4 Tips to Choosing a Building Inspector

Don’t settle for the first building inspector who comes up in your Google search! Do yourself and your home or business a favor, and take some time to choose the best inspection company for the job. Burgess Inspections, Inc. of Richmond, VA has four tips for selecting a quality building inspector.

1. Get referrals and read reviews.

Begin asking friends, family members, or perhaps professional trade organizations about a reputable building inspector in your area. Make sure you find out whether the inspection was residential or commercial, and what types of services the building inspector offered.

You can make a short list of potential building inspectors based on the referrals. Then, take some time to do some more digging. Read online customer reviews. The building inspector may have customer reviews on their company website, or you can utilize other consumer or service review sites, like Angie’s List or the Better Business Bureau.

2. Interview at least three inspectors.

You want someone you can trust so you can move forward and make solid real estate decisions. Interviewing a building inspector (whether on the phone or in person) allows you to get a feel for his or her customer service, experience, professionalism, and much more. If you don’t feel comfortable with a building inspector after an interview, cross that company off the list.

3. Research their credentials.

Make sure the building inspector is experienced, certified, insured, and has a solid reputation in your area. You want to make sure the building inspection team members are fully trained and qualified. Also, being a part of professional trade organizations (both local and national) can indicate a commitment to the field and a desire to meet industry standards.

4. Get some guarantees.

Finding a building inspector who offers a written guarantee and/or warranty is ideal. In case surprises do pop up after an inspection, you want to make sure you’re covered.

For a quality building inspection in the Richmond area, call Burgess Inspections at (804) 794-1423. To get to know more about our building inspectors and company values, check out our website at www.burgessinspects.com.