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Real Estate Professionals FAQs

Questions Frequently Asked by Real Estate Professionals Regarding Inspection Services from AmeriSpec

AmeriSpec inspectors work with real estate professionals all over the country. In our 30+ years of experience, there are a few questions we've heard numerous times from the agents we work with.

Real Estate Professional FAQs

If I refer AmeriSpec to a customer, am I liable?

AmeriSpec inspectors carry extensive Errors & Omissions and General Liability insurance. We offer agent indemnification to help protect real estate professionals in the event a claim is brought against them solely for recommending AmeriSpec. To qualify for coverage, real estate agents must have a written agreement with AmeriSpec, along with their own Errors & Omissions policy. For additional details on coverage, see your additional insured certificate, or contact your local AmeriSpec inspector.

Why choose AmeriSpec instead of an independent company?

AmeriSpec is a nationwide home and commercial inspection service provider with extensively trained and insured inspectors, and a solid reputation backed by millions of satisfied customers. Our franchise owners provide a thorough, narrated report of the current conditions of the property, along with a valuable binder that includes a home repair manual, seasonal maintenance checklist and valuable discount offers. AmeriSpec is also a part of the ServiceMaster® Family of Brands.

Should my client attend the inspection?

It is absolutely in your client's best interest to be present at the time of the inspection. By accompanying the inspector, your client will have the opportunity to do the following:

  • See the condition of each component assessed throughout the property firsthand while asking questions to achieve a better understanding of the home and of the resulting 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 merely needs a coat of paint, or that the problem that caused a water spot on the ceiling has already been solved.
  • Save time and avoid frustration by learning about the operation of the property. 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 to locate shut-offs. 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 throughout a property, including the foundation, roof and structural components, plus the visible electrical, plumbing and mechanical operating systems.

What will my client receive in writing as part of the inspection?

Our inspector’s complete findings are packaged into the AmeriSpec Report—an easy-to-reference, three-ring binder that includes a copy of the inspection report, a Seasonal Maintenance Checklist, and offers for a variety of additional property-related services from our ServiceMaster Family of Brands.

How long does an inspection take?

Depending on the size, age and condition of the property and any additional services provided, the process usually takes two to three hours. Since the goal of an inspection is not just to inspect the property but also to educate the owner or potential buyer about the property's condition, it is always 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 of 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, new technology and changes in the industry.

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