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Are you buying a home? It’s probably the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make. This is not the time to shop for a cheap home inspector. The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the value of the home being inspected. The additional cost of hiring an InterNACHI-Certified Professional Inspector® is almost insignificant.

You have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, shopping for mortgages, and trying to get the best deals. Don’t stop now. Don’t let your real estate agent or anyone else talk you into skimping on inspection fees. InterNACHI-certified inspectors perform the best inspections by far.

InterNACHI-certified inspectors earn their fees many times over. They do more, they deserve more, and — yes — they generally charge a little more. Do yourself a favor… and pay more for the quality inspection you deserve.

The licensing of home inspectors only sets a minimum standard. Much like being up to code, any less would be illegal. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, front ends its membership requirements.

InterNACHI Inspectors:

  • Must Complete InterNACHI’s online Code of Ethics Course and receive a passing grade.

  • Must take InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice Course and receive a passing grade of at least 80%

  • Submit a signed Membership Affidavit

  • Substantially adhere to InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice

  • Abide by InterNACHI’s Code of Ethics

  • Must Submit four mock inspection reports to InterNACHI’s Report Review Committee before performing their first paid home inspection for a client.

  • Within the first year of membership, must successfully pass several online accredited self-paced courses and successfully pass exams.

  • Pursue inspection-related training by taking 24 hours of additional accredited Continuing Education each year.

  • Have access to InterNACHI’s time-tested Inspection Agreement which keeps the inspector and their clients away from lawsuits.

  • Have access to InterNACHI’s Report Review/Mentoring Service

  • Have access to many benefits including training, marketing tools, and information to help themselves as well as consumers and real estate professionals.

The next time you need a Home Inspector or need to recommend one to a family member or friend, make sure that the inspector is a Certified Home Inspector and a member of InterNACHI.

Article provided in part by InterNACHI.

Summited by John Schuler, Certified Home Inspector

J&H Home Inspections, LLC

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