Two Questions Every Home Inspector Should Be Asked
Does your home inspector walk the roof? The answer may surprise you. Not all home inspectors walk roofs. In fact, InterNachi, the leading association of home inspectors, does not require inspectors to walk roofs. Some inspectors strictly use drones to complete roof inspections, and others use binoculars while standing on a ladder. At Paradise Home Inspections, we believe the inspector is more likely to miss important finding unless the roof is walked. Nothing beats being able to see, touch, and closely observe the roof. Doing so helps the inspector gain valuable insight. Certain circumstances may preclude us from walking the roof. When the roof is slippery, steep, or in fragile condition, we may employ the use of a drone. Otherwise, we walk every roof to best help us observe and evaluate it’s condition.
Does your home inspector run the appliances? Another grey area in home inspections. Again, InterNachi does not require appliances to be run as part of their Standards of Practice. At Paradise Home Inspections, we go above and beyond. We run a full cycle on dishwashers and washing machines. We test microwaves and stove burners to make sure they are operational. Although these items are not actual components of the major systems of a home, they are often included in the purchase and should be evaluated during the home inspections.