Finding a Qualified Professional
There are no federal regulation that govern home inspectors. Laws differ from state to state. Maryland is a state that requires a state home inspector license. Therefore it is important to interview your inspector or inspection company. Ask your inspector how long he has held his license and then visit state or association websites for verification. Many inspectors will jump into the field with no building background or experience, many have only classroom or internet training. Make sure you are hiring a professional with verifiable experience.
When looking for a home inspector, you are looking for a person to give his expert opinions, unbiased and truthful. You are hiring an inspector with certifications, training, equipment, expensive education and insurance, therefore adequate fees or rates should be expected.
Real Estate Agents may make a recommendation or give you a list of inspectors to choose from. Most of the time referrals from satisfied customers or word of mouth is of great consideration in your choice.
Make sure your inspector is licensed with their state. Your professional should maintain their certifications with minimum levels of experience and with continuing education credits. Your inspector should belong to national organizations, to keep up with the ever changing home markets.
A home inspection depends on the inspector’s expertise, equipment, work ethics and experience. I promise to give you my very best effort as I consider it an honor to inspect a home for a client.
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Why ASHI Certification Matters
ASHI members strive to uphold the Standards of Practice outlined by the organization so you can feel confident you are working with an ethical, qualifed professional.