Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Most inspections are for home buyers. We also inspect for newly built home buyers, 1 year warranty, sellers inspections, contractor completion inspections, mold investigations.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. One of my recent inspections was on a beautiful 7900 sq ft home with 8 bedrooms and 7 baths. I dedicated most of a day to this home and took the time to check every aspect and at the end found out that two of the 4 tile showers leaked water into the nearby rooms, which could have turned into a major mold problem.
On a recent mold inspection where the client complained of health issues since they started renting the home, we were able to determine the source of a leak and the existence of mold. An improperly caulked shower was allowing water to enter the wall nearby. When bubbled paint was peeled back we found what was tested to be Stachybotrys, also known as black mold. Air testing confirmed the presence of that and two other types of mold in the bedroom/bathroom area
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Think about what you can gain from your home inspection. The higher quality inspection can save you money on unexpected repairs later. Make sure your inspector has the right credentials, experience, and tools to do the job.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Many home buyer wish they knew what to look for that may be a major defect. They are so busy looking at style, floorplan, a beautiful kitchen or yard, that they dont see many of the obvious issues until we point them out. We look with a very different set of eyes than a home buyer but once we show them they say "why didn't I notice that?" These thing are only obvious with many years of training and experience.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Are they Certified by the state?
Do they have a homebuilding backgroud?
Can they provide a report that day?
Do they use thermal imaging or infrared cameras?
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Continuing education is a necessity to keep up with current building practices and industry trends. I have taken courses on building science, pool systems, energy auditing, green building technology, Mold and Indoor air quality, thermal imaging technolgy, and others