The first question you want to ask your home inspector is what association does he/she belong to?
Home inspectors are not required to be licensed in the state of California and there is no governing agency. So home inspectors belong to home inspection associations, such as; C.R.E.I.A. (California Real Estate Inspection Association), A.S.H.I. (American Society of Home Inspectors), and N.A.C.H.I. (National Association of Certified Home Inspectors).
You want to confirm that your home inspector is an active member in good standing, meaning up-to-date on his educational requirements and membership dues. Each home inspection association has their own standards of practice and code of ethics; it is in your best interest to review these documents.
You want to confirm that:
- Your home inspector follows these rules and regulations set forth by the home inspection association.
- That the home inspector in question is the one that will be performing the inspection on your home.
Some home inspection companies have multiple inspectors with a range of education and experience.
Last but not least, you want to confirm that your home inspector holds the appropriate E&O insurance (errors and omissions) this will cover you if the home inspector makes a mistake that is detrimental to the value of the home. He/ she should also have General Liability insurance in case an accident should happen during the inspection.
Questions that may be asked about particular area of a prospective property include the following:
- Is it constructed properly?
- How is it performing?
- Is it safe?
- Does it meet minimum occupancy requirements?
- Is there something that client should know about this area or its related equipment?
- Is it close or at its life expectancy?
- After the inspector identifies all areas of concern, a contractor should determine possible code violations, necessary repairs and cost estimates.
Inspect A Home – Los Angeles County Home Inspection Services
Phone: (818) 263-5447