I've retired, so I can't do your inspection. But here's some information you might find useful.
To Inspect or Not to Inspect, That is the Question
If you're buying an older property (or your lender requires it), inspect is the answer. After all, buying an older property is like buying a used car and having the property inspected is like taking the car to a mechanic - a prudent thing to do!
However, if you're buying a new property (and your lender does not require it), not to inspect may be the answer. Continuing the car analogy, do you know anyone who has purchased a new car and taken it to a mechanic? Probably not, but most folks who purchase a new car research the manufacturer before closing the deal and it's just as critical that you research a builder before buying a new property. And if your research turns up anything short of a five-star rating, inspect!
How to Find a Good Inspector
To find a good inspector, start with these websites:
- International Association of Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)
- American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
InterNACHI is the largest professional organization of home inspectors and ASHI is the oldest. Both websites have "find an inspector" functions that let you search by city or ZIP code for the names of inspectors serving the area where your property is located.
For each name you "find," put it into your search engine with the word "reviews" to find out what past clients have to say about the inspector.
When you find an inspector with good reviews, call and ask:
- How long have you held your Washington State Home Inspector License? The longer the better.
- Do you have a Structural Pest Inspector License, too? The older your property, the more important it is that a pest inspection be included with your inspection.
- What is the cost of an inspection? Describe your property to the inspector. Expect to pay more for a bigger property, an older property, one with a crawl space and one that requires a long travel distance.
- Can I see a sample report? Not all reports are created equal. Make sure the inspector’s report is complete and easily understood.
Pay attention to the inspector’s demeanor when answering your questions. An inspector who is not helpful and friendly during your interview is not likely to be any more so after you’ve paid your inspection fee!
And if your realtor suggests an inspector, check him/her out the same way you would if you found the inspector on the InterNACHI or ASHI website.