Why Black Iron Inspections?
We are certified inspectors, certified through InterNACHI® .
We follow rigid guidelines set up through our business association- InterNACHI® .
Licensing of home inspectors, where required, only sets a minimum standard. Much like being up to code, anything less would be illegal. Under this low bar, theoretically, anyone without proper training, can be home inspectors. Other home inspection associations have no entrance requirements and worse, encourage their associates to go out and perform actual inspections for unsuspecting consumers as the only way to achieve full membership. InterNACHI® finds this practice unconscionable. InterNACHI® turns down more than 60% of the inspectors who want to join InterNACHI® because they can't pass the Inspectors Exam, and turns down 90% of those left because they can't fulfill the membership requirements.
To become a certified InterNACHI® member, an inspector must complete each of the following requirements:
Join InterNACHI® ;
Complete InterNACHI® 's online Code of Ethics Course;
Once you've completed the above requirements you must:
Sign your affidavit to become a certified member;
Substantially adhere to the InterNACHI Standards of Practice or the standard required by law in your jurisdiction;
Abide by the InterNACHI Code of Ethics;
Maintain an online member Continuing Education Log.
So make sure your home inspector is a member of InterNACHI, and never use a candidate or associate of any other association. InterNACHI® is America's elite home inspection association!
Why do I need a certified home inspector?
Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it's important to get a home inspection. The inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs, to severe damage or safety and health concerns. Additionally, most mortgage companies require a home inspection on a property before approving the home loan. Read InterNACHI® ’s Top 10 Reasons to Get a Home Inspection.
Where can I find a home inspector in my area?
There are several ways to find a home inspector. You may be able to find one online or in local ads. You may also find inspectors' brochures by visiting a real estate office. There is no single method that is superior when it comes to finding an inspector who's right for your inspection needs.
Below are some online resources for finding a home inspector near you:
How much will an inspection cost?
Depending on the home's age, size, and location, as well as the home inspector's own work protocols and ethic, your home inspection may take up to four hours or more. Adding square footage, outbuildings and/or ancillary services (such as mold or radon testing) will increase that time. It may be necessary for your inspector to bring in an assistant for a very large property. If your general home inspection takes significantly less than two to three hours, it may indicate that the inspector was not thorough enough. So all of the above factors contribute to the overall cost which your inspector will quote prior to the actual inspection.
Can the home inspector also repair any defects he or she finds, and do I have to be there?
What if your home inspector is also a licensed contractor? Sounds great, right? Not always. Although it may seem convenient to have an inspector who is also a contractor, it poses a conflict of interest. According to InterNACHI's Code of Ethics:
The InterNACHI® member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to the structure for which the member or member's company has prepared a home
inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems that are not included in the InterNACHI® Standards of Practice.
If an inspector financially benefits from finding any defects, this can impact the accuracy of the report (whether intentional or not). Make sure the inspector you hire abides by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
You should attend the inspection, and you should reconsider hiring an inspector who doesn't allow this. You can learn a lot by following an inspector through the home. You will certainly gain a better understanding of the home's condition, which will give you insight into its potential sale points and defects. Additionally, you will likely learn information about the home's maintenance, systems and components that may provide useful for the transaction.