…and have proof of is how many inspections your potential inspector has performed. At least 1000 home inspections is a good baseline for a competent inspection company. Less than a 1000 and you are taking a chance with them. But how do you verify that they have actually performed over 1000 inspections when you call them?
Just because their website says they have performed over X amount of inspections doesn’t really mean they actually have. Who is going to call them out if they haven’t? If they tell you over the phone they have, do you believe it? Many people like to stretch the truth…and are OK with it because they justify it in their head.
This is a very critical point. You do not want an inspection company with less than 1000 inspections inspecting your house and you need to have them prove to you that they have performed at least 1000 inspections. So when you are interviewing inspectors ask them how many ASHI or NACHI compliant full inspection reports they have written.
If it’s more than a thousand ask them for their past 5 years of clients with phone numbers or email addresses. If they say they don’t have that available or that violates some sort of privacy law, tell them goodbye. If they do have that list available, they should be able to send it to you that same day and it should add up to at least 1000!
At Detailed Home Inspections we have done over 5000 inspections. Send us an email request and we will be happy to send our past 5 yrs of clients for you to call at random to see how effective we were AFTER THEY HAVE LIVED IN THEIR NEW HOME FOR AT LEAST A YEAR.
OK, so if you are still on the phone with the inspector ask them if they climb into attics and on top of roofs. Most of them will dance around this question because most inspectors are not agile enough to do this. They will either pop their head up into the attic through the hatch and shine their flashlight around or observe the roof from the ground with binoculars, at the roof edge with a ladder, or worse yet, with a drone.
At Detailed Home Inspections, we enter and climb all accessible (as defined In “What Makes Us Different”) attics, crawlspaces, and roofs. The only accessible attics not entered are truss attics with loose fill insulation, attics we can’t stand up in. And newer construction attics with trusses and heavy loose fill insulation.
Typically the only roofs not walked are 2nd or 3rd floor roofs not accessible from a lower roof with a 4 foot step ladder. Also, wet, icy, snow covered roofs, and slate, tile, shake, metal roofs are off limits.
So, all things being equal, who would you…