Finding a great inspector
We just put in our first ever real estate offer today, very exciting. :)
Optimistically hoping that our offer is accepted (or countered within our means), I'm ramping up the research on inspectors. We are currently living in another state and will probably not attend the inspection; the original structure is nearly 100 years old (though it was completely overhauled 8 years ago); and the property is owned by a relocation company. All of these seem like reasons to get a REALLY good inspector!
So my question is, HOW do you determine who is a good and knowledgeable home inspector? What questions should we be asking, especially about their experience with old houses? Should we ask for and check references? What should we ask the references, if they found any problems in the house or what? :) Is there a difference in how the report is written -- it seems like we want someone to spell things out clearly for us in layman's terms since we won't be there to see it with our own eyes.
Thanks for any advice!