Home inspections are rather standardized procedures, with each professional inspector trained to examine the same systems of a home and identify similar issues or needs for repair.  However, just because the process is consistent does not mean that you should settle for just any home inspector.  Choosing the right professional for you requires both time and research.  Each professional St. Louis home inspector is unique, and it is important to find one that best fits your needs.  In hiring your personal home inspector, here are three things to look for that will guarantee you find the right person for the job.

 

Appropriate Certification

The most logical place to start when searching for your perfect home inspector is to seek out any certifications that your potential inspector may have.  While Missouri does not have state regulations for home inspectors, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is the nation’s oldest and most well respected organization for these professionals.  Searching for home inspectors that are ASHI certified is great step in working to find a professional that will provide you with an accurate and thorough home inspection.

 

Extensive Experience

Experience should be the most important deciding factor in choosing a home inspector.  Like in any job, people only get more confident, reliable, and thorough with experience.  An inspector with ten years of experience is more likely to preform a more comprehensive, mistake-free examination than an individual who has entered the industry in the past year.  Most inspectors will have testimonials and qualifications listed on their websites, and this is a great place to start doing your research.  When speaking with potential inspectors, it is beneficial to ask about their background, the number of inspections they have completed, and the sort of report you can expect to receive from them.  Getting recommendations of good home inspectors from trusted friends or relatives is also a smart idea.

 

Local

There are many benefits to hiring a local home inspector as opposed to outsourcing one from a nearby community or larger urban center.  First and foremost, local inspectors will have more experience with homes similar to yours.  When getting an inspection it is beneficial to have an inspector that is familiar with homes of similar ages, designs, and materials, and the best way to ensure this is to hire locally.  When hiring locally, however, it is important to hire an inspector that is unaffiliated with your real estate company to avoid any conflicts of interest.

 

While home inspections are very similar, the home inspectors themselves certainly are not.  Researching professional inspectors to examine your new St. Louis home can be as important as the inspection itself.  By choosing a local inspector with extensive experience and the appropriate certifications, you are sure to have selected the right professional for the job.