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What Does Internachi Certified Home Inpector Mean?

You have decided that a home inspection is in your near future, and you realize that is the smart move — the money-saving move. Naturally, you want a trained, experienced eye to evaluate your property and apprise you of any issues with the structure. Since you are visiting our website, you are likely either purchasing a home or planning to sell your home and are doing your homework before making a final commitment. Perhaps you already own the property and want to be sure you are maintaining all aspects of your current home. KDG Home Inspections can help you with all of these.Perhaps you have already learned that home inspection in Wisconsin is supervised by the Department of Regulation and Licensing. It is for the consumers’ protection that Home Inspectors are licensed by the state. Enhanced Professionalism Offered by InterNACHI Membership While state certification is good, it is just the first step in becoming a top-notch Home Inspector. On this site, you will discover that I am also an “InterNACHI Certified Home Inspector.” I am proud of my association with the International Home Inspectors Inc., also known as InterNACHI. It is the largest professional association for home inspectors and has stringent requirements for membership. InterNACHI is a non-profit organization based here in the United States. Its members number about 50,000 and are located in all 50 states, Canada, and at least 65 other countries. Each of us is an entrepreneur striving to be the best in our field. InterNACHI helps us achieve and maintain a professional edge that gets us talked about — in a good way. Members of this premier organization are required to adhere to InterNACHI’s strict Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. To join InterNACHI, a home inspector can’t just go online, log in and pay dues. In order to become a member of this prestigious organization, an inspector must pass exams, demonstrate on-the-job expertise by submitting five home inspections for grading by InterNACHI personnel, and must continue his/her education in order to provide clients with always-improving, superior home-inspection service. Imagine how much things have changed in home construction products from the time the historic home you are purchasing was built. Its plumbing may be decades old. To properly evaluate such a home, an inspector must be highly trained, skilled and experienced. InterNACHI gives me that. Even if a house is just a couple of decades old, problems have had time to develop. Training and experience are your best chance of getting a valuable assessment of any issues with this property. Here, too, InterNACHI has polished my skills to help me give you the most informative report on which to base your decisions. So, whether you are buying and want to avoid expensive, unforeseen problems or are selling and want to fix problem areas before listing the property, a thorough home inspection can save you time and money. A reliable assessment of your property requires the services of a highly trained, experienced professional. A Home Inspector’s membership in InterNACHI assures you that the inspector is serious about professionalism — both in the technical aspects needed to do the job and in operating a business with the highest ethics. We at KDG consider ethics and our reputation particularly important as our clients are not just professional acquaintances but friends and neighbors here in Southeast Wisconsin. To maintain a good reputation in business, an inspector must provide clients with the highest-quality work. To do that, he/she must keep abreast of new developments and technology. Why InterNACHI Members Never Stop Learning My membership in InterNACHI assists with that....

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Questions for Your Home Inspector

Questions for Your Home Inspector

For anyone that wants to know the true condition of a home, a home inspection is a necessity. Whether you are thinking of selling your house, interested in buying a house, or you already own a home and want to know of any potential problems, a professional home inspection can give you the answers you are looking for. But the home inspection checklist must be conducted by someone who knows what he or she is doing. At KDG Home Inspections, we encourage our customers to be informed about the inspection process. The following is a list of questions that you should ask any home inspector before you hire someone. Inspections are conducted to get answers, but those answers will only be accurate if the inspector meets the right criteria. Questions For Your Home Inspector 1. What experience do you have? Every qualified inspector will be able to list his or her experience in the field. Things like how many years worked in the industry, how many homes inspected and a list of referrals are all information you want to know. Of course, a new inspector can do a great job as well, and will often explain that he or she has the assistance of a more experienced inspector if it is needed. 2. What does the home inspection include? You want to know what the inspection will cover, and whether it will meet all applicable guidelines required by the state. Ask to review a copy of the home inspection checklist that the inspector will use, and don’t hesitate to ask him or her to review specific things on the home as necessary. 3. How long will you take to conduct the inspection? You want an inspector that will take his or her time with the inspection. On average, reviewing a single-family home takes around two to three hours. The bigger the house, the longer the inspection will probably take. If the property is big enough, it could require more than one inspector. Be cautious of any inspector that promises a faster inspection than this. 4. How much does the inspection cost? There are no regulations determining what a home inspection should cost, so the charge for an inspection may vary widely by provider and based on the property. However, the inspector should be able to give you an estimate based on your specific property. 5. Can I come with you on the inspection? Attending the inspection is a great way to learn more about the home your are examining, and something we at KDG are more than happy to accommodate. By going along with the inspector, you can get a much better understanding of the condition of the home and what “good” means when it comes to different parts of your house. 6. What do your reports look like and how long does it take to receive them? The information gathered by the home inspector is only useful if you can understand it. Ask to see an example of what a report looks like and verify that it gives you the information you want. It should only take about 24 hours for the report to be finished, so expect a quick turnaround. 7. Do you stay up-to-date with your inspection training? The best home inspectors never stop learning. Make sure your inspector takes the time to continue his or her education through training and classes. This is especially true when you want an inspector to look at an older house, or a home with a lot of new technologies. You want to know that the inspector has the know-how...

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