Questions to ask before hiring your Inspector
Questions to ask before hiring your Inspector
Some Questions to Ask Your Potential Home Inspectors
Before you make your final buying or selling decision, you should have the home inspected by a professional. An inspection can alert you to potential problems with a property and allow you to make an informed decision. Ask these questions to prospective home inspectors and compare answers:
1. Will your inspection meet recognized standards?
Shawn Chesney Home Inspections follow a comprehensive Standards of Practice and strict Code of Ethics as outlined by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). You can view or download detailed information about the Standards of Practice or the Code of Ethics under the Downloads Menu on our website.
2. Do you belong to a professional home inspector association?
Shawn Chesney Home Inspections is proud to be a member of good standing in the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). Identification number: Nachi13120605
3. How experienced are you?
Shawn Chesney Home Inspections has over 2 decades of hands on experience in the construction and trades. Shawn Chesney Home inspections has earned an Associate Degree in Home Inspection from a recognized and accredited Educational Institution. Shawn Chesney Home Inspections is pleased to provide references so that you can feel secure in your choice to allow Shawn Chesney Home Inspection to provide your inspection services. Shawn Chesney Home Inspections will soon be announcing its Approved Contractor Status from a well known and respected Contractor and Television Personality.
4. Do you carry Insurance?
Shawn Chesney Home Inspections carries full Errors and Omissions and Liability Insurance as well as provide a “Buy Your Home Back Guarantee” and also a “$10,000.00” Honour Guarantee.
5. How do you keep your expertise up to date?
Shawn Chesney Home Inspections, as part of its Code of Ethics and Membership Requirements completes more than 24 hours minimum per year to update and to keep current on all facets of the industry through recognized and accredited Educational Institution. Shawn Chesney supports the mandatory requirement for all Home Inspectors to be licensed in the Province of Ontario.
6. Do you focus on residential inspection?
Shawn Chesney Home Inspections is qualified and certified to perform inspections covering many different scopes. Residential is a main component of our Business and through customer feedback, far exceeds expectations.
7. Will you offer to do repairs or improvements?
Shawn Chesney Home Inspections will not provide any repair or improvements to your property. Our strict Code of Ethics prohibits this and for good reason. You want to feel secure and confident that your Inspector is there working on your behalf on the condition of the property being inspected, not trying to find ways to earn extra business through repairs or improvements. When we are asked to recommend a contractor, we follow the same guidelines, we can only recommend research and checking references, making sure there is adequate and the appropriate insurances and licenses if required.
8. How long will the inspection take?
Shawn Chesney Home Inspections usually take 3 to 4 hours on average. This is not true in all cases, many different factors can directly affect the amount of time it takes, such as access, age and size of a property, the amount of furniture or other belongings that obstruct any inspection. We do not hurry any inspection to attend any other appointments. We do the best and most complete inspection every time.
9. What’s the cost?
Costs can and do vary dramatically, depending on your location, the size and age of the house, and the scope of services. The national average for single-family homes is about $350 to $400, but customers with large homes or detached buildings including garages and shed etc can expect to pay more. Shawn Chesney Home Inspections always include Thermal Imaging. Many other companies charge extra and on top of the national average for the Thermal Imaging service.
10. What type of inspection report do you provide?
Shawn Chesney Home Inspections will provide an electronic copy of your report usually within 24 hours or the next business day. We are aware of timelines to remove conditions on Purchase Agreements and will always work to meet and exceed your expectations.
11. Will I be able to attend the inspection?
Shawn Chesney Home Inspections highly encourages attendance to the Inspection Service. We will be honest with you, the success of our business relies on referrals and customer satisfaction. We strive to exceed your expectations and inspect properties as if our own family and small children would live there. We do not take our fee, provide a report and simply move on to the next client, we are there for your questions or to help wherever we can. With your attendance, we can walk through and go over details, answer questions. By helping you, we are also helping ourselves.