Here are some good question to ask when interviewing home inspectors to inspect your house:
1. How long has the firm(or individual) been in business? A minimum of 5 year's experience is recommended.
2. Is the firm a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors? Membership requires actual experience, passing a written examination, inspection reviews, and continuing education.
3. Has the firm changed its name recently? If so, why?
4. What type of report does the firm use? How long does it take to complete the report and get it back to the client?
5. How many inspectors does the firm have? Are they full-time or part-time?
6. Does the firm engage in other businesses in addition to inspections?
7. Does the firm also offer to make any of the repairs recommended by the inspection? If the inspection company also makes repairs, it may not give unbiased reports.
8. Does the firm provide references? Any inspector should be willing to give several references if the buyer ask for them. The buyer may also want to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been lodged against the inspection firm.