Choosing a Vermont Home Inspector

Besides cost, there are a number of things to consider when choosing a Home Inspector to inspect your new home. Most people that call the office usually ask only one question! “How much do you charge for a home inspection?” Though this is a pertinent question when seeking a home inspection, it should not be your only concern.

Many homebuyers do not know what else to ask. Since this person will be inspecting the most valuable possession you may ever possibly purchase, here are a few ideas along with a list of questions you should consider when calling about a home inspection.

Although some real estate agents offer their clients a short list of in home inspectors that have good reputations and are recommended regularly, be wary of agents that try to insist one inspector in particular as there may be personal reasons behind this such as the inspector working closely with the agent and will be willing to overlook some issues in order to keep getting referrals.

The following is a list of questions you may want to consider asking when seeking a home inspection for your new property:

1. What are your qualifications?

We are licensed by the State of Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York, Certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Certified by the National Environmental Health Association to provide Radon Measurement, Certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors, graduates of the Building Performance Institute, graduates of the New York School Of Home Inspection and Construction and Fully Insured along with 30+ years hands on experience in the construction industry.

2. Can you give me references?

Inspectors should be able to provide references if requested. We have a Testimonial page on our website and can provide many more if requested.

3. What types of reports do you offer?

The top home inspectors in today's business don't produce handwritten reports. A professional inspector will provide a comprehensive computer generated report. The report should include full-color digital photos of the issues discovered during the course of the inspection. The average report should contain 60-100 photos. The report should also provide you with “Summary Pages” with specific categories like Major Concerns and Safety Issues. We also report the positive attributes of the home as well. We spend a lot of time reviewing photos in the office to make sure nothing is overlooked.

4. What do you inspect?

We inspect the following. Don’t settle for less.

  • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim
  • Gutters, downspout and extensions
  • Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations
  • Decks, stops, porches, walkways and railings
  • Eaves, soffits and fascias
  • Exterior doors, windows and siding
  • Lot, grading and drainage
  • Foundation, basement and crawl space
  • Water penetration and foundation movement
  • Heating systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Water heating systems
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and facets
  • Interior doors, windows and floors
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
  • Grounding and bonding
  • GFCI's and AFCI's
  • Fireplace doors, damper and hearth
  • Sump pumps with accessible float
  • Garage doors, safety sensors and openers
  • Our Reports Exceed the Standards
  • State of The Art Testing Equipment
  • Round the Clock Scheduling
  • Computer Generated Reports with Photos
  • Courteous and Knowledgeable

5. Do you get on the roof?

Believe it or not, not all inspectors will get on the roof, most don’t or only up to a certain height. Weather permitting we get on every roof.

6. How much do you charge?

There is no such thing as a good, cheap inspector. The money you save on the “cheap” inspector may cost you $1000S in the future. Remember, you get what you pay for!

7. Do you do Radon and Water Testing?

We are certified by the National Environmental Health Association as a professional Radon Measurement Specialist. We offer Mold Sampling as well as Basic and Comprehensive Water Testing.

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