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How to Choose a Reliable Home Inspector: An Interview with Kara Garland of Garland Inspection Services, Inc.

By Kara Garland

Tell us a little about your company and the services you offer.

Garland Inspection Services inspects commercial, residential and multifamily buildings in the state of Ohio and Pennsylvania. The inspection covers a thorough assessment of the lots & grounds, exterior surface, roofing, electrical, structure, attic, HVAC, plumbing and interior. Additional services offered by the company include radon testing, mold and pest.

What qualifications should home inspectors in Ohio & Pennsylvania have?

State requires them to be a member of a governing body for home inspectors --The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) are two examples

What are some of the best questions for people to ask before hiring a home inspector?

We Fell the best qualification an inspector can have is being a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors. ASHI was founded in 1976 and is the oldest and most respected professional society of home inspectors. More information regarding ASHI can be found at www.ASHI.org. Clients need to do research and see what qualifications the inspector has to ensure the inspector will meet all of their needs regarding the inspection of their potential home. For example, if you are interested in having a radon or pest inspection then it would be best to hire an inspector having that license.

How can people judge the quality and reliability of a home inspector they don't know?

Word of mouth has been the best marketing tool for me personally. The clients I have and realtors I work with trust my knowledge, skills and abilities. As a result, they send clients my way. Searching on the internet for reviews on Angie's List and other confidential consumer reports is another way to see who the best in the business is.

Is there generally any type of guarantee or warranty associated with a home inspection?

No. Every inspector has their own policy regarding warranties.

What advice would you give people in Ohio & Pennsylvania who need to have a home inspection done as soon as possible

Clients need to do research to see what qualifications and years of experience the inspector has. In addition, call to schedule an inspection as soon as you get into a contract to ensure that you have enough time to get all the inspections that you would like to have done in time.

What's the best way for people to contact you and/or your company?

Visit our website at www.garlandinspection.com for details.

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