Home inspections are a critical part of the home buying and selling process. Failure to obtain a home inspection could potentially cost you a great deal of money and hassles in the long run. Uncover valuable tips on the importance of a home inspection and helpful links to a variety of professional home inspection organizations, plus useful information available to you from the National Association.


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require the member's nar.realtor login.

IW 18 Annual Luncheon Keynote (YouTube, Jan. 21, 2018) – Inspection World 2018 Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon Keynote Speaker, REALTOR® Kimberly Allard, discusses how home inspectors and REALTORS® can come together to offer clients a reliable and effective home-buying experience. 

Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers

Source: (HouseLogic, 2019)

Questions to Ask a Home Inspector

  • What are the Top Capital Expenditure Issues?
  • What are the Most Urgent Red Flags?
  • What’s the Inspector’s Background?
  • Is the Inspector Certified?
  • What’s the State of the Roofline?
  • Is There Any Asbestos Present?
  • Do I Need a Radon Test?
  • What’s the Life Expectancy?
  • How Are the ‘Bones’ of the House?
  • How is the Soil and the Home Structure?
  • Do You Expect Anything Behind Beyond the Walls?
  • Are There Receipts of Annual HVAC Checks?
  • What About the “Intangibles” of the Property?

Source: 13 Pertinent Questions to Ask During a Home Inspection (Forbes, Dec. 21, 2020)

16 Questions to Ask a Home Inspector Before, During, and After a Home Inspection (realtor.com®, Oct. 6, 2020)

Home Inspection 101

Eager Buyers are Skipping Home Inspections. Is it Too Risky? (Nerdwallet, Mar. 23, 2021)

Top Home Inspection Issues Revealed (REALTOR® Magazine, Feb. 23, 2021)

How a Home Inspection Protects You (Forbes, Feb. 1, 2021)

Are Virtual Inspections in Your Future? (Professional Builder, May 5, 2020)

How to Handle Home Inspection Hurdles Brought on by Coronavirus (HomeLight, Apr. 15, 2020)

Transaction Guidance During Covid-19 (National Association of REALTORS®, Mar. 24, 2020)

Coronavirus and Appraisers: Your Questions Answered (The Appraisal Foundation)

How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost? (realtor.com®, Jun. 16, 2019)

Legal & Regulatory Issues

Home Inspectors Unregulated, Unlicensed as Thousands Move to State and Buy Houses (News Center Maine, Apr. 22, 2021)

As Remodeling Surges, Electrical Issues Become a Nuisance (REALTOR® Magazine, Apr. 19, 2021)

Ask the Experts: How to Take Care of Your Home Inspection While Following Proper Guidelines for COVID-19 (RIS Media, Jul. 10, 2020)

Managing Home Inspection Fears During the Pandemic (RELATOR® Magazine, May 13, 2020)

Faced with Uncertainty, Home Buyers Seek Coronavirus Clauses in Contracts (Mansion Global, Mar. 23, 2020)

Inspectior Not Liable for Later Injuries (National Association of REALTORS®, Legal Case Summaries)

Jablonski v. Rapalje: Lawsuit over Disclosure of Bats in Attic Proceeds (National Association of REALTORS®, Legal Case Summaries)

Heller v. D.W. Fish Realty Co., Inc.: Salesperson Liable for Incomplete Well Testing (National Association of REALTORS®, Legal Case Summaries)

Legal Case Summary: Johnson v. Maki and Associates, Inc.: Release Contained in Cancellation Agreement is Invalid (National Association of REALTORS®, Legal Case Summaries)

Legal Case Summary: Field v. Century 21 Klowden-Forness Realty: California Court Distinguishes Between Limited Inspection Dutues Owed to Buyer by Seller’s Broker and Fiduciary Duties Owed by Buyer Broker (National Association of REALTORS®, Legal Case Summaries)

NAR State and Local Issues Tracker (National Association of REALTORS®)

The Home Inspection Professional

How Home Inspectors Can Protect Themselves from Viruses (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Mar. 12, 2020)

Find a Home Inspector (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2019)

Becoming an Inspector (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2019)


American Society of Home Inspectors
932 Lee St., Ste. 101
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Tel. 847-759-2820

National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers
P.O. Box 403
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
Tel. 800-294-7729

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
1750 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80301

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

The Complete Book of Home Inspection (eBook)

The Complete Guide to Zoning (eBook)

Home Closing Checklist (eBook)

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Mold (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Mystical Guide to Home Inspection (Author House, 2005) HD 1375 R17

Navigating USPAP - Practical Applications (Appraisal Foundation, 2005) HD 1387 H46

Mold & Real Estate: A Handbook for Buyers and Sellers (Thomson South-Western, 2004) TD 883 St8

Secrets of the Happy Home Inspectors (Someday Publishing, 2004) HD 1341 C76Inspecting a House, (Newton, CT: Taunton, 2001) TH 4817.5 C31

Real Estate Home Inspection (Chicago, IL: Dearborn Financial Publishing, 1999) HD 1387 Bu91

Start Your Own Home Inspection Business (Paramus, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1999) HD 1375 P91

Home Inspector's Guide to Training the Real Estate Professional: An Overview of the Home Inspection Process (Hurricane Press, 1998) HD 1341 Sh8h

Red Flags: Property Inspection Guide (Chicago, IL: Real Estate Education Company, 1995) TH 4817.5 P91

The Real Estate Inspection Book (Canton, OH: Kooba Company, 1995) HD 1341 M31

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