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FAQs


Why are credentials so important?

Almost anyone who has a little desire, some common sense, and a week to spare can study for and pass the Home Inspectors exam.

So if almost anyone can get a license to become a Home Inspector, what other credentials will help me choose the right Inspector?

A background in construction is helpful. A State or Federal building Inspector credential helps too. Even though codes are not typically part of a home inspection, knowing the codes will help minimize your financial exposure if the current home owner did some of the remodeling himself. The problems go with the property, not the guy that did the work.

Why is being certified by the Building Performance Institute so important?

BPI certification is not easy to acquire. It shows that your inspector is dedicated to helping you know more about Safety, Durability and Energy Savings.

Learn more about BPI credentialing at www.bpi.org

Is Radon a problem in my new neighborhood?

Here’s the link to the WI Dept of Health Radon Website by Zip Code: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/radiation/radon/Measurements/INDEX.htm

Can't I just test for Radon myself after I move in?

Sure, but if you find out the house has high levels of Radon before you buy it, you may be able get a credit for the cost of installing a mitigation system.

Why is being a member of WAFRP so important?

The WI Association of Foundation Repair Professionals (www.wafrp.com) set up the guidelines for foundation repair. Since a home inspection is to detect observable conditions, your average home inspector may not take measurements of the foundation wall movement or does not adequately know how to interpret the results of the measurements. You do not want to buy a home and find out a few years later that the foundation wall should have been repaired before you bought it. Foundation repairs are typically the most costly home repairs you will encounter. Minimize your risk of future problems by hiring an inspector that knows foundations.

What does it mean that you work as an Expert Witness?

An Expert Witness can testify as to the quality of workmanship when substandard contractors work on your home or worked on the home you are buying. It’s wise to have an experienced inspector look at your potential home so you are not just falling in love with the cosmetics of the house.

What’s the advantage of hiring an inspector who brings a Thermal Imaging camera to the inspection?

If you have in-floor or in-ceiling heat, if you have cathedral ceilings, if you have paneling on the basement walls, the IR images will often tell you if your heat runs are missing or damaged, if your ceilings or walls have voids and sometimes if there are signs of moisture behind basement wall covering.