Information On How To Choose An Inspector

At the present time California does not require that a home inspector be licensed. It is because of this lack of licensure, that it is so important for you to choose a home inspector who has a minimum of a B-General contractors license and adheres to the NAHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. The NAHI Standards provide a minimum guideline for conducting a home inspection and all NAHI members agree to conduct their home inspections in accordance with the NAHI Standards of Practice/Code of Ethics. While the Standards provide a minimum guideline for conducting a home inspection, the NAHI Code of Ethics sets a standard of professional behavior for members. The B-General contractor license indicates that the individual has passed the California state board exam required for a general building classification and has the experience within the field. The lower the contractors license number indicates the longer he has had the license.

Before a home inspector is hired, we recommend that the consumer, “check him or her out.” Check to see if the inspector is a licensed contractor , see if the home inspector carries a membership with a national non-profit trade association, such as the National Association of Home Inspectors, Inc. (NAHI) and if so, call to verify that the individual is a member in good standing. Check with California State License Board - click here to check a license number - CSLB and your local municipalities to see if the inspector and/or Inspection Company has had any complaints registered against them. It may take a few minutes to check out the individual, but by doing so you are making a better decision in choosing an inspector.

In addition, we recommend that you interview the Home Inspector. Talk to the home inspector and find out their background. Do they carry Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance? Are they members of a national non-profit trade association for home inspectors? Membership in a non-profit association is a sign that an inspector is serious about his or her job. In addition, a home inspector must abide by the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the Association. Find out what type of report the inspector uses. Will it be a hand-written checklist? Or a computer-generated report with digital pictures? Do they use an infrared camera?

We encourage our clients to attend the inspection and ask questions – this provides you with the opportunity to learn more about the home and about any visible defects that might be found.