Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. A Home Inspection Report is only good to you if you can understand it. Too many inspectors just rush through your inspection with a checklist that they give you at the end in a fancy binder. Do you really know what "galvanic corrosion" is? Ask the inspector what form your report comes to you in and if you can walk with him and ask questions about the house during the inspection. My customers seem to like a narrative report with pictures explaining the things I see. Make sure that the inspector will also be available to answer questions for you afterwards.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Home inspections are time based. Most inspectors will estimate the time it takes by square footage of the home or by percentage of selling price. We at 4U Home Inspection feel it is unfair to charge more just because the client can buy in a more exclusive neighborhood that is why we base our time estimates on the square footage of your property. If you have the MLS number or the square footage of the home we can give you a quote almost immediately.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. 4U Home Inspection has built a reputation as one the most thorough home inspection companies in Maryland. Our founder, Alan Grubb, continually advocates improvement of the home inspection industry through his leadership role as the Chair of the Education Committee of the Maryland Association of Home Inspectors and membership in national organizations.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Helping people make an informed & educated decision. There are many reasons why people may want to purchase a particular home; it is our job to make sure they understand the dynamics, safety and condition of the structure they are considering. When you feel, you have helped a family make a good decision it puts a smile on your face.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How much does it cost?
Our inspections our timed based and we can give a good estimate by asking a few questions about the home you are considering. But more importantly we are protecting you while you make a very large investment.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I recently had a phone call about a home inspection that started out like this, "My Dad hates you" the client went on to say that I had done a pre listing inspection on a home he was selling and that I was so through that he thought I found everything that was wrong. The call was from his daughter. Then she laughed and said, "that is exactly why he said I needed to call you when I buy my new home. So I want you to inspect the home I am buying." Then we both laughed.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Not all home inspectors our created equal and not all experience is good. I was at a seminar once where the speaker said, "practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect." Sorry I cannot remember who that was. The point is even though experience is an excellent teacher, continuing education and "perfect practice" makes perfect. That is why I accepted the nomination of the Maryland Association of Home Inspectors when they ask me to chair the education committee for their members. MAHI as it is known is committed to making Maryland Home Inspectors the best in the nation. Unfortunately now all Maryland Home Inspectors belong to MAHI.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Education is very important in this field as with many others. It is extremely important that your inspector keep up with new developments. The Inspectors at 4U Home Inspection are required to belong to national home inspector organizations and to attend their continuing education classes. Alan Grubb our founder also chairs the education committee for the Maryland Association of Home Inspectors and conducts classes for Realtors® on home inspection.