5 Tips to Help You Find a Home Inspector You Can Trust
In Utah, there are no licensing requirements for Home Inspectors, and unfortunately, Home Inspectors are the only party in a real estate transaction who are not regulated.
Without a state licensing program, virtually anyone can claim to be a home inspector. There are no minimum standards, no regulations, no background checks, no baseline for what an inspector is responsible for, and no discipline for violating state standards. To help protect you, here are 5 things to look for when hiring a Home Inspector.
5 Tips To Help You Find the Right Home Inspector
- The Walk-Through: Choose a home inspector that wants you to be at the inspection. Watch Dogs Utah wants you to come to the home inspection so we can walk you through the home and go over what we’ve found, educate you about the home and its systems, and leave time for you to ask questions to better understand any problems that may be present.
- Online Reviews: Reading online reviews from Google, Yelp, and Facebook allow you to get honest feedback that the home inspector does not control. Watch Dogs Home Inspectors Salt Lake City has many online reviews.
- Experience and Certifications: Ask questions about their experience and certifications. Questions like “How long has the inspector been in business? Have they taken specialized courses? Do they have experience in home building or have they been a contractor?” This allows you to know more about the home inspector to make sure they are qualified. Watch Dogs Home Inspectors has been in business since 2005 and has performed over 22,000 property inspections.
- National Certification: Ask if the inspector is a member of ASHI, NAHI, or InterNACHI. Unlike the State of Utah who has no licensing requirements for Home Inspectors, these National Organizations require testing and certifications to become a member. They also require continuing education to renew their certification. Watch Dogs Home Inspectors Utah is a member of InterNACHI https://www.nachi.org/code_of_ethics.htm and is also certified to test for mold, radon, and infrared.
- The Inspection Report: Ask for a sample report. This will let you know how thorough and concise their inspection report is. Does it clearly identify safety items, items that are reaching the end of their useful life, and items needing repair? Also, make sure photos of these items are included for easy identification. You can view a sample report from Watch Dogs at Get An Inspection
Watch Dogs Home Inspectors Utah is committed to providing outstanding home inspection services to residential and commercial customers. It is our goal to exceed our customers’ expectations for quality and service while paying close attention to each customers’ individual needs.
We make it easy by offering multiple services like radon, mold, methamphetamine, and infrared testing rather than having to work with a number of companies. With years of experience, we are able to provide valuable insight and quality reports that make your home buying experience as easy as possible.
We stand behind our work and are experts at what we do. We have the right tools and training to deliver on the promises we make. We start each job with the desire to do it right the first time, and if we fall short, we work equally hard to make it right. We always look for ways to improve our performance.
Make sure you protect your investment by getting a Home Inspection before purchasing your new home.