It is absolutely imperative that your home inspector meets the requirements of all laws and regulations in your state or province. Most states have regulations requiring home inspectors to be licensed, including passing a certification exam and fulfilling continuing education requirements.
There are several companies that provide hands-on training. Additionally, many inspectors have been in building trades for several years. They have extensive working knowledge of home construction.
It is in your best interest to allow your clients to choose their own inspectors. Like all of us, Home Inspectors are human and may make mistakes. If you referred the home inspector, you might lose the trust of your clients (at a minimum) or be held liable (worst-case scenario).
The Actual Home Inspection Report
Look for credentials, experience, and reputation over price
All home inspectors have strong points and areas for improvement. You might choose a cheaper home inspector and think you are saving yourself money. However, saving $50 on your inspection could cost you thousands of dollars later if the inspector misses problems. Typically, the best inspectors are not the cheapest. If you want to save money, possibly thousands, then don’t choose the cheapest inspector. Choosing a thorough and experienced home inspector is the best route to take.
Don’t be fooled by fancy reports
Your goal is to have a comprehensive document detailing the inspection of your home, not a canned template, bulk report, or information that may not even apply to your home. You can find many sources of general information (e.g. Ortho’s Home Encyclopedia) at local home improvement stores. Choose your home inspector based on ability. Substance should be measured in quality of content, not by the weight of the inspection report.