dreamstimeextrasmall 22102108Questions for potential Home Inspector: 

  • How long has the inspector been practicing home inspections (Showalter Property Consultants; Since 1988)

  • How many home inspections have they performed (Showalter Property Consultants; Over 15,000)
  • How long does their average inspection take (Showalter Property Consultants; 2.5-3.5 hours)
  • 1,000 square foot an hour as a loose rule of thumb (Showalter Property Consultants; Depends on the condition of the property)
  • Can the client accompany the inspector during the inspection (Showalter Property Consultants; We encourage the client to ask question and stay with us throughout the inspection (except for the roof))
  • When do you get the report (Showalter Property Consultants; Usually within 24-48 hours depending on the property)
  • What kind of report will you receive (Showalter Property Consultants; Narrative Report)
  • Computer generated checklist or narrative, a narrative report is more customized with more details for the client. (Showalter Property Consultants; We use a narrative reporting system)
  • Does the inspector carry insurance  (Showalter Property Consultants; Yes, General Liability and E&O insurance)
  • What credentials do they currently hold (Showalter Property Consultants; Link)
  • Are they a full member of ASHI or NACHI? Some inspector's may specialize in historic homes, new home construction inspections, log homes or other specialized needs. (Showalter Property Consultants; We hold the highest membership level in ASHI and NACHI)
  • Are they properly licensed as some states require (not applicable in all states) (Showalter Property Consultants; Yes Maryland State Home Inspector License #29634)
  • Does the home inspector maintain necessary continuing education (Showalter Property Consultants; to Meet the Maryland State, ASHI and NACHI requirements)
  • The fee for the inspection (Showalter Property Consultants; Don't base your decision on the low bid, base it on their experience) 
  • Does the Home Inspector have any interest in the property to be inspected (Showalter Property Consultants; We will promptly disclosure and history or knowledge of any home we are inspecting and will not inspect any property we deem as a conflict)
  • Does the Home Inspector know the owners of the property to be inspected (Showalter Property Consultants; We will promptly disclosure and history or knowledge of any home we are inspecting and will not inspect any property we deem as a conflict)
  • The client should interview any potential home inspector to verified they are qualified to perform a proper home inspection. The Inspector's qualifications should include hands on experience in construction or architecture and a true understanding of the structure and components. (Showalter Property Consultants; Link)