Top Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Home Inspector
Home inspectors visit houses inspecting them for structural, wiring, and other internal issues. These services are usually needed when purchasing a new house, and at times even when selling a house. Sellers and buyers contact home inspectors to learn about the condition of the house and help them decide whether it is time to renovate, repair, or rebuild. Inspectors provide a thorough inspection and analysis of anything that might be wrong or need replacement.
Home inspectors usually have experience in home repair, and have built up expertise in understanding of issues that a house may face. They use construction and engineering knowledge to get their job done. They can also suggest changes to the house if needed, and update plans by request.
Over the years, home inspection has become an important part of the home buying process - but due to the number of options available, picking the right inspector isn’t always easy. To help you narrow down your search for a home inspector, here’s a list of the top five things to look for when hiring a professional home inspection team:
1. Professionalism & Experience
A home inspector must be an experienced professional in their field of work. They need to dedicate all their time to this job. Unfortunately, some inspectors work on a part-time basis, and therefore are unable to focus during an inspection or are unavailable for follow-up inspections when requested by the customer. And since they spend less time overall performing these inspections, they are ultimately less effective at their job. You wouldn't want to be diagnosed by a part-time doctor - so why hire a part-time inspector for a house?
A professional home inspector helps the customer understand technical details by simplifying complex information because they have the required knowledge and experience. In addition, certification is very important. At Lighthouse Inspections - Toronto Centre, all our inspectors are certified by InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors).
When choosing a home inspector, it is imperative to make sure he/she is accountable to a higher authority, such as a Franchisor, team, or association. This type of hierarchy system makes sure that standards are followed, and the inspector is motivated to be more careful and thorough when conducting every inspection.
A professional home inspector uses the best and latest technology in the field. Some inspectors offer thermal imaging at an extra cost as well. At Lighthouse Inspections - Toronto Centre, we include thermal imaging in every inspection free of charge, because we believe it absolutely must be used to ensure that we are thoroughly inspecting a property. We also use other instruments and tools such as a moisture detector, Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector, receptacle tester, etc.
4. Comprehensive Report.
A home inspection report must be issued to all our customers. They must be detailed, thorough, and understandable, to cover and communicate all the information that a customer needs to know. Inspections reports of Lighthouse Inspections - Toronto Centre are approved by banks, associations, and other respected organizations, adhering to the required Standards of Practice. We issue all reports on the same day of the inspection.
At Lighthouse Inspections - Toronto Centre, we are available seven days a week, on holidays, and often within twenty-four hours' notice for those last minute emergency inspections. With over ten inspectors in Ontario, we can be there whenever and wherever requested. We are a 100% Canadian Company, working in your area with local knowledge.
If you’re looking for a knowledgeable and reliable home inspector in and around Toronto, reach out to Lighthouse Inspections - Toronto Centre. We have over thirty years of knowledge and expertise in the areas of construction, renovation and project management. We are available at any time and on any day to set up an appointment. If there are major issues, we are open to handling them on a priority basis to ensure that you are safe. Click here to learn more about the services we offer, or get in touch with us and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.