What is a Professional Home Inspector?

If you're thinking of purchasing a home, it's important to find a professional home inspector. A home inspector is an expert in all things relating to homes and can help buyers identify potential problems before they become costly repairs. Here's what you need to know about selecting a professional home inspector in San Antonio

1. Look for a certification. Most home inspectors are professionally trained and hold certification from one of the major inspection organizations, such as the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) or the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). The NAHI offers both certification exams and continuing education units (CEUs) to its members, while the ASHI offers its membership the option of taking its annual professional certification exam. 

2. Ask for references. You'll also want to ask your potential home inspector for referrals from satisfied clients. Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) report on your potential home inspector to see if any complaints have been filed against him or her in the past.

3. Set up an appointment. Once you've narrowed down your list of candidates, make an appointment to visit their homes and get a better sense of their qualifications and approach. Be prepared to ask questions about their inspection methods , equipment and techniques.

4. Ask for references in writing. If you're worrying about your job security, make sure the inspector signs a written agreement to provide a copy of the inspection report to you within 24 hours. It's also helpful if the inspector gives you his business card so you'll have his phone number in case of an emergency call that comes after hours at night or on the weekend.