Working with a home inspector is one way to have a successful home purchase. Still, some inspectors are better than others.

When you are interviewing potential home inspectors, you may want to look for a few essential qualities. Here are four of them.

1. Knowledge and experience

Obviously, you do not want to hire a home inspector who does not know what he or she is doing. When looking for your inspector, ask for a resume and list of references.

Then, check to see if the inspector has enough knowledge and relevant experience to do the job.

2. A valid license

Florida law requires home inspectors to have a current license. Obtaining this license requires a significant amount of work and dedication.

Therefore, you should ensure your inspector has a valid license before signing an inspection contract.

3. Thoroughness

Your home inspector should inspect all parts of the property and alert you to potential problems. He or she should also write a comprehensive inspection report.

The inspector may have some limitations, though. A good home inspector understands his or her shortcomings and knows when to ask someone else for help.

4. Customer service

Home inspections are part of a multi-step home buying process. Consequently, you should pick a home inspector who understands deadlines and has a commitment to customer service.

Your home inspector should answer your questions and address your concerns. When providing good customer service, he or she may also walk through the property to introduce you to the ins and outs of your new home.