WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR INSPECTOR
Unlike neighboring Georgia where home inspectors are still unlicensed, North Carolina was the second among a growing number of cutting-edge states to require home inspectors to meet very strict qualifications and to be licensed and regulated by the State. Our industry is maturing! Licensing and regulation give you some assurance that your home inspector is knowledgeable, has had to meet certain strict standards of competence and is not just another "gypsy" with a clipboard and a pen. We've all heard those horror stories!
It is unlawful to perform home inspections in North Carolina without holding a NC State Home Inspector's License. Larry Moyer is the only NC State Licensed Home Inspector working in Cherokee County who concentrates 100% on performing inspections full-time and not as an occasional second -hand sideline as some do. Larry has performed more than 15,000 residential and commercial inspections since 1991.
EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER
There's just no substitute for it; especially for an inspector. When you pay for a home inspection, you deserve a thorough, in-depth inspection done with an experienced eye. Your inspector must have developed his skills through his experience in the field, inspecting many different building types under many different conditions.
Don't hesitate to inquire about the number of inspections, professional experience and credentials and professional associations held by the inspector you call. He should not shrink from giving you honest, direct answers to your questions. Carefully evaluate the answers you get.
Some would have you believe that a contractor's license or a degree in architecture is an automatic ticket to being a good home inspector. Don't believe it! Here in the mountains, many contractors work only on building new construction projects and they have little knowledge or experience with older homes and their outdated, vintage systems. These "contractors" act simply as a coordinator for the actual work being done by their hands-on sub-contractors. Believe it or not, in North Carolina, licensed general contactors are not required to get continuing education for their annual state license renewal. Many "builders" in NC do not hold a GC license at all. Moreover, in Georgia, prior to 2007, historically there has been no such thing as a General Contractor's license available.
A good inspector will not make idle conversation while he's doing the inspection. He will approach his inspection with highly focused concentration and attention to his task. If you are able to attend the inspection, he will carefully spend ample time with you at the conclusion of his inspection to make certain that you and all parties (whom you designate) fully understand his findings before leaving the property. You should be comfortable with your thorough understanding of the condition of your prospective purchase by the time you leave the inspection. If you are not, your inspector has not fulfilled his committment to you. He should also be readily accessible to you after the inspection to answer any follow up questions which may arise.
THE INSPECTION REPORT
Beware of inspection reports which are hurriedly generated "on-site." The creation of a proper, thorough, in-depth, detailed inspection report with background comments and information can take additional hours of careful thought and deliberation. This task should never be done "horseback" with a few quick clicks on a portable computer.
Choosing the wrong home inspector can be very costly.
CHOOSE EXPERIENCE !