Choosing A Home Inspector

As the client, your home inspector is your choice.  When making that choice it is your responsibility to perform a due-diligence evaluation of the inspector candidates you are considering.  Ask Questions!  At the very least, evaluate………….

Credentials

Your home inspector must be certified/licensed by the State of Wisconsin.  By visiting https://app.wi.gov/licensesearch you can find out if your home inspector candidates hold a current, valid credential.

Bottom Line’s Bruce Low holds current, valid Wisconsin Home Inspector and Rental Weatherization Program Inspector licenses and here’s the proof

Continuing Education

Your home inspector must comply with the State of Wisconsin’s minimum continuing education requirement of 40 CE credit hours during each biennial registration period as specified at https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/sps/professional_services/131/131.pdf.  Home inspectors who fail to comply are operating illegally, and are irresponsibly putting their clients’ interests at risk.

In 2013 the State performed an audit, and the results were alarming. Only 37% of Wisconsin registered home inspectors were in compliance.  Disciplinary actions are under way, and it is anticipated some licenses will be revoked.  Furthermore, some inspectors have elected to surrender their license.

Rest assured that Bottom Line’s Bruce Low is in full compliance, consistently exceeding the State’s requirements by averaging 80-100 CE credits per biennial registration period, and here’s the proof through 2012 and the proof for 2013 and the proof for 2014 and the proof for 2015.

Insurance

Your home inspector should be insured and bonded with coverage at least including:

  • • General Liability
  • • Professional Liability (Errors & Omissions)
  • • Honesty Bond

Bottom Line Home Inspection is fully insured and bonded, and here’s the proof.

Insurance and bonding costs money and there are home inspectors that avoid this expense (it is our largest) in favor of irresponsibly putting their clients’ interests at risk.

Career

Your home inspector should be a committed career home inspector, not an inexperienced “hobby” inspector that has a different full time job and only moonlights as a home inspector a few times a month.

Bottom Line’s Bruce Low is a full time inspector.  It is his career!  He is so committed that home inspection trumps everything, even, sadly, Packers games (yes, he works Sundays too).

Experience

Your home inspector should have at least several years of experience performing home inspections on a full time basis and at least 500 inspections logged.  It also helps to have a construction related background.

Bottom Line Home Inspection was founded by Bruce Low in 2004, and he has performed well over 2500 inspections.  He also has an extensive construction related professional resume and here’s the proof

Training

Your home inspector should have formal training in the home inspection field.

Bottom Line’s Bruce Low is a 2004 graduate of the American Home Inspectors Training Institute and here’s the proof

Trade Organization Affiliation

Your home inspector should be a member of a home inspection trade organization, particularly the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI).  WAHI members have access to training and educational opportunities not available to non-members.  More importantly, they must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics which you can review at http://www.wahigroup.com/page-18074 on page 16.

Bottom Line’s Bruce Low is a member of WAHI and is a former member of their Board of Directors, which you can confirm at http://www.wahigroup.com/Sys/PublicProfile/25673365/3644927.  Bruce also is a member of WAHI’s Peer Review and Public Relations Committees.

WAHI membership costs money and there are home inspectors that avoid this expense in favor of sacrificing an expanded knowledge base.

References

Your home inspector candidate should be able to provide you with contact information for several clients, colleagues and real estate agents willing to share their home inspection experience with you.

Bottom Line Home Inspection is pleased to provide contact information for a variety of references upon request.

Compliance

Your home inspector should require 3-4 hours to thoroughly inspect an average home and comply fully with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Standards of Practice (SOP) for Home Inspectors.  You can review Wisconsin’s standards at https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/sps/professional_services/131/131.pdf  which are minimum standards, and Bottom Line Home Inspection does not subscribe to “minimums.”

Avoid home inspectors who will finish an inspection in 2-2.5 hours and/or schedule 3 or 4 inspections in a day.  It will be difficult for them to be thorough and compliant.

Bottom Line Home Inspection schedules no more than 2 standard inspections in a day, and allows at least a 4 hour time slot to do each.  Clients can rest assured that they will have the time necessary to fully understand the home’s condition, have questions answered and get valuable operating, maintenance and repair tips.

Competitive

Cheap is not what you want when making the largest investment in your life.  You want to be sure you fully understand the condition of the home, and be aware of hazards that may be present.  You and your family will live in the home, and it will be part of your “portfolio.”  The inspection fee is no place to skimp!

You want to avoid cut-throat priced inspectors.  There’s a reason they are cheap, and you will get what you pay for.  Your home inspector should be competitively priced, and the best may be on the higher end of the price range.

The Bottom Line

Remember, you are hiring a home inspector to protect your best interests.  Bottom Line’s Bruce Low makes these investments to help him do just that.

Bottom Line Home Inspection works for you, and only you.  You will receive the most objective, thorough, comprehensive and accurate inspection available.  Protecting our clients’ interests is our mission and responsibility.  Bottom Line’s Bruce Low is..

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