Strictly Business Inspections
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Ira was great! His quick and pleasant responses to all of our questions made this process less intimidating. He even allowed us to reschedule and then go back to our original appt time. His friend, the termite inspector, was also pretty thorough.Jul 22, 2014Verified
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- How did you get started doing this type of work?I got into doing home inspections by doing plumbing work, doing electrical work, doing carpentry work, doing roofing, doing siding, doing concrete work, etc. I am the "poster child" for "One Thing Leads To Another". If "you know how to do it", you can "recognize good workmanship (as in good condition) when you see it". I have been doing home inspections since 2003, and have seen thousands of homes, from ones built in the 1800's to ones that are not yet completed being built. I felt that if I was to be taken seriously as a professional, I needed to be licensed, so I got trained and then passed the National Home Inspector Exam. South Carolina was the only state requiring a license for home inspection, so I went there, passed their test, and became a licensed home inspector in South Carolina. I have since become licensed in New York, and am qualified to do home inspections in Pennsylvania. I've seen good building practices AND I've seen bad. I know the difference, and can point them out to a home buyer. Being able to do that is what makes a good home inspector. In 2007, I bought an infrared camera. I use it when I do home inspections and it shows very vividly all water and air leaks. It also shows where and how the home leaks energy, which I feel is an important part of a home inspection. That can make the difference between an energy efficient home and one that wastes energy. I include an energy efficiency section in my home inspection reports so you will know what you can do to lower energy costs in your new home. I even evaluate your home for solar electric panels. If your home qualifies, and you install "solar", you may never have an electric bill in the house.