The purpose of this interview guide is to assist the consumer in determining the expertise and competence of the home inspector prior to engaging that inspector's services. While most inspectors properly perform their services pursuant to industry standards, or in accordance with the requirements of the state agency licensing or regulating home inspectors (in Texas it's TREC) , uninformed consumers may be unaware of the history, experience or basic business philosophy of individual inspectors.
While these questions may help determine the competency of the inspector(s) interviewed, the consumer should understand the answers to the questions alone do not determine an inspector's competency. Responses must be interpreted, other investigations may be needed, or other data obtained to make the proper selection.
In most cases, the home buyer makes the final decision in hiring the home inspector. Therefore, great care should be exercised in this interview and selection process.