspector.
- Compare price but be careful, some inspectors quote a low price but do not inspect the roof or heater. Always ask if they climb the roof.
- Termite and Radon are always in addition to a general inspection. Find out whether they are qualified to also perform these inspections or if you need to hire separate contractors. My personal preference is to have these inspections outside of the general inspection – I feel the more eyes the better.
Understand there will almost always be issues found during your inspection, there is no such thing as a perfect house to a home inspector. In 11 years I only attended one inspection where the home inspector with 25 years experience remarked that the house was almost perfect.