What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, continuing education is required in the inspector's association I belong to. This keeps us abreast of the latest industry updates. We have added training for the extra benefit of thermal imaging for our customers.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I worked hard for a construction organization that built commercial size buildings for over 20 years. I became very familiar with the construction of buildings. I decided to use this avenue to share my knowledge with new home buyers for their benefit.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We are also commercial inspectors. Companies trust our services in making decisions for the profitable businesses. We bring that trust, thorough and excellant services to our home inspections. We have inspected up to 86,000 sq ft commercial establishments.
Our Full Inspections include: thermal imaging, roof, vents, flashings and trim; gutters and downspouts; skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations; decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings; eaves, soffit and fascia; grading and drainage; basement, foundation and crawlspace; water penetration and foundation movement; heating systems; cooling systems; main water shut-off valves; water heating system; interior plumbing fixtures and faucets; drainage sump pumps with accessible floats; electrical service line and meter box; main disconnect and service amperage; electrical panels, breakers and fuses; grounding and bonding; GFCIs and AFCIs; fireplace damper door and hearth; insulation and ventilation; garage doors, safety sensors and openers; and much more.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently inspected a house for this lovely couple. It was a renovated house with everything new. New kitchen appliances, new countertop, new utilities, including a new gas furnace and new gas water heater. However, since I am not only a home inspector but an educated home energy auditor, I found that the furnace and water heater, although new, was incorrectly installed. It was resulting in spilling a LOT of carbon monoxide poison gas into the basement. It was a finished basement with a bedroom included. Someone sleeping down there could possibly not woke up, but died in his/her sleep. The gas is oderless but toxic. One of the many times that my serves have possibly saved lives.
Real estate agents that refer me also use me for their own inspections, because they say that I am the most thorough inspector they have come across in their careers. I just completed an inspection of one of the agents that refer me a couple of days ago. It is good to have a reputation of being the most thorough.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Many inspectors do a thorough job of inspecting your home. Look for inspectors who are associated with a national inspection association. They have the backup of the association to provide better service. Also, look for inspectors who add value to their inspection. Some inspectors added benefit values can actually match the inspection fee, as if inspection is free to you.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I inspect new construction and newly rehabbed houses all the time, and always find faults where the rehabbers missed important issues, such as slow leaks in attic, covered by new drywall or paint in house. Some issues are even more serious, like improperly installed heating systems, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning. I find such things all the time. Sometimes clients feel that new rehabs mean no issues...completely wrong.