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Home Inspector

Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Home Inspection Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Home Inspector, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Home Inspector commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Home Inspector? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Home Inspection Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Home Inspector - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Home Inspection Service at a fair price?Find a Home Inspector that (i) has recently provided good work to someone you trust and (ii) passes a background services screening test. Compile a COMPLETE, detailed list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have the Home Inspector prepare a "not to exceed" estimate. Agree on the final price, sign a complete written agreement (see below) before any work begins.
What should I expect to pay for Home Inspection Service?Most Home Inspection Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Home Inspector ranges from $27 to $41. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Home Inspector.
Do I need to use a licensed Home Inspector for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?You should use a licensed Home Inspector for any work that exceeds $500. To check a Home Inspector's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to check license status and history by the name of the business or individual.
Should I use an insured Home Inspector for my project?Insurance is usually not required for or needed for Home Inspection Service.
Does my Home Inspector need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Home Inspection Service.

Home Inspector - Services

A Home Inspector can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Home Inspection Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Home Inspector - Finding and Hiring

Not every Home Inspector has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Home Inspector matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Home Inspector to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Home Inspector - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Home Inspector. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Home Inspector. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Home Inspector's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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