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.
How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?
Experience is important and I have been a home inspector in the business since 1991 serving the east Houston area. Knowledgeable experience is pertinent, and I have done over 15, 000 home inspections up to date.
Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?
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.
How long will the inspection take?
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.
How much will it cost?
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 $350-600, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made. Inspection cost does not necessarily reflect quality.
What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
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. We provide the inspection report at the time of the inspection.
Will I be able to attend the inspection?
We encourage you to show up at the end of the inspection to go over the completed report at the property.
Do you maintain membership in a professional home inspector association?
There are many state and national associations for home inspectors. Request to see their membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence you deem appropriate.
Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?
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. This is especially important in cases where the home is much older or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training.
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We had Kevin do our inspection to our new home we are purchasing and we were so impressed with just how good he is at his job! He actually told us about the issues we told him about regarding the inspector that was hired by the buyers of our house and he went over it with us and explained it to us! He did not have to do that but is such a nice guy and you could tell he really cares about his customers and making sure they are informed. He brought real issues to us regarding the work that needs to be done in the house we are purchasing and we couldn't be happier. He told us everything that was an issue but told us only two issues really needed to be addressed with the current owner which we appreciated very much. He was referred to us and we are so glad that he was! I actually set him up on yelp so that people know where to go and who to trust regarding a home inspection!!! Great job Kevin and thanks!
Kevin Plante did an outstanding job with our home inspection. He was very thorough and helpful with explaining all that he found to where we could easily understand. I highly recommend Kevin!
We used Kevin Plant for our inspection on our last home... he does an outstanding job and puts all information in terms that anyone can understand and also prioritizes them on relevance. He has also been an awesome asset to have when there are questions about code and grandfathered issues even after 2 years of the initial inspection. I highly recommend him for your inspection needs. Also he has great customer service skills.
Great inspection. Kevin was very professional and provided a detailed home and septic report with photographs. He even made suggestions for minor repairs and some preventive maintenance tips. I would absolutely use him again.
Very helpful!! Explanations regarding the inspection are thorough. Kevin is very responsive to any questions, he really knows what he is doing.