Choosing An Inspector

Ask your friends
If you have friends who have bought or sold a home recently, ask them if their inspector did a good job, and whether or not they'd hire that person again.

Ask your real estate agent
Agents deal with home inspectors every day, so they know who the good ones are.

Ask how long your home inspector has been in business

Check for professional memberships, licenses, and on-going training.

Credentialing varies from state to state, so ask about experience, continuing education, and whether or not your inspector has membership in American Society of Home Inspectors.

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Review the written disclaimers that the home inspector will be using in his report as well as the proposed scope of the inspection. Make certain all areas that are important to you (crawl spaces? the roof? drainage?) will be covered.