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If you have questions in addition to the 10 listed below, please type them in the comments section at the bottom of this page and we will address those as well. Make sure to include a return email address in the comments section in order that we can respond to you.</font></font> <br>&nbsp; <p><b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>1. What does your inspection cover?&nbsp;</font></font></b> <p><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>The inspector should ensure that their inspection and inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in your state if applicable and will comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics. You should be able to request and see a copy of these items ahead of time and ask any questions you may have. If there are any areas you want to make sure are inspected, be sure to identify them upfront.</font></font> <br>&nbsp; <p><b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>2. How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?&nbsp;</font></font></b> <p><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>The inspector should be able to provide his or her history in the profession and perhaps even a few names as referrals. Newer inspectors can be very qualified, and many work with a partner or have access to more experienced inspectors to assist them in the inspection.</font></font> <br>&nbsp; <p><b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>3. Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?&nbsp;</font></font></b> <p><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>Related experience in construction or engineering is helpful, but is no substitute for training and experience in the unique discipline of home inspection. If the inspection is for a commercial property, then this should be asked about as well.</font></font> <br>&nbsp; <p><b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>4. Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?&nbsp;</font></font></b> <p><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>Some inspector associations and state regulations allow the inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered in the inspection. Other associations and regulations strictly forbid this as a conflict of interest.</font></font> <br>&nbsp; <p><b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>5. How long will the inspection take?&nbsp;</font></font></b> <p><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is 1 to 3 hours depending on the condition and size of the property. Anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. Additional inspectors may be brought in for very large properties and buildings.</font></font> <br>&nbsp; <p><b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>6. How much will it cost?&nbsp;</font></font></b> <p><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>Costs vary dramatically, depending on the level and type of inspection, the property floor area, property geographical location and the inspector s qualifications. A typical range might be $225 $500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Inspection cost does not necessarily reflect quality.</font></font> <br>&nbsp; <p><b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>7. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?&nbsp;</font></font></b> <p><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>Ask to see samples and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector's reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs. Most inspectors provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection.</font></font> <br>&nbsp; <p><b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>8. Will I be able to attend the inspection?&nbsp;</font></font></b> <p><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector's refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.</font></font> <br>&nbsp; <p><b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>9. Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?&nbsp;</font></font></b> <p><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.</font></font> <br>&nbsp; <p><b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>10. Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?&nbsp;</font></font></b> <p><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font size=-1>One can never know it all, and the inspector's commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his or her professionalism and service to the consumer. 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