Home inspectors must be knowledgeable about all aspects of residential building systems and their operation. They must be able to recognize and report on non-performance and the potential for failure.
House inspectors should be able to:
Years in business
Most inspectors have completed the home inspection courses:
But: I emphasize training because their is no way someone can be trained to perform a proper home inspection just by taking courses at a school. It takes years of practical experience in homes, getting you hands dirty, and years of physically working in the construction industry building and renovating houses.
Would you hire an engineer who has been sitting behind a desk for the past 20 years designing HVAC systems ?
Would you hire a painter who completed courses online?
Would you hire a roofer who got hurt and this was the course WSIB trained him in?
Would you hire the retired firefighter who needs some extra money in his spare time?
Would you hire a casino worker who performs inspections in his spare time?
When looking to hire a home inspector it is imperative that your first question is: What was your career before becoming a home inspector, not --How much do you charge? --- Is it really worth saving 20-40 dollars when a mistake could cost you so much more? A great home inspector is someone who has physically worked in the construction industry building and has a wealth of experience working in and around homes and commercial properties.
Paul was straightforward with the information about any findings in the home. He offered great suggestions on how to fix things, prospective costs, and provided clarity as to the difference between maintenance items and Flaws.