Before You Hire...
The Seven Most Important Things to Know Before Scheduling an Inspection
1. Hire an Inspector who will work for you and ONLY for you.
The home inspector’s duty is to act as an objective third party and provide accurate, pertinent information about the home so that his client, usually a buyer, can have a clear picture from which to make informed decisions. He should not try to influence the client against a property, but neither should he soft-peddle or minimize serious problems in an effort to “keep the deal together.” Be sure your inspector knows you are his client and is prepared to represent your interests exclusively.
2. Hire an experienced inspector with REAL credentials.
As a State Qualified General Contractor in FL License # CBC1252955, You can rest assured we did not get licensed over a weekend.
3. Avoid “New Home Inspectors”
Ask your Inspector how long they have been licensed to inspect homes. Lets face it , if they have been recently licensed they are practicing on your most valuable asset. We have inspected over 2500 homes.
4. Don’t shop price only.
Money is tight for most people and especially so in the midst of buying a home. However, it is possible to be penny-wise and pound-foolish. It is difficult for an inexperienced new inspector to compete with established businesses. Because the rookie inspector is neither as experienced nor as well trained, bargain basement pricing is the only positive comparison he can make. But if you pay $100 less for an inspection that fails to disclose serious problems, did you really save $100? The low-priced inspection is likely being offered by an inexperienced inspector and could cost you much, much more in the long run. Our pricing is fair and reasonable and is based on the real costs of operating this business properly, not based on trying to get our foot in the door.
5. Plan to attend your inspection.
There is no doubt that your home inspection would proceed more quickly without your presence. As a result, some inspectors will tell you it is not important for you to attend. We disagree. You will get much more benefit from the inspection if you are present. You are able to see first-hand the concerns identified in the report and you can ask questions to be sure you fully understand the implications. The inspector can show you how to operate systems and explain anything that is unusual. If at all possible, be there.
6. Hire a good communicator.
Unless you are fairly knowledgeable about houses and their systems, there are likely to be things that should be explained to you. Some inspectors, while technically well-trained, are either not willing or not able to explain things in a way that makes sense to you. You cannot make good use of the information in a home inspection if you do not understand it. Be sure your inspector is willing and able to communicate information to you.
7. Be sure the report will be specific and informative.
Consider the following example: “There may be rot in some of the windows and/or window trim. See the window in the southeast bedroom for an example of this concern.” Believe it or not, there are inspection reports that use just that kind of intentionally vague language. By generalizing, the inspector has freed himself from inspecting any of the other windows. He has told you there may be rot in one window, or in twenty, and left it up to you to determine which is the case. So the inspector is protected, which is good for him, but it is not good for you. At A Handy Home Inspection, we always put the interests of our clients first. We write a report that is concise, easy to understand and as specific as it needs to be for you to gain a clear understanding.
Inspection Agreement and SOP (Standards of Practice)
Thank you for choosing A Handy Home Inspector.
Attached is our Inspection Agreement and our Standards of Practice (SOP) therefore setting your level of expectation. Double click the links below.
CLICK LINK – Inspection Agreement with LOGO a handy HI 7-2015
CLICK LINK – SOP
Please review as you will be asked to accept this Agreement upon delivery of your Home Inspection report.
A Fee schedule has been sent via our scheduler.
Upon delivery of report via email you will be asked to pay with your credit card, upon Payment and Agreement acceptance the report will than open for you and your real estate professional to view.
If you will be onsite we accept Cash, Check or Charge. 5% discount on cash purchases.