How to Hire a Home Inspector
Updated: Jan 28
Congratulations! After endlessly scrolling through Zillow, and attending countless showings and open houses, you finally had your offer accepted on your dream home. The next step is to have the home inspected, if that is part of your contract. This can sometimes be tricky. The internet is filled with people who claim to be "home inspectors", but are actually not qualified to perform this service. So, what do you look for, and where do you look?
Look for the inspector's credentials. Many reputable home inspectors are members of an organization that certifies them to perform home inspections. Typically, that organization will be either InterNACHI, or ASHI, though others exist. Inspector Bradget is certified by InterNACHI, or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. My certification number is NACHI19112903, and my certification can be verified any time by visiting www.nachi.org/verify and entering my certification number.
Secondly, make sure to ask if the inspector is insured. In Pennsylvania, home inspectors are required to carry a general liability policy, as well as errors and omissions. If you interview a home inspector who is not insured, this is a red flag, as they would not be permitted to operate in the state of Pennsylvania. In this case, you should look elsewhere. Inspector Bradget is fully insured.
Third, verify that the inspector is certified to perform all of the services that he/she is offering. A home inspector certification is not sufficient to perform radon testing, or to inspect your roof using a drone. Ask for their Pennsylvania DEP credentials for radon, or for their 107 certification if they will be using a drone. This ensures that these services are being performed for you in the correct way.
So How Do You Find a Home Inspector?
There are three primary ways to locate a home inspector near you:
Ask your realtor for a referral. Many realtors partner with reputable home inspectors, and yours will likely be able to offer you a few recommendations. Just be sure to vet these inspectors, using the criteria above.
You could also visit www.nachi.org/findaninspector. You would simply enter the address of the home where you need an inspection, and the website will show you a list of certified home inspectors in your area. An advantage here is that every inspector listed on this site is currently certified as a home inspector, so you would not need to ask the inspector for their credentials when calling.
Lastly, oftentimes a simple google search for local home inspectors will yield a list of nearby home inspectors. If using this method, be sure to vet any inspector you contact using the criteria above.
I hope this information helps you in your search for a home inspector. Thanks for reading!