I had an interesting conversation with a neighbor in my driveway last week which started like this, “A co-worker told me that anyone can be a home inspector and that you do not need any certification to be one”. He further said “I read that all they do is make sure appliances or outlets work and anyone can do that….Why pay $350.00 – $450.00 to have that done. Right?” I said, “Nothing could be further from the truth”. Rather than feeling insulted, I took some time to take advantage of this opportunity to be one of those “teachable moments”. I proceeded to show him the thousands of pictures taken from clients properties of safety and code violations. I also showed him a few of my detailed reports.
- In the state of Wisconsin, all professional home inspectors must be certified through the Department of Safety and Professional Services. which includes passing a state and federal exam and providing 40 credits of education every 2 years. To present an esteemed ASHI or InterNACHI logo as a certified home inspector, you must pass a minimum of 250 fee-paid home inspections that meet or exceed the ASHI or InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
- A quality home inspection reveals the condition of a home. Once the buyer puts an offer on a house and requests an inspection, the detailed report may give you one last opportunity to back out of the offer. It may also give you a good negotiating tool to ask for a price reduction or credit from the seller.
- A Home Inspector gives you added protection to assist you in unforeseen costs of equipment that might be nearing its expected life cycle for budgeting purposes. Additionally, we examine the premise for safety issues like Carbon Monoxide, mold, radon or code violations. Simply, we inspect the quality, safety, and overall condition of a house.
- Few of us have the expertise to identify electrical, plumbing and structural problems. Combine that with the emotional factors of buying a home, and it’s easy to see why potential buyers are not the ones who need to do the inspecting. Wolf Home Inspection requests that you accompany your home inspector so you can ask questions and see the good and not-so-good for yourself.