Frequently Asked Questions About Home Inspections
Top five questions to ask a home inspector:
1. Are you licensed and insured in New York?
Home inspectors are required by law to be licensed and insured in order to perform inspection services in New York. Not only does the licensing require education and testing to complete but the State also runs thorough criminal background checks on all home inspector applicants. In addition to licensing, ask where they received their education, what inspection organizations they are affiliated with, and additional education and professional backgrounds. There is no substitution for NYS Licenses. Check licenses numbers here.
Mountain Valley Inspections is 16000062359. Mountain Valley Inspections, the principal inspector is Salvatore Marano.
2. How long will you be on site for?
A quality home inspection should be a thorough process. It's in your best interest that an inspection takes over an hour to complete. Home inspections should be about 2-3 hours. In addition, reports should not be rendered on-site. A quality inspector will take their time to review pictures, notes, and observations made during the inspection and compile a multiple page document. NYS dictates what should be included in the report. A report rendered on-site is not beneficial to the client and may not be meeting NYS requirements.
3. What's your background?
Although NYS requires home inspectors to be educated and pass a test, not all home inspectors have actual experience in the construction, electrical, plumbing, etc. fields. Having an inspector who has been part of the home building process is an essential attribute of quality inspection.
4. Where can I see your reviews/testimonials?
Make sure to check out an inspector's reviews on sites like Google. Yelp, etc. Several reviews with an above-average score can be a good indication of their reputation.
5. What type of report do you provide?
You're making big decisions based on a home inspection report. The report should be thorough, easy to understand and help navigate you through this big decision. You'll want to know: Does the report contain a write-up on important components of the home? Will I get a digital copy? Does it include color photographs? Do you use a combination of a checklist and narrative format so I can understand all the major components of my home? Will you take the time to explain anything that I don't understand?