First, look for someone with the right credentials. Members of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) are certified to conduct home inspections, and licensed engineers are licensed by your state. Either or both of those qualifications are very desirable.
Second, look for experience. If they just hung their shingle last week, they are probably not experienced enough to handle the job. My guy has been inspecting homes for 23 years, and was a contractor before that. In fact many highly qualified inspectors are semi-retired contractors.
Finally, ask other investors and Realtors for referrals. They will know who the trustworthy inspectors are in your town. Once you find someone you trust and enjoy working with, stick with them. The hassle of switching is not worth saving a few bucks, which is all we're really taking about anyway.
I think you'll agree that getting a home inspection is one of the best things you can spend your money on when investing in residential property.
Now, go make more offers!
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