Pro-Tech Consultants
Home Inspectors

Wayne E. Robbins
Arlington, MA 02476
Phone: 781-643-6300

Important Questions to ask when choosing a home inspector

CONGRATULATIONS! Your decision to purchase that special home is an exciting and happy time for you. Quite often though, it is a time of stress and anxiety, which is understandable. In making such an important investment, it is up to you magnifying_glass to determine if it is, in fact, a sound one. Pro-Tech Consultants will give you the peace of mind you need to make that important decision.

How do I go about choosing the right inspector?
Answering that question requires that you do a little investigating. Below are a few of the questions you will want to ask and the type of responses you will want to receive.

Are you an ASHI Member?
An inspector who is a member of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is desirable for the following reasons:

  1. These inspectors are held to a higher standard of practice.
  2. They must adhere to a strict code of ethics.
  3. To maintain their membership, they must continue to receive formal training.

Wayne has been an
ASHI member and ASHI New England member for 9 years.

The next three questions may not seem relevant, but the answers you receive will provide vital information that is needed in order to choose the appropriate inspector.

What is the true condition of the home?
A qualified home inspector is your best choice to determine this. Usually, it is best to find an inspector on your own. Be cautious when an inspector is referred to you, as a conflict of interest can arise.

What experience do you have?
You will want to know that your inspector has had sufficient experience in the building trades to warrant your trust by demonstrating that he or she understands how homes are constructed and is, therefore, in a better position to evaluate acceptable building practices.

What formal training have you had?
Formal training is also a necessary prerequisite in being qualified as a professional home inspector. Because someone is or was a builder does not mean they are necessarily knowledgeable in the other essential areas of home inspection, such as electrical, plumbing, heating, etc. Formal training prepares an inspector by providing a well-rounded education in all areas that must be addressed and evaluated as part of the home inspection. Therefore, you owe it to yourself to choose an inspector who has successfully completed a university course of studies specializing in home inspections.


How long will the inspection take?
The answer to this question will clearly indicate how thorough the inspection will be performed. No matter how small, new, or well kept a home is, an inspection should take no less than 2½ to 3 hours to perform.
Tip: Some inspectors pride themselves on performing quick inspections. Avoid these inspectors.

Information Access
Will I receive my report at the time of the inspection?
A quality report explains pertinent information about the home. An inspector must gather this information by viewing all areas of the home. The aim of the inspection is to convey what has been observed, along with conclusions in a clear and concise manner. It requires time, and therefore, an inspection report should never be given at the time of the inspection.
Tip: There are many companies that provide reports at the time of the inspection. These are usually little more than glossy checklists with little, if any, explanatory information. This is a large investment you are making—you deserve a quality report.

Beware the Inspector Who Repairs
If problems are found, can you or someone you know repair them?
Pay particular attention to the response given to this question. It is clearly a violation of industry ethics for an inspector to perform or recommend someone to perform work on a home that he or she has inspected.
Tip: Quite a number of contractors advertise as home inspectors. The conflict of interest is obvious. BEWARE!

How much will an inspection cost?
The amount you pay for an inspection can range anywhere from $250 to $800+. For an average single family home, you should expect to pay between $450 - $600 for a qualified inspector. The cost is well worth the money. After all, your home is your investment. You owe it to yourself not to skimp.

