How To Choose A Home Inspector
Here are eight questions to ask before you choose a home inspector:
1. Are you a member of a professional inspection organization?
Reputable home inspectors will be members of a nationally recognized professional organization. Each organization has certification and licensing procedures and requires members to follow procedural and ethical standards when conducting home inspections. Membership to one of these organizations doesn’t guarantee a home inspector is an expert, but you should probably rule out any inspectors who aren’t members of a respected professional organization. HomeRite is a member of NACHI (The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors).
2. Are you licensed and insured?
NYS law requires all Home Inspectors to be licensed by the State and carry liability insurance.
HomeRite is a NYS Licensed Home Inspector (Lic. No. 16000072946) and we carry the required insurances.
3. What’s your background and experience?
The best home inspectors are typically those who have experience in the building industry. You want to work with an inspector who knows what’s inside the walls of your home and understands building systems. Background is especially important if you’re planning to purchase an older home, as inspectors may need to look for problems in older homes that are uncommon in newer properties. So if you’re buying an older home – or a fixer-upper – find an inspector with a background in inspecting similar homes. At HomeRite we have an extensive background in the building trades with more than 35 years of experience.
4. How long will the inspection take?
On average, a home inspection should take one to two hours to perform. If you’re dealing with a large home, a fixer-upper or an older home, the inspection may take even longer. Don’t hire someone who promises to be in and out within a half hour or so, as this is too short a time to thoroughly inspect a home.
5. What will you inspect?
At HomeRite we conduct a visual inspection of accessible systems and components of the home including:
Structure and foundation, electrical systems, plumbing systems, roofs and attics, basements and crawl spaces, gutters, walls, floors and ceilings, porches, decks and the site.
At HomeRite we also inspect and operate: furnaces in heating season, air conditioning in cooling season, plumbing fixtures in kitchens and baths, water heaters, a representative sampling of lights and receptacles, a representative sampling of windows and doors.
6. Can I attend the inspection?
It is better if you can attend the actual inspection. A home inspection is a good opportunity to learn about your home and address any issues. It is best to make notes of any concerns you may have so that they can be addressed by your inspector at the conclusion of the inspection.
7. What kind of inspection report do you offer?
Most inspectors will provide a report within 24 hours. At HomeRite we provide what is known in the industry as a combination report which is a narrated checklist with a photo addendum of any issues This is the most comprehensive report and “combines” the benefits of both a checklist and narrative report with supporting photos.
8. Who will do the Home Inspection?
At HomeRite you deal directly with the owner of the company, John Quinn, who is a full time Home Inspector with more than thirty years of experience in the building trades.
If you have any questions or concerns about your Home Inspection please feel free to contact HomeRite at 631.404.2281 or email us at