CREIA Cautions — Do Not Choose Your Home Inspector Based on Fees Alone
February 2008 (Palm Springs, Calif.) — Members of the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) report that the overwhelming number of callers looking for a home inspection only ask the inspector what his/her fee is. This is of great concern as anyone, even the caller, can offer a home inspection service as there are no government requirements for experience or training of home inspectors in California.
In the current housing market, with the highest number of distress sales in recent history, buyers are advised to use extra caution, particularly when making an offer on any property being sold “as is”. Whether it is a resale property or brand new construction, a poor inspection can cost the buyer many times the difference in the fees of a good inspection. Even if the seller appears to be very diligent in disclosing all know conditions, there can be conditions of which the seller is not aware.
CREIA members understand that the cost involved in a real estate transaction is substantial and that most buyers are very concerned about their budget during this time. Home inspectors’ education, training and experience vary widely with the individual. Buyers can best protect themselves by hiring the most qualified inspector they can afford. With hundreds of thousands of dollars at risk, a thorough inspection by a highly qualified inspector is a buyer’s best opportunity to protect their investment.
Homebuyers and sellers are urged to retain the services of qualified inspectors trained and experienced in home inspection. It is also very important that the inspector be a member of a well-founded professional association such as CREIA. Established in 1976, CREIA is the largest and oldest state inspection association in the country. CREIA inspectors must adhere to CREIA's Code of Ethics and follow the Standards of Practice developed and maintained by the Association. Recognized by the State of California, these Standards of Practice are considered the source for Home Inspector Standard of Care by the real estate and legal communities.
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