Finding the right home inspector foy you, there is a formula to this. If you are working with an agent, they should supply you with a list of a minimum of 3 companies you can contact, possibly more. Take the initative and contact at least 3.
Ask alot of questions, like, "How long have you been in business?", "Can you supply me with a copy of your Certification and Insurance?," "Will you make me aware of positive issues with the home as well as items needing attention?." No question is too stupid, only the question not asked. I have been asked in the recent past for references of agents as well as customers. If there is any hesitation on any question, move on.
Next, Pricing? Compare the 3 quotes and DO NOT base your selection on price alone. There are businesses out there doing 1 page $99. Specials. Beware, you can not inspect a home using one page. Our report runs 21 pages.
Tell each company when you make the decision you will get back to them and thank them for their time. Believe me, a little respect can go a long way in getting that extra effort out of the inspector.
In my 12 years in home inspections in Las Vegas I have witnessed and inspected just about every situation you can think of, barring a home used as a meth lab. I would steer clear as I would not want to be in there with pilot lights lit. The challenge for the inspector in this marketplace is using imagination and common sense. He has to be aware of what he doesn't see as well as what he does. Example: A pool unequipped with a GFCI outlet (Ground Fault Circuit Interruptor). This is for safety sake. Just because the pool is operational doesn't mean it is safe.
Once you hire that inspector, listen to him. That is what you are paying for. If he recommends further evaluation on a condition, do it. We, as inspectors, do not like having to recommend further evaluation as it is more money for you and more time for the agent, but if recommended, listen. There is definitely a good reason. So in any case, "You Can Always Get What You Want..."
I hope you find this information helpful, and should you have any questions, call: 702-683-8882 and I would be happy to help. Ed Albrecht, Owner/Inspector, Sherlock Home Inspections, Inc. Visit my website: www.SherlockInspections.com
PS: Example, gentleman called last week asking shouldn't have the inspector have told me it would take 15 minutes for hot water in the bathroom? First, I ask if he was a lawyer (I am not interested to get involved with someone elses ligitation). He said he was just a buyer concerned that as far as his inspection, he felt short changed. Well, to make a long story short, I told him after you call him and discuss the issue, if he doesn't at least reimburse you the cost of the inspection, ask for his insurance company. Most independents are carrying $5,000. deductible insurance and he will have to pay for repairs to right the situation out of his own pocket. (The answer to this gentlemens problem would have been to recommend he install a circulator on the water heater and he would have instant hot water). This gentleman was pretty upset and I am not sure of the outcome, but one thing I am sure of Sherlock Home Inspections did not do the inspection. (That was the first question I asked-My Mother did not raise a fool).