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You’ve got a contract pending, congratulations!

But now you need to choose an inspection company. How should you go about that process?

Not all home inspectors are created equally! The abilities and knowledge of home inspectors vary widely; choose carefully to get the best home inspection possible.

The key is to ask about the qualifications, background, experience, and tools of your inspector.

It’s best to leave the question of the home inspection fee for last, after you’ve asked all the questions below. Only then can you compare “inspection apples to inspection apples”.

Remember the old adage, “you get what you pay for”?

Consider these questions carefully before choosing your home inspector:

Question To Ask

At a Minimum

The Avalon Home Inspector Difference

Does the inspector utilize the latest in high-tech equipment during the course of every inspection? At a minimum, your home inspector should use temperature sensors, moisture meters, and infrared cameras during your inspection. However, some inspectors try to upsell the use of this type of equipment instead of making it a standard part of each service they perform. Avalon Home Inspections not only uses the latest equipment, but we consider our infrared cameras a STANDARD part of our toolbox, just like moisture meters, ladders, etc – we use them on every inspection! We’re also tireless in our yearly training so that you always have the latest information available.
Does the inspector come from a construction background? It’s great that your inspector is a nice person, but what did they do before inspecting homes? Do they bring a wealth of knowledge about the construction trades, building, or remodeling? Or did they attend a one day seminar to get “trained” in the business of home inspection? All Avalon Home inspectors have a strong background in construction, with an emphasis on resisdential construction. Each inspector goes through an extensive training process, and must complete many hours of continuing education.
Is the inspector a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or INTER-NACHI? This is critical! ASHI is the oldest, largest, and most respected organization for home inspectors in the country, maintaining the highest standards and ethics for home inspectors. If your inspector is ASHI Certified, you can be sure that they have passed rigorous testing (The National Home Inspectors Exam), and have completed all requirements for ASHI membership, which are extensive. You can even verify membership status at www.ASHI.org. The inspector may be a member of other organizations, but none have requirements as strict as ASHI. Don’t be fooled by those companies who claim to inspect to “ASHI standards” – if they aren’t a bona fide ASHI Avalon Home Inspector. We keep it simple, ALL Avalon Home inspectors are full ASHI or INTER-NACHI members!
How long has the inspector been in the inspection business, and how many inspections has he performed during this time? Longevity gives comfort that the inspector will be with you in the future as new needs and issues arise. But if he’s only done 20 inspections during his several years in business, that’s not good! Your needs are far too important to be a practice place for a part-time inspector. Avalon Home Inspections has been serving and satisfying customers in Metro Atlanta Georgia since 2003, completing literally thousands of home inspections!
Will your inspector walk on the roof, crawl in the crawlspace, go into the basement, and climb into the attic space (if applicable)? Your inspector should be capable and willing to go into places that must be seen to best protect you as the customer. While there are occassional times when those locations cannot be completely inspected, it is simply unacceptable for an inspector not to inspect those locations because he doesn’t want to, is scared of the dark, or is too ample to fit into those spaces! For our customers, Avalon Home inspectors go places where others fear to tread!
Does the completed report include photographs? Often, the report will contain descriptions of damage or defect in locations of the home that only the inspector was able to access, like roof-tops or crawl spaces. You will want pictures of these areas to make your understanding of the scope and location of the damage clear. It also makes repairs simpler to get estimated when a photograph is available. Avalon Home Inspections includes photographs as a standard part of each and every Inspection.
When will the completed report be delivered, and can it be emailed? Often the buying decision is time-critical, and you want to be sure you will receive your completed report in time to read, review, and respond. The best companies can deliver the report to you on site, right at the home, just as the inspection is completed. Some inspection companies make you wait for days for your report, but Avalon Home Inspections has same day reports.
Will the inspector allow you as the client to attend the inspection? There is no substitute for the complete inspection experience; the report generated is only a small piece. When you attend the inspection, see the process, ask questions, and become educated about your home, you’ll gain great comfort and confidence in your buying decision. Avalon Home Inspections ENCOURAGES all customers to come along on the inspection, and bring anyone extra they choose. We’ll go through the home with you, explaining everything in detail, answering all of your questions, and making sure you understand each item.
Does your inspector have experience in homes similar to the home you are having inspected? All homes have some features in common, but a brand new home has risks and issues that differ from an historic beauty built in 1950. Only someone who has walked the walk and crawled the crawl numerous times in similar homes can sleuth out those important items that are specific to your age, size, and type of home. Training and experience give Avalon Home inspectors insight about houses similar to yours, so they know what to look for and can readily compare your house and its systems with other houses of similar age and construction.