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Tip for finding the best home inspector:

Tip No. 1: Don’t trust an inspector simply because he or she has a state license or certification. All states that issue licenses require training, “but the training may be so minimal that it is ineffective,” Turner says.

So now what? Well, move on to Lesson No. 2.

Tip No. 2: Look for an inspector who is associated with a professional inspection organization. This can help weed out the truly fly-by-night inspectors, but it won’t catch all the bad actors. There is an alphabet soup of such groups, with wildly varying criteria for membership. In one, “you can send them a $60 check and you’ll be a member,” says Mike Kuhn, a New Jersey home inspector and co-author of “The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Home Inspections.”

Look for affiliation with groups such as NAHI, the National Institute of Building Inspectors, and the American Society of Home Inspectors, Minneapolis Home Inspector. These are some of the most reputable inspector associations, and their Web sites have a “find an inspector” service to locate a member in your area.

You can also study several home inspection organizations’ criteria for membership: how many homes a would-be member must have inspected; how much — if any — continuing education is required; whether an exam is required for admission, etc. Each is a little different. Inspectors who are fully certified by ASHI, the nation’s oldest such group, with 5,700 members, are required to have completed at least 250 paid professional home inspections and passed two written exams, for example.

 

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