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As a buyer, you are putting a lot of trust into the property inspector, but how do you know for sure that they are providing a legitimate report unless you ask the questions.

Not only will asking questions give you peace of mind about their qualifications and experience, but it will also keep them honest throughout the inspection process.

This is also a great checklist to help you compare different companies.

1. How long has the business been operating for?
The longer the business has been around for the better. You may even be able to get a referral from one of their previous customers. It would also be worth it to see if they are a part of any continuous training programs. This will show that they are committed to staying up to date with requirements. You could also look online at their website and social media sites to see if what they are saying is correct.

2. What will it cost?
This is a particularly important question if you are on a tight budget. There is nothing worse than having a number in your head and then when it comes time to pay, the price is double, even triple what you expected. If the inspector gives you a number in the beginning, you will know what work you can or can’t afford. It will also help keep the inspector on track.

3. What qualifications do they have?
Find out how long they have been doing inspections and what qualification they have. Pest inspectors usually need to be licenced to do so but building inspectors may just have their building licence. You want to ensure you are getting an accurate report on the state of the house so the more experience they can demonstrate the better.

4. What is included in the report?
By asking this question before they start, you can use it as a checklist when looking through the finished report. This also gives you the chance to add in any other areas you would like to have checked. Asking for a sample report is a great way to see how detailed the inspector is and will give you an idea of what to expect.

5. What is the waiting time for receiving the report?
This will give you a timeframe to work with and will also give the inspector a deadline so you will not be waiting for weeks. Some inspectors can give a verbal report on the day of the inspection. This can be helpful for you as the inspection will be fresh in their mind and they can relay specific details, so it’s worth it to see if they can give you a call after the inspection.

A property inspection could affect the asking price of the property, so it is important that the inspection is done thoroughly. These questions are just a guide, so if there are more questions specific to the property you are looking at, make sure to ask them.