Tuesday, August 14, 2012


What would you ask your home inspector?
As a home inspector, I can tell you that I appreciate a phone interview very much.  The questions that make the most sense to me regard:
  • Experience.  How long has the inspector been in business?  What did he do before becoming a home inspector? 
  • Methodology.  What does he do?  How does he do it?  Does he differ in any ways from other home inspectors out there?  What kinds of inspections are done?  Any cool tools?  What are the inspector's perceived strengths?
  • Qualifications.  Most states have requirements, but even if a state doesn't - are there any relevant associations, awards, qualifying entities associated with the inspector?  Is the inspector involved with continuing education?
  • Final product.  What do buyers get for their money?  How is the final product conveyed?
  • Post-inspection counseling.  This is crucially important!  I want to be the go-to guy after the inspection when there are questions, or my clients want to do repairs, remodeling or whatever!
  • Can he speak the language well enough to educate?  If not, the final report is likely to be just as weak as his speech.
  • Pricing.  Certainly that is a consideration.  But what do you get for your money?
  • Any personal experiences the buyer feels are important!  Life experience is a cruel, yet effective, teacher!  Don't be afraid to bring up past experiences.  They count for a lot.
The best way to choose a home inspector is to seek recommendations and have a look at the company website, and if you like what you see there give the company, or individual, a call!  Recommendations can come from any trusted source - friends' experiences, family, consumer websites, other home inspectors, realtors, or other real estate professionals.  Have your questions lined up before any conversation.

Call The Mary Neilson Team for all your Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach, Estero and Bonita Beach real estate needs.  Foreclosure and short sale experienced. 

Direct:  239-243-5989   Email:  mary@maryneilson.com

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