American Society of
Home Inspectors
The Great Lakes Chapter
Inspector Search
Contact: (734) 284-4501

How To Select A Professional Home Inspector

Common ways buyers select a home inspector.

    • web site search
    • Referrals
    • Realtors
    • Attorneys
    • Mortgage Brokers
    • Friends or family

Questions you can ask a home inspector:

  • Do you work full or part time as an inspector?
  • How long have you (or your company) been in business?
  • How many inspections did you conduct last year?
  • Do you have any special qualifications or certifications?
    • Home inspectors are not licensed in some states, but some have engineering, architectural or contractor backgrounds. Membership in ASHI is a plus, as they attend continuing education on a regular basis. Ask what standards of practice they follow.
    • Home inspectors earn certifications such as ACI, IBR, and MIBR.  Click on each certification to learn more about them.
  • What does your inspection cover?
    • A good inspector covers all of the major mechanical and structural systems, from top to bottom.
  • How long does an inspection take?
    • A typical inspection will take between 2 – 4 hours, depending on size and age.

Most of all make sure you hire a home inspector who is well qualified and will work well with you.