Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Hire someone you feel comfortable with. There are so many home inspectors out there with little experience. The price shouldnt always decide which one you choose. Dont be fooled by high tech toys. Nothing can see through walls, predict the future, or sniff problems. There's No substitute for construction and inspection knowledge or experience.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Thermal Imaging cameras are a valuable piece of technology. Unfortunately, home inspectors usually have the cheapest and poorest resolution equipment out there. And the Minimum training certification. Unless you hire a Professional Thermographer, or even a $99.00 energy audit, you'll probably just get blurry color pictures that still need to be interpreted. Usually incorrectly. And without the actual removal of suspect materials for a proper visual inspection, it's just a guess. Also, if you read the State Standards of Practice for AZ, a home inspection is a Visual Inspection that is Not Technically Exhaustive. Leave the x-ray vision to Superman.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How many fee paid inspections has he performed? Has he ever been sued for major things missed? Does he have general liabilty and errors and omissions insurance? Is he up to date with the BTR and active certification status? What did he do before he started inspected? Was he someone who knows construction, or a different field unrelated? If he uses thermal imaging, have him explain Why it's 'too hot' and what temp Should it be? They can't tell you. And ask him if he will guarantee his thermal imaging findings if the wall or ceiling is removed. Probably not.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. You're buying a house, not a pair of jeans. This is a huge expense and is a potential for major problems and expenses. Please just don't hire the cheapest guy you can find and get the all in one price. And just because a home inspector does termite inspections doen't mean he will treat the problem if found. You'll just end up paying twice. That's upsell 101. We don't. Period.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have personally worked in the construction field for most of my life, and not only performed home inspections, but have worked on homes as well. Who would you want to operate on you? A Dr. who has performed 1000 operations, or a Dr. who has read about 1000 operations?
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Finding the problems with a home that most others miss. I've been there, so I know what to look for and why they did what they did. There's no substitute for experience!
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Most people are looking for the best inspector, for the best price. I do the very best I can, but I won't always be the cheapest. I do, however, work for you!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Not all home inspectors know what they're doing. Certification isn't experience.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I've done construction my entire life. And I know what is right and what isn't with a home.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Building materials, equipment, and energy products are ever changing. Can't inspect them if you don't know what they are or what they're supposed to do. So yes.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Thermal imaging is everywhere. You can now get a thermal imaging attachment for your Iphone. You can rent one at Home Depot for $35.00. To be honest with you, it has a lot more to do with an energy audit than a home inspection. Just because something is hot or cold doesn't mean it's wet or improper. Don't be fooled.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. I prefer to speak with each client to discuss pricing. I no longer post my prices. I would like my potential clients to talk with me and ask questions, before they decide on an inspector based only on price. Prices are based upon location, square footage, pool or spa or both or none, guest house or out buildings, etc. Please include as much info as possible for a quote. Otherwise we will just have to ask questions. No flat rates please. Time is money. The more time it takes with a larger home, the more it will cost.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My honesty.