Before you make your most expensive investement. There are questions you need to know!
Questions to ask a Home Inspector before hiring
Are they a licensed Kentucky home inspector?
In Kentucky inspectors must be licensed.
My Kentucky Home Inspector license number is HI-2137
How experienced are you?
Ask how many years the inspector has been performing inspections. How many homes has the inspector personally inspected? Is this a full-time occupation, or a part-time hobby? Will the inspector you're talking to be the one doing the inspection?
David McLean is the owner of CKHI and is the only inspector. He has been inspecting homes full time since 1986, longer than anyone in the area. Before David started CKHI in 1986 he was a construction manager over the building of one of Lexington premier horse farm and homes. In college David took many classes in drafting and engineering. David also has a real-estate license, in escrow; He just wanted to be more informed about the process of buying a home.
Are they are a full–time home inspector?
CKHI is a full-time home inspection company with Cindy McLean in the office taking care of all your needs. You do not have to wait for someone to finished their inspection or get off work to answer your questions or book your home inspections.
Are you fully insured?
Obtain proof of the inspector's general liability insurance and workman’s comp. It would shock most home buyers and Realtors to know how many inspectors operate without insurance!
CKHI has general liability and workman’s comp. insurance.
How long will the inspection take?
A professional inspection of an average house takes approximately three to four hours to complete. CKHI will take from three to four hours on most home and longer on larger homes.
When will I receive my inspection report?
There are various types of reports given by professional inspectors. Stay away from the hand-written, carbon copy reports that are difficult to read. With today's technology, most quality reports are computer-generated. Ask if the report will include photos- they help the reader understand the issues in the report.
CKHI normally has the report printed and ready at the end of the home inspection. David will go over the report at the end of the inspection, show the buyers photos taken at the time of the inspection and also give the buyer a CD with a PDF copy of the report and photos taken at the time of the inspection.
How much will the inspection cost?
Home inspection costs can vary dramatically depending on the location, size, type, and age of the home. Be cautious of low-price leaders- you will usually get what you pay for! Just one missed item during an inspection may end up costing a lot more than the amount you saved by using a cheaper, inexperienced inspector. Your new home is a large investment. Remember, a quality home inspection is never expensive- it is priceless!
Does your Home Inspector offer radon testing and are they certified?
Central Kentucky Home Inspections offers Radon Testing for an additional fee. We use electronic continues monitors and deliver a computer printout report with hourly levels.
David McLean is appropriately certified by NEHA National Radon Proficiency Program, the leading certification program for radon professionals in North American, recognized by the EPA. His NEHA NRPP ID# is 103592RT.
NEHA WEB. SIGHT IS radongas.org
These are the questions to ask before hiring a home inspector. If you ask them, you will be able to make an informed decision.
Information cited from the following sources.
U.S Department of health Services, ABDR. (1990). Taxicalogical profile for radon. Atlanta, GA: Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Regisitry.