How do you choose a home inspector?

How do you choose a home inspector? More important - What advice do Realtors give their clients when shopping for a home inspector? Are there 4 questions every homebuyer should ask?

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April 14 2013 - Thousand Oaks
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If you have a good realtor, they will always have established a solid relationship with a reliable home inspector.  Your realtor should have completed many previous inspections with them and had positive feedback from previous clients.  You should never be left to handle the stress of finding a home inspector alone.  That is why you have agent representation!  Best of luck on your purchase. 
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August 20 2013
Yikes...that picture scares the heck outta me!
Anyway, we had presentations given at our office meetings and my first Inspector was a recommendation from another Realtor, and one who had presented at our office.
They did a very good job and they are on my list of recommended tradespeople. I always let the buyer choose, and the last two buyers of mine picked inspectors off of a good online company called "Angie's list".
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April 28 2013
Check out http://www.mazzainspections.com 
Marc incorporates everything I expect from an inspector from his qualifications, inspections, reports, tools and tests done. 
My theory is to have everything called out as possible. I rather loose a deal than a client. I don't want a client upset after close because something was misses.
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April 15 2013
Barry and Josh are correct.  I would also ask for 3-4 references too.
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April 14 2013
I recommend my clients use an inspector who is ASHI certified.  I also reccemmend that they use an inspector who is reasonably priced and provides a detailed report with Photos.
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April 14 2013
I always prepare the Buyer in advance as to what to expect.  A Home Inspection is not meant to be 'all-inclusive', so they may want to consider also hiring licensed contractors to further inspect items such as electric, plumbing and/or heating, roof system, pool, etc. - - - - - QUESTIONS to ASK might INCLUDE:
1. Are you certified in home inspection? (Ask to see their credentials or verify online)
2. How long have you been inspecting homes? (Ask for referrals)
3. What does the inspection cover (and NOT cover)?
4. Do you have professional liability insurance? (E & O Policy)

There are several less important questions to ask, such as how long will it take to do the inspection, how soon before I will receive a copy, when are you available, how much will it cost/form of payment, and is there anything the seller should do (such as have all the utilities turned on) prior to the inspection... Great question, Joe! BTW: Our seller, Judy, is very pleased that she ordered a pre-inspection on her home, so now we can share the results with the multiple-Buyer offers we are receiving...
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April 14 2013
Thank you Josh.

California has no licensing for home inspectors. It's like the wild West out here. Insurance: yes and should be verified. Detailed report: Great advice and clients should be able to see a sample report on the inspector's site. Costs: Yes.

Thanks for participating.
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April 14 2013
Possible Questions for the inspectors:
1.  Licensed?
2.  Do you carry insurance or bonded?
3.  How detailed is your report?
4.  Costs?
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