With most insurance companies requiring an inspection before giving out a policy, there has never been a better time to be an inspector. Therefore, you need to take extra care when hiring an apparent professional.
The building inspection industry is unregulated and leaves room for people to conduct inspections that don’t tick all the necessary boxes. This is why you need to be sure of the criteria required and find someone who provides the correct service.
Were They Recommended?
The best option is to pick someone who has a verified service – either from a personal or professional recommendation. This will help ensure you are getting what you paid for and prevent any nasty surprises.
If you don’t have anyone you can ask, a thorough internet search is sure to dig up any potential dirt on your chosen company.
Ensure They Check Council Records
This is becoming an increasing problem when trying to purchase home insurance as around 20% of properties have a form of illegal building work. Insurance companies will not insure this work and it can be a huge problem for the occupants.
A thorough check will compare property plans with the house as it stands and will be able to identify work done without permission. This will prevent any hidden errors from appearing later and potentially affecting a claim.
Will The Inspection Be To Standard?
There is usually a guideline of good practice that you can find regarding inspections to educate yourself on what is required. You can then ask them specifically instead of assuming the conducted checks.
A good way to make sure your inspector is a good fit is if they are part of an organization or company.
Ask to see an example as the quality of builders’ reports can range from verbal to written to a comprehensive guide. By receiving an example, you can be certain it is up to standard.
You will need a written report as if you discover a fault later that was pre-existing, it can become a who said what battle. It is also a document you can attach to an insurance application if required.
Will They Check The Whole House?
The roof can be one of the most unpredictable parts of a house both old and new. There can be leaks, missing panels, rust, and a whole range of other problems.
Some inspectors will check it from the ground or on a ladder, but others will physically get on the roof. If you can find someone willing to go the extra mile then you will get a far more comprehensive report that highlights all issues and potential problems.