A significant amount of due diligence is required investing in real estate. From the math involved to the neighborhood to current and future demographics, getting intimate with a prospective purchase is the rule. That also means getting the property inspected by a licensed property inspector. Ordering thefinding a good property inspector inspection however is something a novice investor has rarely done other than for personal reasons.

Yet when buying real estate in order to sell it’s imperative you know not only the true condition of the property but understand that you will be required to disclose to any future buyers any known conditions that were found what action you took. Not disclosing a known problem can get a seller in a lot of trouble.

You know you need an inspector but if you don’t yet have an established relationship with a professional inspector, how do you find a good one? Property inspectors are indeed licensed and are almost always required to attend continuing education classes in order to keep their license active. Property inspectors regularly call on real estate agents for referrals. After all, real estate agents sell homes and those homes need inspections, right?

Your real estate agent will likely have a list of inspectors for you but should you use an inspector from that list? The real estate agent doesn’t get paid nor the house sold if the property inspection turns up too many issues. There are some inspectors who are known to be “agent friendly” and are less inclined to point out problems. At the same time, other inspectors are known to be too tough in an agent’s mind and kill deals needlessly. There is a balance.

If an inspector has been in the industry for several years and the inspector’s name pops up in more than one place it’s likely the inspector has established an honest reputation. If your agent provides you some names, reach out to friends, colleagues and business associates for a referral or two. A name frequently mentioned should be on your short list.