How Do You Choose a Good Inspector?

The right inspector for you must possess good credentials, a good reputation and the right skills (see "What are the Qualifications of an Inspector?"). The inspector must also be able to communicate with you and provide you with the various services you need. The inspector must work for you: he/she must be independent and not beholding to realtors, contractors or other parties involved in the transaction.

Start with referrals from friends and colleagues. Talk to the inspector on the phone: Ask about the services offered; inquire about the inspector's qualifications; talk about the specialization(s) required in the inspection of the home in question; and, understand the cost of the services.