How to Locate a Competent Building Inspector

If you lack the construction knowledge and experience needed to conduct a thorough property inspection, I highly recommend you hire a licensed professional building inspector to snoop around and inspect potential option properties for you. A word of caution: The home and building inspection profession has more than its fair share of phonies, fakes, frauds, and scam artists. I attribute this problem to the fact that most states do not have any licensing requirements whatsoever for home or building inspectors. For example, in Florida, anyone can become a home inspector, simply by obtaining a city or county occupational business license. The best advice that I can give you is to use an inspector who is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors, which has very strict membership requirements. You can log on to their web site to find members who are located in your area at www.ashi.org/find.

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