The Green Bay area has approximately 12-15 home inspectors that service NE Wisconsin.
Hiring a home inspector is a lot like choosing a doctor or a dentist for your family. Chances are, you won't get a chance to meet him/her until the day of your appointment. So how do you decide who to call? A google search for home inspectors in the Green Bay area will provide you with several suggestions. Start with reading reviews from past clients. When customers are satisfied with the overall home inspection experience, they are going to want to let other people know. The same should be said of people who were not satisfied with their home inspection. Leaving a negative review on a business page is sometimes a way to vent frustration with part, or all of the services they paid for.
Now that you have established the online reputation of your local home inspectors, it's time to narrow down the list and contact them. But, before you do that, let's think about what kind of information you should be looking for, prior to scheduling a home inspection. Obviously price is going to be a factor. No one wants to pay more than they have to. The average price for a home inspection in the Green Bay area will average around $300 for a 1500-2000 sq. ft. ranch. Most home inspector's prices are based on size and age. You could expect to pay a bit more for a home that is over 40 yrs. old. The older the home, the more likely it has been updated a few times, and the work that has been done in the home is not always up to par with modern building and safety standards. But also remember, problems can exist in newer homes as well.
Another question that could be asked, is what type of report should I expect to receive after the inspection? There are many different reporting options that home inspectors can use. From the simple checklist of items that were inspected, with boxes checked in each category that marks the component as good, average, or poor, to more sophisticated reporting software. Digital home inspection software allows the inspector to create a well organized and easy to follow report, that includes pictures and descriptions of issues found during a home inspection. This report can typically be emailed the same day as the inspection. I'll leave it up to you to decide which type of report that you would rather receive.
Some other questions that should be asked when hiring a home inspector:
1. How do you inspect the roof?
Problems can exist on a roof that typically can't be identified from the ground. I should point out that a home inspector is not required to climb on to any roof, by the standards of practice in the state of Wisconsin. I, personally make every effort to get onto the roof if at all possible, for the benefit of my clients.
2. How long does a home inspection typically take?
Most inspections are completed in 2 1/2-3 hrs. If the home is older, or in generally poor condition, then some extra time should be expected.
3. Should I attend the inspection?
I highly recommend that my clients attend the home inspection, if possible. This time is a great opportunity to learn about the location and function of the systems of the home.
4. What if I have questions after I receive my inspection report?
A good home inspector should make themselves available after the inspection. Sometimes questions come up about items in the report and further explanation may be necessary.