Every profession has its list of “must-have” qualities that the top performers share. Knowing
the traits that the most professional home inspectors have in common is a great way to help
you determine who to trust while shopping for a home and making among the largest
purchases of your lifetime.
After all, you can be extremely knowledgeable about the home inspection industry and how to
conduct a home inspection, but if you’re unable to relay that information in an effective
manner to potential homebuyers, homeowners or real estate professionals – or you’re
continually raising red flags about a property and alarming the client instead of offering facts –
you’re not the type of inspector most people will use again or refer to friends and family.
We’ve narrowed the best qualities that top home inspectors share down to these eight:
- Punctual. Ensuring your inspection begins on time is an important aspect to the job
that shows clients you value their time as much as your own.
- Good communication skills/responsiveness. One of the most important traits of a
top home inspector involves providing a positive interactive experience and offering
timely responses. Here’s a list of questions to ask your inspector after the inspection.
- Educated. Ensuring your inspector adheres to the strictest standards will help set your
mind at ease that you’re working with a true professional.
- Attention to detail. Your home inspection report should prioritize work that needs to
be completed most urgently based on a detailed inspection that looks at the home’s
mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the roof and foundation.
- Diligent. Your inspector must take added care to complete a thorough home
inspection that will help the client understand the inner working of the property.
- Reassuring. There’s a myth about home inspections that claims an inspector will offer
a passing or failing grade for a home. Instead, an inspector must be able to present
the information gathered throughout the inspection in a factual, non-biased way that
educates as opposed to alarms/frightens the client.
- Provides detailed inspection report. Your inspection report should become your
home’s operations manual, detailing important information about the home and its
systems, as well as future repairs. Here’s how to navigate your inspection report.
- Strong ethics. Finding a home inspector who will always present a property in a
factual way and equip the client with the most up-to-date information on that home
is an essential step to making an informed purchase.
When in doubt, be sure to do your research and ensure the inspector you plan to hire has great
reviews and works for a reputable company.
Visit our Inspector Directory to find an Inspector near you.