Why choose a certified home inspector?

 

Purchasing a home can be one of the most significant purchases one will ever make, and it can also be a stressful ordeal.  An encouraging way to reduce the stress is to be fully aware of what you are purchasing. A certified home inspector can give you peace of mind when making such a large investment.  Once you found a home that you would like to buy, you should always make an offer to purchase contingent on a home inspection. 

Hiring a home inspector to assess the property is a smart move and can save a lot of money down the road.  It is important to understand the purpose of the home inspection.  The goal of a home inspection is to provide you with information about problems in the home before you actually purchase the property.  Your certified home inspector should be looking for potential problems with the roof, structure, electricity, fire hazards etc.  Here are some key points to keep in mind when choosing a qualified home inspector:
 

Points for a successful inspection

  • Always take time to research the home inspectors you are considering to hire.  Make sure to check their credentials and check to see if they are certified by a home inspector school or licensed by your state or province. 
  • You will also want to make sure that your potential home inspector is insured.  Ask the home inspector to see their proof of insurance.
  • Who referred the inspector?  The best referrals are often times from someone you know and trust personally.  If the home inspector has not been reliably referred to you, be sure to ask for references from past clients.
  • When it comes time for the home inspection to actually be performed, make a point to be there and ask questions about the areas that may need repair.  Be sure to ask questions regarding whether or not these repairs are major or minor.
  • Make sure to ask how long the home inspection will take.  A thorough inspection should take at least two hours.  If your potential inspector tells you that it will take any less time than that, be cautious and find someone else to do the job.
  • Check to see if the inspector is affiliated with any professional organizations.  There are many local, state, and national organizations inspectors can join. 
  • Ask your potential inspector what type of report you will receive once the inspection has been completed.  Reports differentiate between handwritten versions, checklist version, narrative versions, or computerized reports.  The report should be thorough and should in your hands within 48 hours after the inspection has been performed. 
  • In some cases the home inspector may suggest additional inspections, such as a pest or radon inspection, which may not be covered under the regular inspection. 
     

Areas We Service

 Home Integrity Home Inspection services the northeast Ohio area.  Even though we have offices in Virginia and California - our primary service area from this office is northern Ohio.


We service the following cities and surrounding areas:

  • Avon - Avon Lake - Amherst - Huron - Vermillion
  • Aurora - Beachwood - Cleveland - Shaker Heights
  • Bay Village - Rocky River - Westlake - Lakewood
  • North Olmsted - Olmsted Falls - Strongsviile - N. Royalton
  • Berea - Middleburg Heights - Parma - Parma Heights
  • Brecksville - Independence
  • Brookpark - Fairview Park - 
  • Brunswick - Medina
  • Elyria - Midpark - Lorain - North Ridgeville
     

what our Customers Say...

Mike G. - Olmsted Falls, OH

They were very prompt and effective. They are exceptionally professional. 

Jason E. - Berea, OH

I have already referred Home Integrity to friends and realtors in the area.  He was professional, worked with our busy schedule and his personality made everyone very relaxed.  He was informative and made me comfortable with the decision we made to buy our house. 

Carolyn M. - Avon lake, OH

Home Integrity had been referred to us by a family friend.  Jim was professional and efficient.  His report was very thorough and included photos and explanations of things we needed to be aware of when purchasing our home.  He made the whole process very simple.  

Kristina E. - Strongsville, OH

Jim Weidner was professional and available on short notice. His report was easy to read and understand and he helped us make the decision to buy our new home. 

O.J. Doyle

Jim was fantastic to work with. With his un-matcheable costumer service and his thorough knowledge in all aspects of home inspections, this process was very smooth.  I've had inspections before, but I have never felt more confident about one than when he walked me through his. I would highly recommend Home Integrity Home Inspections to anyone seeking an inspector that really cares about the job he is doing! 

B. Spilk

Jim did an inspection on a home for me, and he really couldn’t have been more helpful when it came to making my decision. I’ve been through the process a few times, and he is the most thorough, engaged, and straightforward inspector I’ve used. Not only that, but he went above and beyond for me in terms of listening to my thoughts and asking questions! I was 100% confident in the information I received from him, and appreciate how much he cares. He’s a great guy and really knows his stuff. Highly recommended!