After observing hundreds of home inspections by several Northern Virginia home inspectors, we feel confident telling our clients to trust hiring an inspector who possesses a Class A contractors license. In 2005, when the housing market began to go from boom-to-bust, many regional home builders were forced to change business plans from home builder to home inspector. Home inspectors who have a Virginia Class A Contractors License also have a minimum of 5 years in the home building business, can work on single contracts worth $70,000+ or $500,000+ over a 1 year period, and the minimum value of their contracting business must be at least $45,000. These minimum requirements should give Class A licensed home inspectors a competitive advantage when you’re selecting someone to inspect your next home.
When selecting a Northern Virginia home inspector, besides looking for a Class A Contractor, find an inspector who has been tested and licensed as a Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Certified Home Inspector. This certification will make sure your home inspector has completed the following:
(1) 35 hours of instruction, and 100 home inspections, or 70 hours of instruction, and 50 home inspections.
(2) Pass a home inspection written competency test approved by DPOR .
(3) Possess good moral character. This is determined by a criminal history record report. A certified home inspector is also required to show competence in business transactions as a home inspector in a way which safeguards the interests of the public.
(4) Maintain minimum general liability insurance of $250K.
In order to verify a Northern Virginia home inspector has been certified in Virginia, simply go to www.dpor.virginia.gov. Go to License Look up to find current license status and any disciplinary actions taken against licensed inspectors. For information related to the minimum standards of conducting a certified home inspection, and the requirements (checklist) for a certified home inspection report, go to American Home Inspector Directory and click on: Virginia Certified Home Inspectors Regulations.
The last item worth noting is qualifying your next home inspector with membership affiliations. These associations require inspectors to maintain inspection standards, and complete continuing education hours every year. Look for membership with the following organizations: