Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Why to Not Shop for a Home Inspection on Price Alone


In today’s economy, people are looking for penny pinching ways to save money, but it might not be a good idea to squeeze the wallet when it comes to finding a home inspector.  Consumers are already putting hundreds of thousands of dollars in play to purchase a home so why skimp when it comes to the home inspection process – the process that shows the homebuyer the true story.  Here are some things to consider, pricing aside, in order to choose the most qualified home inspection company for the job:
  1. Experience.  HomeTeam Inspection Service has been conducting home inspections for over 20 years.  When it comes to home inspections, they have the expertise to do the job right the first time.  HomeTeam Inspection Service is built on a solid foundation that provides the necessary tools and resources for each of its franchisees to keep them up to date with the latest industry news, trends and tools so that they are on the cutting-edge of the industry.
  2. Proper Insurance and licensing. All HomeTeam locations have always carried professional insurance, even long before states required it.  This is the quality and leadership that HomeTeam has always stood for.  In addition, HomeTeam inspectors are usually among the first to be licensed when a state implements licensing for the industry.  It is crucial to find an inspector with these in place and HomeTeam mandates all its franchisees hold the necessary credentials. 
  3. Referrals.  Talk with real estate agents, appraisers, attorney’s, and past homebuyers in your market to determine their experience with home inspection companies.  You want the company who can get the job done quickly while providing the highest quality inspection every single time.  And who better to ask than the realtors who work with home inspectors every day.
  4. Informative reporting.  The product of an inspection must include a written report.  The report type and style is as important as the inspection itself.  The report can be retained for future reference and should be a lasting resource.  Therefore, those seeking an inspection should ask about the report to ensure it is detailed and accurate.  HomeTeam Inspection Service does a narrative report rather than the standard checklist to give homebuyers a lasting resource that is customized and complete.
  5. Friendly & personal verbal reporting.  In addition to a high quality written report, home inspection customers should walk away feeling very satisfied with the time the inspectors have spent with them.  HomeTeam inspectors are trained in human relations and take the time to answer questions and verbally introduce the home to its new owners.
  6. On-site inspectors. A team of inspectors will likely deliver a more comprehensive, thorough inspection.  A team will be faster and more efficient with more than one pair of eyes looking over the entire house for issues.  Every HomeTeam franchisee use at minimum two inspectors per home inspection.
15-year HomeTeam inspector Colin Conroy says that “when you have no points of differentiation from the competitors in the marketplace, often times inspectors will use a low pricing strategy to gain customers.”  He advises that homebuyers and sellers alike do a complete reference check before hiring a home inspector.  It could end up costing thousands of dollars if something goes wrong.

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