Buyer’s Home Inspection

How To Avoid The Blind Inspector

1. Get A Home Inspection From The Owner Of The Company:
Nobody works harder for you the client than the owner of the company! The success of the business depends on exceeding your expectations for quality and professionalism each and every time and you just don’t get that level of service from “employee inspectors!” So be sure to get an inspection from the owner of the company because he has a vested interest in insuring your Total Satisfaction!

It takes a full time inspector at least 100 inspections to develop the eyes, ears and nose for hunting down problems. Part-time home inspectors simply don’t have the time in he field to develop that radar. Be sure to ask how many inspections the inspector conducts annually and how many years he/she has been doing them. A quality full time home inspector conducts between 200 and 400 inspections annually – blind inspectors conduct 50 to 100 inspections annually. Conducting 200-400 inspections each year requires extensive referrals, by prior clients, lenders, real estate agents and others- so there is a much greater chance the inspector is not blind!

Patriot Home Inspections LLC is a locally owned and operated business. Hubert Miles, owner and operator of Patriot Home Inspections, has 15+ years experience in the construction and home inspection industry and conducts an average of 400 home inspections a year for private clients, lenders, and insurance companies.

2. Education & Training:
Being a contractor is very different from being a Professional Home Inspector. Home inspectors are responsible for evaluating all of the systems and components of the home – not just one aspect like the brick or the framing. To be able to provide a competent evaluation of all of these elements takes formal education and training. Did the inspector attend one of the top home inspection schools, Or did he complete a correspondence course, or have his brother in law Bubba show him how to inspect? Comprehensive continuing education and training is a must!

Hubert Miles owner an operator of Patriot Home Inspections is a graduate of Examiner Home Inspections School in Columbia SC and has completed additional training in both new construction and established home issues, is a certified home inspector and member of InterNACHI.

3. Certifications:
While certifications are certainly important, it’s the combination of Experience, Education and Training that make the difference in the competency of your next home inspector. Certifications let the world know that the inspector can pass a test not that he can inspect a home properly. We all know people who are certified for one thing or another that we wouldn’t hire under any circumstances. There is simply no substitute for experience and proper training.

Hubert Miles, owner of Patriot Home Inspections, aggressively pursues continuing education and extended training monthly through InterNACHI and holds several additional certifications including Mold, Indoor Air Quality, Infrared Thermal Imaging, and many more.

4. The Inspection Report:
The top home inspectors in today’s business don’t produce handwritten reports. A professional inspector will provide a combination checklist/narrative report. Technology has evolved where you should expect to receive a full-color report on site, with digital photographs of the issues discovered during the course of the inspection. The report should provide “Summary Pages” with specific categories like Major Concerns, Safety Issues and Deferred Cost Items, etc. The report should not contain repair costs or action plans for repairs. Professional home inspectors inspect – they don’t repair! An inspector that makes repairs should always be avoided due to the conflict of interest inherent in that situation. Ask for a sample of an inspection report so you’ll know what you can expect for your time and money. After all, you are the client!

Patriot Home Inspections provides home inspection reports which include a list of the Major Concerns, Repairs, Deferred Costs, Improvements, and Safety Issues you need to be aware of about your property with a digital photo summary. We also provide a Home Maintenance Guide for your convenience.

5. Ask To See What Other Home Buyers Have Said About The Inspector:
Quality Professional Home Inspectors ask their client’s to comment on their inspection experience. Professional Inspectors want to know what they are doing right, as well as what might need improvement. If the inspector can’t or won’t provide client referrals, he might be blind in more ways than one!

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