actual home inspection for your clients that is thorough and complete.
Like most home inspectors in NJ I rely on most of my home inspections from local realtors. It can be good thing and a bad thing. Home inspectors have an industry saying: you are only as good as your last inspection when it comes from a realtor. Don't get me wrong there are bad home inspectors who put the bad taste in the realtors' mouth. Can't blame the realtor for getting upset if a home inspector they refered doesn't know what they are doing. But there are some realtors who if you say something to the client that might be true but not in the way the agent liked they will cut you off. The successful agents the ones that do 80% of the deals understand what we do and that our clients come first. Because our clients are their clients.
Myself as a home inspector I don't worry about that. My job is the give the client the facts when it comes to the condition of the home they are buying or selling. The realtors I work with know I am not an alarmist but very thorough. I also recommend
asking your real estate attorney for a referral. We are similar in the sense that we have nothing to gain or lose if the deal happens or not. We get paid a fee from the client to
guide them through the home buying process.
So a home inspector, friend or foe? The best way to decide that is to interview them on the phone. Ask questions like; how long have you been in business and how many inspection personally do you perform a year? (You are looking for a number between 100 and 150 per year.) Is this a multi inspector firm? Also, ask if they ever had a complaint or lawsuit filed against them? In NJ we are licensed and are under supervision of the state’s attorney general. You can look up any licensee in the state to see if they are current or suspended.
But the most important question you can ask a home inspector in NJ is what is your back ground? What were they doing before home inspecting? You would be surprised how easy it is to get a home inspection license in NJ. It is important to know if they have a back ground in construction or if they worked at the local convenience store before getting there license.
I have that back ground of construction. My dad was a builder. I have seen houses built from the ground up. I have 20 years’ experience in the plumbing, heating and a/c industry before becoming a home inspector. In those 20 yrs. I've worked in every type of house possible. I also have general knowledge of electrical systems. This is the back ground you should look for when hiring a home inspector. Remember you are hiring him or her before meeting them. Go with your gut, and also do some checking into before you hire.
Good luck in finding your dream home