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#396153 - 12/04/11 10:20 AM Re: How do you choose your Home Inspector [Re: Sindan]
Inspectorjeff Offline

Registered: 08/31/06
Posts: 80
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
Sending your clients to the ASHI site (or any other association site for that matter) is a disservice IMHO. You may as well send them to Craigslist or the Yellow Pages.

As experienced agents, you should have a list, and only be referring the most experienced, thorough and accurate inspector(s) in your area, regardless of their affiliation.

Of course the "fear" is that the agent will be drawn into a lawsuit for negligent referral in the event that the inspector is sued by the client for an error and/or omission. But the fact is, qualified inspectors carry insurance that (in most cases) provides agent indemnification. In other words, we take responsibility for our own mistakes.

I find it strange that some agents will gladly refer specific lenders, escrow companies, contractors, appraisers, etc., etc., but when it comes to perhaps the most crucial aspect of the transaction, they will leave their inexperienced client(s) to choose their own home inspector.

Agents who refer me know they don't need to "hold hands" with the client through the inspection - that's my job. No matter how "bad" the house may be, the client won't be afraid, they will be informed.
If your inspector is not using thermal imaging, you're not getting the whole picture. �

Jeff Pope
JPI Home Inspection Service
Santa Clarita CA
(661) 212-0738

#408295 - 06/08/12 10:10 PM Re: How do you choose your Home Inspector [Re: Sindan]
tripropertymgr Offline
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Registered: 06/08/12
Posts: 3
Loc: US
Referrals from those you know will help you, from those they previously provided service to. This shows their reputation.

#413584 - 09/28/12 12:08 PM Re: How do you choose your Home Inspector [Re: Sindan]
Musa Opondo Offline

Registered: 09/24/12
Posts: 210
Loc: USA

I would advice you to find out if the inspector is covered by errors and omissions insurance and general liability insurance?

It is to your advantage that your inspector has this coverage. Do not be afraid to ask for a copy of the policies.

Also ensure the inspector is affiliated with an organizations?

There are many local, state, and national organizations that an inspector can join as well as many franchises that an inspector can purchase. However, membership in any organization does not guarantee a quality inspector. In the end, the individual inspector's experience and knowledge will determine the quality of the inspection.

#416042 - 11/24/12 10:04 PM Re: How do you choose your Home Inspector [Re: Sindan]
cartert Offline

Registered: 04/14/12
Posts: 157
Loc: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canad...
I look for someone who gives a thorough detailed report, but not someone who's going to blow regular "wear and tear" out of the water and turn it into a giant issue, especially if they're inspecting an older home.

Inspectors and clients both need to know that every house is man made and no house is going to be absolutely perfect. Not even a brand new one. As long as they look for major issues and are honest and upfront about those issues, that's what's important to me.

#416138 - 11/27/12 11:57 AM Re: How do you choose your Home Inspector [Re: Sindan]
Jim Boad Offline

Registered: 08/02/07
Posts: 185
Loc: Seattle/San Diego
A good inspector is very important and can really help out or can really hurt a deal. I believe they are very important and some just need to learn how to present the facts and not so much opinion.

#421293 - 03/08/13 09:15 AM Re: How do you choose your Home Inspector [Re: Sindan]
Financialfergy Offline

Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 15
Loc: Toronto
A quality home inspection can literally be the difference between success and total financial failure. Those are some really good questions.

1. How did you choose the inspectors you refer? All my referrals are based on a working relationship or word of mouth from trusted associates. I will not refer someone who I or a close affiliate has not directly worked with.

2. How many do you refer to? I usually use 1 or 2 inspectors for my properties.

3. What do those inspectors do that you like? They need to be up-to-date on the current technology (infrared, etc.) as well as building codes, etc. They need to ask questions and provide a detailed report when done. I also expect my inspectors to be reachable afterwards if myself or my clients have any questions.

4. What questions should I ask? How long have you been doing this? What did you do prior? What have you done recently to improve your knowledge? Most importantly, you need to see references from clients.

If you would like to find out more about home inspectors and become introduced to a few I have worked with please go to:


#432597 - 02/03/14 06:47 PM Re: How do you choose your Home Inspector [Re: Sindan]
Agent 002 Offline

Registered: 07/30/13
Posts: 34
Loc: BC
I get home inspectors from an in office referral. I ask around and get personal experiences from other Realtor's.
Langley Real Estate Listings

#432682 - 02/05/14 11:47 AM Re: How do you choose your Home Inspector [Re: Agent 002]
InspectorMatt Offline

Registered: 02/05/14
Posts: 10
Loc: ohio
Its my opinion that how an inspector communicates with the buyers is extremely important. As an inspector, how I describe what I find is one of the most important aspects of my job. I can turn a minor issue into a full blown problem. All homes have normal maintenance issues and its imperative to communicate that to my clients. I'm certified, insured and experienced but all that means nothing if I cant help my clients understand whats really going on with the home.

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