Are you searching for a home inspector who can help you provide good, clear and an unbiased observation of your home? There are multiple things to keep in mind while finding the right home inspector for your property. Their certifications, skill sets, background, inspection costs, online reviews, etc.
Verify home inspector’s credentials
Home inspectors often see themselves ‘sandwiched’ between the realtor and the client. As a client, your first goal is to ensure that the home inspector follows a particular standards of practice (SOP) and skilled enough to inspect the home. The easiest way to do it is by verifying their online credentials, their professional background. For example, LinkedIn might be a great place to start with. Also, all licensing, certifying bodies or associations have a search bar on their website where you will be able to type in their name and verify their credentials.
Once that is done, check their online reviews. Pretty straightforward, right? But a lot of us skip the part. It will give you some insights on the work that you can expect off the inspector and their general approach to the clients.
However, one thing to consider while going through the reviews is that the rating needs to be considered in junction with the number of reviews. Obviously, a home inspector with an average rating of 4.5 stars from over 300 people is no way less when compared with a home inspector with 4.9 stars from 10 people. You get the idea, right?
How much do home inspectors charge for an inspection?
In Ontario, a home inspection costs anywhere between $350 to $500 for a good inspection. Of course, the age of the property also determines the cost but expect to pay anywhere in that range. And, good inspections come at a slight premium – about an extra $50-$100 but is well worth the investment. Here’s why:
For most inspectors, more inspections = more money. Home inspectors also play the ‘volume game’ – trying to take in as many inspections as possible, even if it means cutting down on their price a bit. Here’s a situation that might lead to a problem:
Consider ‘X’ does 3 inspections a day, each spanning for 90 minutes at the maximum. That’s four-and-a-half hours time of inspection and add another few hours in between for travel. So, he’s always limited by the time he can spend in the property, which means a possible overlooking of a few aspects of the home.
On the other hand, ‘Y’ does one inspection a day, spends close to two-and-a-half to three hours on a property and is not in a rush to head to another inspection. Don’t you think there will be a difference in output, even if we consider their skill sets to be of the same level?
While ‘X’ can charge $250 for an inspection (3 a day) and risking missing out finer and important details, ‘Y’ takes his time and is in no hurry to leave the property before it’s completely inspected but charges $350 an inspection. There are other things that usually extend the time – like age of the property, explaining in detail about the property condition to the clients.
Independent home inspector vs. realtor’s home inspector
It’s completely up to the client to choose the home inspector. Home Inspectors, generally, are straightforward and provide an unbiased opinion of the property. However, as in any profession, there might be a few who you think work in the interest of the transaction of the property instead of the occupant’s safety or providing a dispassionate observations of the home.
The best way to navigate through this is to get in touch with your realtor and get some information about the home inspector. Once you have obtained the information, do step 1. Verify their credentials.
When spending big bucks on your property, a $300-$500 dollar inspection can really make a big difference. An inspection will not only help you detect any major defects in the property, but also be an educational session.
If you’ve read this far, I hope the article was of help to you! And, if you’re still searching for a home inspector, you can schedule an inspection with me.
I provide a high-quality and affordable home inspection for properties across Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, Hamilton, Guelph, Vaughan, Markham, Burlington, Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa in Ontario. If you have any queries, doubts or want to contact me, please do so here.
Happy buying or selling 🙂