When Should You Fire Your Long Island Home Inspector?
Navigating the red-hot housing market in Long Island can be very challenging and stressful, especially for the first-timers. Sure, having the help of a home inspector can help fast track the turnover process, but this isn’t always the case.
Many homeowners that don’t understand what makes a credible and reliable Long Island home inspector will immediately hire anyone with a “licensed and professional” in their title. They believe in the notion that any home inspector is the key to a seamless and fast transaction. Unfortunately, thousands of home sellers and buyers have experienced quite the opposite.
Here are a few signals to look out for that could mean it’s time to find another Long Island home inspector:
1. They Want to Go Through the Actual Inspection By Themselves ONLY
A home inspector offering their client to conduct the inspection alone to save them from any hazard is one thing; persisting that only the inspector can go through the actual inspection process is another.
It critically important, especially for a potential homebuyer, to be able to learn everything about the property they’re looking to purchase. If the hired home inspector prohibits them from joining the walkthrough, it might be a sign that the inspector is up to no good.
At the very least, they might exaggerate any issues they could find along the way; worse is if they fail to spot obvious and hazardous issues that the home buyer could otherwise have spotted. Either way, a Long Island home inspector that wants to do the inspection solo could cost any potential buyer tons of money for not helping them make a sound decision before they purchase the house.
2. There’s Zero Communication
As cliché as it sounds, communication is key to a successful home inspection. A home seller or buyer is more likely to lose money of their hired home inspector isn’t informing them of the following:
- How long the inspection will last.
- The approach and steps they’ll take during the actual inspection.
- The components that are still in excellent condition.
- Any significant deficiencies and safety issues.
- Cost estimate for repairs.
- The items that they will include in the inspection report.
Home inspectors must be in constant communications with the seller or buyer throughout the inspection process. If they aren’t, the client should consider hiring a more competent and interactive inspector.
3. They Can’t Provide Accurate and Honest Answers
Any hired Long Island home inspector should be able to respond to any career- or inspection-related questions being thrown at them by their clients.
They should be confident enough to prove they’re the right person for the job and can guide their clients through the complexities of the home inspection process. After all, they are responsible for assuring that the property they’ll inspect is safe enough for the occupants and is worth their client’s money.
That said, if the home inspector can’t answer these questions accurately and honestly, it’s a sign that they must be fired immediately:
- What does this specific issue mean?
- Is this a major or a minor issue?
- There’s a weird thing in this area, is that a problem?
- How does this thing work? Also, how to efficiently maintain them?
- What are your biggest concerns about the property?
If the home inspector can’t answer these questions before the inspection is completed, the client should consider going to the inspector’s licensing board or any professional organization he or she is registered with as these sources often have some course of action for non-compliant members.
4. They Don’t Explain Building Code Information Accurately
The client doesn’t necessarily have to stay up-to-date with local building codes and regulations to understand the issues present in their property as it is the job of the hired inspector to inform them about those things.
However, if the inspector keeps on citing that some aspects of the house are no longer up-to-date with the latest building code and standards without further explaining their implications, that is when the buyer should retain the service of a new inspector.
Local engineering departments tend to update the building code year by year, but these new rules do not make any existing structures less structurally efficient – unless if it’s about safety issues. Regardless, the home inspector must be relieved of their job if they fail to provide their client with a clear explanation of building code issues they find during the inspection.
5. Everything in the House is Excellent for Them
The last but definitely the most critical sign that a home inspector must be replaced is if they don’t report deficiencies of any degree of severity after hours of a seemingly “thorough and detailed” inspection process.
This tends to happen when the house being inspected is relatively new, wherein the buyer is more likely to overlook deficiencies that don’t impact the aesthetics, such as inefficient electrical wiring, improper surface grading, absence of vapor barrier for concrete slabs, and insufficient attic insulation.
Regardless of the age of the house, the hired Long Island home inspector must objectively inspect the property to ensure that every item in their checklist t is thoroughly assessed. Otherwise, the client is at risk of purchasing a property that only looks good from the outside.
How to Find a Competent Home Inspector?
When the home inspector initially hired isn’t professional, trained, and skilled enough to meet their client’s need, the following can be used as a guideline for finding a more competent one for the job:
- Read reviews and client testimonials to ensure their professional ability.
- Get a referral from a trusted real estate agent in the area.
- Request copies of the inspector’s license and insurance.
- Request a sample report to verify the depth of their inspection process
- Make sure they are not just the standard home inspectors – they must be licensed professional engineers who have the expertise and knowledge in structural analysis, roof and exterior inspection, HVAC and plumbing assessment, and potential building code non-compliance issues.
In conclusion, hiring the wrong home inspector is as expensive as not retaining the service of one at all. To ensure a productive and efficient home inspection process, the client should only contract the expertise of the professional engineers with industry certification, referrals, and positive client feedback to back up their service.
Contact Tauscher Cronacher today to learn more about how our professional Long Island home inspection services can help you buy or sell your home with confidence.