Pro-tech Consultants performs home inspections in the following towns: Acton MA 01720, Amesbury MA 01913, Andover MA 01810, Arlington MA 02476, Arlington MA 02474, Ashby MA 01431, Ashland MA 01721, Avon MA 02322, Ayer MA 01432, Bedford MA 01730, Bedford MA 01731, Bellingham MA 02019, Belmont MA 02478, Beverly MA 01915, Billerica MA 01821, Bolton MA 01740, Boston MA 02110, Boston's Back Bay MA 02116, Boston's Beacon Hill MA 02114, Boston's Dorchester MA 02121, Boston's East Boston MA 02128, Boston's Jamaica Plain MA 02130, Boston's Mattapan MA 02126, Boston's Roslindale MA 02131, Boston's Roxbury MA 02119, Boston's south Boston MA 02127, Boxborough MA 01719, Boxford MA 01921, Boylston MA 01505, Braintree MA 02184, Brookline MA 02467, Brookline MA 02445, Brookline MA 02446, Burlington MA 01803, Cambridge MA 02139, Cambridge MA 02140, Cambridge MA 02141, Cambridge MA 02142, Cambridge MA 02138, Canton MA 02021, Carlisle MA 01741, Chelmsford MA 01824, Chelsea MA 02150, Chestnut Hill MA 02467, Cohasset MA 02025, Concord MA 01742, Danvers MA 01923, Dedham MA 02026, Dover MA 02030, Dracut MA 01826, Dunstable MA 01827, Essex MA 01929, Everett MA 02149, Foxborough MA 02035, Framingham MA 01701, Framingham MA 01702, Franklin MA 02038, Georgetown MA 01833, Gloucester MA 01930, Groton MA 01450, Groveland MA 01834, Hamilton MA 01982, Haverhill MA 01830 Home, Inspector, Haverhill MA 01832, Haverhill MA 01835, Haverhill MA 01833, Holbrook MA 02343, Holliston MA 01746, Hopkinton MA 01748, Hudson MA 01749, Ipswich MA 01938, Jamaica Plain MA 02130, Lancaster MA 01523, Lawrence MA 01840, Lexington MA 02420, Leicester MA 02421, Leicester MA 01524, Lincoln MA 01773, Littleton MA 01460, Lowell MA 01850, Lowell MA 01851, Lowell MA 01852, Lunenburg MA 01462, Lynn MA 01901, Lynnfield MA 01940, Malden MA 02148, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, Mattapan MA 02126, Leominster MA 01453, Marblehead MA 01945, Marlborough MA 01230, Maynard MA 01754 Home, Inspector, Medfield MA 02052, Medford MA 02155, Medway MA 02053, Melrose MA 02176, Merrimac MA 01860, Methuen MA 01844, Middleton MA 01949, Millis MA 02054, Milton MA 02186, Nahant MA 01908, Natick MA 01760, Needham MA 02492, Needham Heights MA 02494, Newbury MA 01951, Newburyport MA 01950, Newton MA 02458, Newton Center MA 02459, Newton Highlands MA 02461, Newton Lower Falls MA 02462, Newton Upper Falls MA 02464, West Newton MA 02465, Norfolk MA 02056, North Andover MA 0184, North Reading MA 01864, Norwood MA 02062, Peabody MA 01960, Pepperell MA 01463, Plainville MA 02762, Quincy MA 02169, Randolph MA 02368, Reading MA 01867, Revere MA 02151, Rockport MA 01966, Rowley MA 01969, Roxbury MA 02118, Salem MA 01970, Salisbury MA 01952, Saugus MA 01906, Sharon MA 02067, Sherborn MA 01770, Shirley MA 01464, Shrewsbury MA 01545, Somerville MA 02143, Somerville MA 02145, West Somerville MA 02144, South Boston MA 02127, South End MA 02116, Southborough MA 01772, Stoneham MA 02180, Stoughton MA 02072, Stow MA 01775, Sudbury MA 01776, Swampscott MA 01907, Tewksbury MA 01876, Topsfield MA 01983, Townsend MA 01469, Tyngsborough MA 01879, Wakefield MA 01880, Walpole MA 02032, Waltham MA 02452, Watertown MA 02472, Wayland MA 01778, Wellesley MA 02482, Wenham MA 01984, Westborough MA 01581, West Newbury MA 01985, West Roxbury MA 02132, Westford MA 01886, Weston MA 02493, Westwood MA 02090, Weymouth MA 02189, Wilmington MA 01887, Winchester MA 01890, Woburn MA 01801, Winthrop MA 02152, Wrentham MA 02093