While most states require no formal licensing of home inspectors, reputable companies adhere to the rigid standards of practice established by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Many state inspection organizations (the California Real Estate Inspectors Association, the Florida Association of Building Inspectors, the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors, just to name a few) impose standards as well.
To help you choose a qualified company that will conduct a thorough inspection of your property and provide you with an objective report on the condition of your home, call several inspection companies and ask them the following questions:
Also ask if they offer other benefits (such as repair manuals, maintenance guides, continued availability to answer questions), and will they provide a refund if you are not satisfied with their work. When you receive sample reports, ensure that they are thorough, easy to understand, and narrative in format. How do they compare with reports sent by other companies? How do their fees compare with those quoted by competitors? Remember, you get what you pay for.
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