More than likely your real estate agent, your real estate attorney, or your lender will be able to supply you with a list of professional, licensed home inspectors that work in the area where the property is. Depending upon your state, the home inspectors may be required to hold a certain license, pass specialized classes on inspections, and carry insurance, or your state may allow anyone to hold themselves out as a professional home inspector. This is why you need to rely on the experience of your real estate professionals in selecting a home inspector.
If you need to pick an inspector without anyone’s assistance, do some investigation on the Internet. There are several home inspectors associations. Look at each one. Look at what a person must do to become a member of each organization, educational requirements, experience, and the rules that the member must adhere to. Check with your state to see if home inspectors need to be licensed. Your selection should be someone who follows the requirements of the state and is a member of an association that you feel most closely mirrors what you want in an inspector.