It’s not uncommon for homeowners to feel like a real estate master after spending months studying loans, neighborhoods, hours of online house hunting, and reviewing contracts.
But when it comes to the ins and outs of a home and how it functions there’s only one person that can truly serve as an expert: the home inspector.
Home inspectors are the ones who shimmy through crawl spaces, climb up on roofs, and because of this completely hands on approach, they can tell you everything you need to know about your home.
Home inspectors and home owners only come into contact once in a blue moon, so choosing the best inspector and understanding the process can be confusing, no doubt.
If you’re looking for a home inspector now and could use a guide in choosing, check out one of our first posts on how to recognize a great inspector.
Today we want to clear up some common questions and confusions regarding home inspectors:
1. Do States license and regulate home inspectors?
Yes, most states do. In Texas, there are three levels of an inspector license and require classroom training as well as inspections.
The highest level of home inspection licenses requires a combo of 128 hours in the classroom plus one year of real estate experience or an extra 200 hours of classroom training plus guided and indirectly guided home inspections.
At EIG we have a unique mix of backgrounds, ranging from experience in real estate to banking. If you’d like to learn more about our team, you can look here.
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2. Many home inspectors have formal education.
As mentioned above, home inspector training programs are extremely thorough and give inspectors all the necessary tools.
In addition to the training, many inspectors have real life experience working in real estate, construction or even appliance repair.
Most is learned on the job and through apprenticeships, but if you book with EIG, you can be sure that we have ample training and experience. Don’t be afraid to ask us about our specific training and educational background!
3. National and State Associations have uniform industry guidelines.
The first industry standards were created long ago by national and state home inspector associations.
Association memberships requires a commitment to a code of ethics as well as following the Standards of Practice.
Associations are wonderful resources for home inspectors as they host and organize national conventions, offer the opportunity to continue education, and ensures that your home inspector is following the rules of procedure and ethics.
Make the right moves
If you’re about to begin the process of moving or buying a home, then you should be thinking about the right home inspector for you.
At EIG we have a team of qualified professionals who are committed to fill the gap when it comes to communication between homeowner and inspector.
We know we will be able to identify any potential issue and answer any questions you have so that you learn in the process as well.
Schedule an inspection with us today, and we’ll show you a great inspector!