Inspector Questions

Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

  • Are you a licensed and registered home inspector in the state of Washington?
  • Are you a member of a professional inspector association? If so, which one(s)? example: ASHI, American Society of Home Inspectors
  • Do you perform property inspections on a full time basis?
  • Do you produce a narrative versus a checklist type report?
  • Will I receive my report quickly?
  • Will you repair any problems or conditions you find for an additional charge? Be careful of this because it’s a conflict of interest for the person calling the problem to also fix the problem.
  • Do you offer a written warranty for your services?

How to Use the Inspection Report

An inspection should always be viewed in perspective and should serve the following purposes:

  • To identify problems before you purchase a home and prevent unexpected or unpleasant surprises later.
  • To enable you to get out of a purchase and sale agreement (and get your earnest money refunded) if serious problems are identified.
  • To help you negotiate an adjustment in the price or the terms of the purchase and sale agreement, if you want to continue with the pur-chase in spite of the problems.
  • To get the seller to agree to pay for the needed repairs before closing (or after closing using escrow funds)
  • To assist you in making an informed decision and not an emotional one.
  • To make you feel confident about going ahead with the purchase of a home.