What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've done construction my entire life. And I know what is right and what isn't with a home.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Not all home inspectors know what they're doing. Certification isn't experience.