5 Key Characteristics of a Quality Home Inspector

| July 27, 2015 | Reply

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A home inspection is a critical step on the path to purchasing a new home. A comprehensive home inspection ensures that the structure you’re about to call home for years to come is worth every penny you put forth. Of course, the extent to which you get the most for your money and avoid unexpected structural issues depends upon the quality of your home inspection.

While there are a variety of attributes that make for quality home inspectors, the following 5 are some of the most key:

Certifications & Credentials

Always ask about a home inspector’s certifications and credentials. Proof of a leading certification verifies that an inspection company adheres to a specific level of standards recognized within the industry as highly effective. At Diamond Group Home Inspections, we are proud to be a Certified Inspection Expert, RecallCheck ® certified, and Infrared® certified. Our customers in the Allegheny, Washington, Butler, Beaver and Westmoreland areas of Pennsylvania can therefore count on us to consistently deliver a specific standard of service.

Infrared Inspection

Determining the precise condition of a home can be challenging given that home inspections don’t always see every area of the home, such as inside walls and underneath floors. However, with an advanced infrared home inspection that relies on U.S. military-grade Flir cameras, conducted by our Level 1 Certified thermography technician, these hidden areas become clearly visible, allowing us to identify concerns like the absence of insulation, the presence of moisture, termite infestations, plumbing issues, energy inefficiencies, and more. Without infrared technology these potentially costly home deficiencies would likely go undetected. Customers will also receive a detailed report of infrared inspections that include actual infrared images.


RecallCheck® stands out as the leading inspection system for identifying recalled items in the home. Before purchasing a home, customers can turn to inspectors that partner with RecallCheck® to determine if appliances have been recalled. Customers that participate in the RecallCheck® service receive a lifetime guarantee of a free replacement should an appliance within a newly-purchased home prove to be recalled in the future. These recall checks include dishwashers, microwaves, garage door openers, and washers and dryers, to name just a few. Rather than take a seller’s word as to the reliability of his or her oven, why not get a more accurate idea with an inspector that offers RecallCheck®?

Radon & Mold Testing

When it comes to testing for radon and mold, it’s about more than getting the most for your money; it’s about the safety of you and your family. Never settle for a home inspector that can’t offer the highest level of radon and mold testing as part of their comprehensive inspection package. Even if the seller says the home has been tested, it’s a good idea to have a second testing conducted by a trained inspector. Radon is estimated to cause approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year, and because it can’t be seen or smelled, there’s no way of determining for yourself if the home you’re about to purchase contains radon. Mold can also be a health hazard if left unchecked. While mold is relatively common in basements and other damp areas of the home, rampant mold, such as black mold, can negatively affect health and cause structural damage to the home.

90-Day Warranty

Quality inspectors stand by their services. That’s why at Diamond Home Group Inspections, customers are guaranteed a 90-day warranty which ensures that most items in the home are covered for up to 90 days after an inspection. Not only can customers feel at ease with a free warranty program that guarantees no deductibles, but we ensure that all claims are processed within 72 hours of submission.  Even better? Our 90-day warranty program, RecallCheck® and MoldSafe services are all a part of the free warranties that accompany automatic membership in The Home Owners Network, which lasts for one year after inspection.

For more information about The Diamond Group Home Inspections services, visit us online today or contact us at 412-342-6663.

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