Edward and Leeanne McEntire, certified home inspectors, answer some of the most frequently asked questions related to house inspections and their work:
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask a lot of questions because not all inspectors are equal. Some in the home inspection industry are retirees from unrelated fields who are looking for a way to keep busy. Ask about the inspector's background. Ask how long the inspection will take. If they say an hour, you may not getting a complete inspection. Ask what style of report they use. Narrative style reports are best because they give more complete information. Also ask if the inspector is licensed and of what professional organizations they are members. Do they have client reviews and where can you find them?
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Our lead inspector, Edward has been in home renovations for more than twenty years. Seeing so many problems that home owners wanted repaired has given him an insight into which types of defects will lead to major problems in the future. Sometimes an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. When he decided to change careers, he knew his past experience as a renovator would give him an edge over other inspectors.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Eight hours of continuing education are required each year to renew an inspector's license, but the professional organization we are members of, InterNACHI, requires we have 24 hours a year. We easily exceed even this standard every year.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The home inspection industry is regulated by the CIB - Construction Industries Board. They are charged with licensing inspectors and enforcing the law that governs home inspectors. This law lays out the SOP - standards of practice - which is a list of items every inspector is required to check on each inspection. The list is so extensive that no one could do it in just one hour but at New Horizons Inspections, we don't believe the minimum requirement is a good job. We always exceed the minimum.
Why shouldn't a client just let their real estate agent choose the inspector?
Agents will choose an inspector with their best interest in mind not the home buyer's best interest. They usually pick inspectors with check list reports that give very little information, which they believe will keep their client calm. Don't misunderstand us, we're not implying your agent might be dishonest or trying to take advantage of you, but they are in business to make money for themselves. You need an inspector whose only allegiance is your interest. If your agent routinely recommends the same inspector, that inspector has a vested interest in keeping that relationship in tack so the inspector's allegiance may be divided.
Our customers often ask, “if you were looking at buying this house, would you buy it?”
We tell them, “No one can really tell if a house is right for you but you.” We can help by going through the inspection report with them and explaining all the issues we have found. Still potential home buyers often don't understand what will be involved in correcting the problems. That's why we take the time to answer all their questions, explaining which defects are easily or inexpensively corrected and which should be explored further before they close the sale. We consider it part of our service to take a little of the fear out of the home buying experience by giving the client the information they need.
May I make a payment online?
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Home inspectors in Oklahoma City serving Edmond, Yukon, Moore and Norman. For more information or to schedule an inspection in Oklahoma City or anywhere in the metro, call Edward or Leeanne McEntire at 405-639-7408 or email us.