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How to Choose a Reliable Home Inspector: An Interview with Timothy Hemm of Tim Hemm Inspections

By Timothy Hemm

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

Tim Hemm Inspections performs home inspections; roof, pool and photo voltaic (solar) inspections; and commercial inspections.

What qualifications should all home inspectors in California have?

At the very minimum a competent home inspector should belong to a professional association that requires continuing education every year.

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

What professional association(s) do you belong to? Do you do inspections full time? How many Inspections have you performed? What is your past experience? Do you have any other credentials? What other type of inspections do you perform? Do you have E & O Insurance?

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

Ask for references or check out inspector's website. Can they see any sample reports?

Is there generally any type of guarantee or warranty associated with a home inspection? No

t normally, other than a reputable inspector will address any questions or concerns the client may have. There are some inspectors that will offer a 90-day home warranty to their clients.

What advice would you give people in the Redlands area who need to have a home inspection done as soon as possible?

It is best to not wait until the last moment. There is typically a 17-day inspection contingency period. If an inspection is performed late in the transaction then it can delay the close (if major issues are discovered). If you can't wait, due diligence when searching for an inspector is just as important as due diligence during the rest of the transaction.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you and your company?

Call us at (951) 543-3501 or (909) 206-2550.

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