REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS - FAQS WITH AMERISPEC
Frequently Asked Questions for Real Estate Professionals | Home Inspection Services by AmeriSpec
If I refer AmeriSpec to a customer, am I liable?
AmeriSpec inspectors carry extensive Errors and Omissions insurance and General Liability insurance, and we offer agent indemnification to help protect real estate professionals in the event a claim is brought against them solely for recommending AmeriSpec. Real estate agents must have a written agreement with AmeriSpec in order to qualify for coverage, along with their own Errors & Omissions policy. See additional insured certificate for more details on coverage, or contact your local AmeriSpec home inspector.
Why choose AmeriSpec instead of an independent company?
AmeriSpec is a nationwide home inspection service provider with extensively-trained and insured inspectors. Our franchise owners provide a thorough, narrated report of the current conditions of the home, along with a valuable binder that includes a home repair manual, seasonal maintenance checklist and valuable discount offers.
AmeriSpec is also a part of ServiceMaster®, a Fortune 500 company.
Should I attend the inspection?
It is to your client's benefit to be present at the time of the home inspection. By accompanying the inspector, your client will have the opportunity to:
- See the condition of each key component throughout the house and property firsthand, helping give a better understanding of the home and of the resulting inspection report.
- Help ease any concerns about findings which may seem distressing on paper but are in fact superficial. For example, the inspector might explain that inexpensive lubricant can quiet an alarming appliance noise, that an unsightly column needs only a coat of paint, or that the problem causing a water spot has previously been corrected.
- Save time and avoid frustration by learning about the operation of the new home. Your client may find out how the heating system works, how to light pilot lights, how to turn on various appliances and components, and where shut-offs are. The inspector can also point out maintenance needs and procedures, and explain how and when to check items that need periodic monitoring.Have all questions and concerns addressed immediately as they arise.Prior to the inspection, please ask your client to prepare a list of any questions or concerns about the property, and to communicate those issues to us in advance to ensure they will be properly addressed (and that any necessary special arrangements can be made). Please remind your client to bring the list to the inspection as well.
How many items are inspected?
More than 400 items are inspected including the foundation, roof and structural components, plus the visible electrical, plumbing and mechanical operating systems of the property.
What will my client receive in writing as part of the inspection?
Our inspection findings are packaged in the AmeriSpec Report an easy-to-reference, three-ring binder. The AmeriSpec Report includes a copy of the home inspection report, a Home Repair Manual, a Seasonal Maintenance Checklist, and a variety of home-related services from our ServiceMaster® Family of Brands.
How long does an inspection take, and does my client need to be present?
The process usually takes two to three hours depending on size, age and condition of the home and any additional services provided. Since the goal of a home inspection is not just to inspect the property but also to educate the homeowner or potential buyer about the property's condition, it is in your client's best interest to be present during the inspection.
What are your inspector's qualifications?
All of our inspectors are trained and certified to meet the highest industry standards. AmeriSpec offers the best education in the industry by combining classroom instruction and hands-on technical training in our state-of-the-art facility.
AmeriSpec also takes continuing education seriously. Technical training classes are held periodically throughout the year to educate our franchise owners about new inspection services and changes in the industry.