Choosing the Right Stucco Inspector
So you think that you have a problem with your stucco home. You have noticed some staining, cracking, uneven drying, or a number of other problems. Now, what do you do?
Well, the logical next step is to call in a professional stucco inspector. A stucco inspector will be able to determine if the problems that you are seeing with your home are actually serious, structural defining issues. But how do you know if the stucco inspector you are thinking about hiring to take a look at your home is the right one for the job? Here are a few things that you should consider when thinking about hiring a stucco inspector.
Experience: You want to make sure that your inspector has the experience it takes to do the job right the first time. So many people from contractors to home inspectors are jumping on the stucco bandwagon because of the frequency of poor workmanship in hopes to make money. Hiring a stucco inspector that has the right credentials and experience will help ensure that you get a comprehensive assessment. You do not want to have damage go undocumented by an inexperienced stucco inspector. An inspector that has experience removing stucco will have a better understanding of what to look for and how to interpret what they find. And one with an understanding of the building sciences along with experience in stucco remediation is even better. Obtaining information that is not accurate or examining a percentage of the windows and doors and then extrapolating that information to the rest of the house are typical practices of inexperienced inspectors. Inspectors with realtor bias also ten d to make similar mistakes because the relationship that they hold with the relator is more important to them than the wellbeing of the buy or seller. Misinformation can really make the home-buying process a disaster, regardless of what side you are on. For sellers, this can turn away all of your potential buyers, and for the buyer, it can turn your dream home into a nightmare.
Price: While everyone is interested in saving a dollar, having a stucco inspector that charges too little can be a telltale sign of inexperience and poor quality. Free inspections or estimates are especially scary. Anything that is free is usually delivered by a salesman, who is there to pitch a larger, more expensive service to you, regardless of need. The equipment to do a proper stucco inspection is expensive and the inspection itself is time consuming. Trustworthy inspectors create extensive, detailed reports after leaving the job site. These reports should be accurate and thorough, and in order to properly create them, it takes a considerable amount of time. Investing money into a contractor who is going to invest timeinto your stucco inspection will ensure that you get the information that you need to know how to further proceed on the potential repair or remediation of your home.
Reviews: One of the greatest things about the internet and the age of information sharing is that you can learn lots of different things about all sorts of companies that provide products and services to the general public. Check out different review sites online to read about the experiences that your peers have had in regards to their stucco inspection experience. Whether the review is good or bad, you will know what other people are saying about the company or stucco inspector, not just what the inspectors are saying about themselves.
Making sure that you do your research before hiring someone to complete your stucco inspection is a really easy way to ensure that you are getting the service that you want and expect. Your home is not only an important dwelling, but also most people’s largest investment. Protect your investment by hiring a stucco inspector that knows what he or she is talking about.