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A good starting point for choosing a home inspector who will live up to your expectations is to rely on the recommendations of the people around us, whether it is a co-worker, a neighbour, a family member or a real estate agent. But your work doesn’t stop there. You still need to contact home inspection firms and ask questions to ensure that the inspector meets your own needs and criteria.
Errors & Omissions insurance
One of the first criteria to consider when choosing an home inspector is to make sure he has insurance for errors and omissions, and this, for two reasons. First, insurers do not insure just anyone. Second, if you find yourself with complications in the future, at least you will be able to turn to an inspector who will be able to financially compensate you in the event of an error on his part.
Since having liability insurance is not the ultimate guarantee of an inspector’s competence, you need to make sure you find other elements that will reflect the professionalism of the company. For example, has the company been in business for several years or a few weeks? Are there other institutions that you trust that recommend his services or that call upon the services of this inspector?
No one in the world can claim to know everything, not even the best home inspector. So, when you are about to contact an inspection firm, make sure not only that your inspector is qualified and experienced, but also that he has a multidisciplinary team on which he can rely on if he encounters a situation with which he is less familiar.
The home inspection report
The home inspection report reflects the work of the inspector. When you contact an inspection firm, make sure you have a sample of the inspection report that will be given to you after the inspection. It is on this document that you will base your decision whether or not to go ahead with the purchase of your next home. Make sure it contains photos, that it is personalized, easy to understand and pleasant to look at. Also, make sure that it undergoes rigorous quality control before being forwarded to you.
Price and availability
Once you have obtained satisfactory answers to your questions, check availability and pricing. Don’t make the cost your predominant factor in choosing an inspector. As with everything, the price of the inspection goes hand in hand with the quality of the service you will receive. In other words, if the price is too low, chances are you won’t find the professionalism you are looking for.
At Legault-Dubois, our inspectors are there to help you acquire your next home, whether it’s a house or a condo. We take care of the technical side of things so that you can fully enjoy this happy moment.