Michigan has no legal requirements for home inspector licensing, so anybody can claim to be a home inspector. This can make it difficult to sort out the professionals from the under-qualified. We believe the simplest way show qualification is by offering a buy back guarantee. If we miss something during your inspection, we’ll buy your home back for what you paid.
If you want to dig a little deeper, you can look into the certifying authority, if any. Membership in associations such as InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) tells you that your home inspector is dedicated to professionalism, experience and education. Of all professional home inspection organizations, InterNACHI has the most stringent requirements for professional certification, and requires continuing education of all members. This ensures your inspector is trained and up to date on all building best practices, and issues that can affect the value and safety of your home. If you’re considering an inspector that doesn’t belong to any professional organization, it might be a red flag.
Don’t risk it with Bob the Builder! Many inspectors like to tout their construction experience, but understanding how homes are built is only one piece of the puzzle, and unless they built homes with 20-year-old roofs, 50 year-old foundations, and a termite infested lumber, they probably don’t know what to look for in a house that isn’t new construction.