Choosing The Right Maine Home Inspector
Choosing the right Maine home inspector is similar to selecting a real estate agent. You are entrusting them with what will most likely be the largest purchase of your life. Research should begin online, personal referrals, and your real estate agent. Family members and close friends that have used a home inspector are all great places to start. It is important to note that their job is to inspect the underlying infrastructure of the home; plumbing, electric, structure, and roof. They will make recommendations based on their findings and suggest bringing a professional to look more closely at any concerns. Maine is currently one of twenty states that don’t require licensing for home inspectors; even more, a reason to carefully research your selection.
Certification courses are available to give aspiring Maine home inspectors the tools they will need to have a successful career. One organization that sets one home inspector apart from the rest is the Maine Coalition of Home Inspection Professionals. All members have met membership requirements and are bound to abide by the bylaws, standards of practice, and code of ethics of the organization. You can visit the MeCHIPS website to locate a compliant home inspector in your area.
Another option would be choosing someone who has made a commitment to meet the professional requirements of the American Society Of Home Inspectors (ASHI). This certification is only awarded to Inspectors that have completed stringent qualification requirements. Joining ASHI gives the home inspector the right to use the logo and to present themselves as ASHI Certified Home Inspectors by meeting the four criteria:
- Industry Knowledge – Members must pass a national home inspectors exam that is administered by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspections.
- Ethics And Standards – Members, must also complete the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code Of Ethics education module.
- Experience – Before attaining full membership, inspectors must perform 250 property examinations.
- Continuing Education – All ASHI members must stay current on various topics by completing 20 hours of Continuing Education credits each year. The easiest way to start your search for a qualified home inspector is by visiting www.ASHI.org.
In closing, you should never feel pressured to use any particular home inspector. When I first got into the business, I was taught to recommend three and let the purchaser choose. Real estate agents are your guide and should make recommendations based on past positive experiences.