It doesn’t matter if you’re buying or selling a house, the most important thing is to ensure that your house can one day become a home. In order to do so, the house needs to be properly inspected by the right qualified inspector for you. Be sure to retain a home inspection company with the top credentials. Any home inspection company that is in good standing with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), the largest non-profit for commercial and residential inspectors is the best option. But what standards do you look for within those certifications?
The top home inspection companies will have years of experience, extensive training and provide great customer service, but as previously mentioned, look for a home inspector with the top credentials. You may find some with a state license or simply mold and water qualifications; however, the NACHI sets other home inspectors apart by providing the inspectors with free access to a number of learning tools and a wide range of qualifications.
These top home inspectors have to abide by the NACHI Code of Ethics, as well as complete the “ethics obstacle course” which ensures they are aware of their ethical duties as a home inspector. As far as the Code of Ethics goes, home inspectors must practice a few key principles:
- Duty to the public, signifying that, “the InterNACHI member shall be fair, honest, impartial, and act in good faith in dealing with the public, as well as, be truthful regarding his/her services and qualifications.”
- Duty of Continuing Education, which states, “the InterNACHI member shall comply with the NACHI’s current Continuing Education requirements and pass the Online Inspector Exam once every three years.”
- Duty to the Profession and to InterNACHI. This stands for the idea that “each NACHI home inspector shall strive to improve the home inspection industry by sharing his/her lessons and/or experiences for the benefit of all.”
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors promotes a high standard of professionalism and inspection procedures. NACHI members will take part in an ethical obstacle course exam, which ensures they understand and practice these values day in and day out. Such an ethics exam includes: 1 Continuing Education hour, three quizzed, one final exam and a certificate of completion.
Not only that, but these home inspectors must have signed and submitted an affidavit legally agreeing that they have and will continue to adhere to all NACHI standards, ethics and education requirements. Companies get free access to dozens of certification programs, as well as, unlimited, free access to hundreds of hours of pre-licensing and Continuing Education.
The best home inspection companies complete thorough, and comprehensive examinations in courses ranging in everything from: roofing, to safety, to even moisture intrusion and polybutylene plumbing. Some of these concepts may be intimidating to the general consumer; however, you can take comfort in knowing that the inspectors will spend time with you after each and every inspection to thoroughly explain and answer any questions you may have.
Not every inspector is qualified enough to be considered for the NACHI, but when you find one that is, take a sigh of relief in knowing that you will receive quality service from a knowledgeable and trusted company. Whether or not you are buying or selling a house, don’t forget to hire the best professionals in the field of home inspections.
At Georgia Pro Inspection Company we serve all of Metro Atlanta with reliable home inspection services. We perform detailed home inspections and provide easy to read information with illustrated reports regarding your home. Call us today at (770) 655-0536 for your more information.