Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. It is a good idea to speak with the inspector on the phone before booking the inspection. You can get a feel for the inspector's style, personality, customer service ability, knowledge, and willingness to serve your needs. Ask questions about their experience, training, licensing, and the cost of the inspection.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The inspector is only as good as his or her determination to provide detailed and accurate information to the client. An inspector who does a quick, haphazard inspection may miss major flaws, leaving the costs of repairs on the buyer.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. 1) Are you licensed by TREC to inspect houses in Texas, and what is your license number?
2) Are you a member of any trade organization related to home inspections?
3) How long have you been inspecting houses or commercial buildings?
4) How much does the inspection cost and will there be any additional charges for additional items your house has, such as a sprinkler system, swimming pool, or crawl space?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. It is smart to get an executed contract before ordering the home inspection. Are the utilities turned on so the inspector can perform a thorough inspection? Since the home's size determines the inspection pricing...What is the square foot size of the house? Does the house have a sprinker system or swimming pool?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My work stands out because I am committed to excellence. I can't stand a job poorly done. It is important to me that I give my client the best experience possible, and provide the client with as much information as possible about the home.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love getting into places that few ever visit, including on roofs, in attics, under crawl spaces, and other hard-to reach areas to find things that others would miss.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. There was a house I was inspecting for a TV show. One spouse was out to surprise the other spouse with a design invasion in a room of the house. As I was performing this inspection that the other spouse did not know about, before the remodeling started, I opened the chimney to check the flue, and a giant bird's nest full of dead birds and soot fell into the fireplace, filling the room with soot. It took a while to vacuum up all the dust, clean all the items around the fireplace, and bring things back to normal, but eventually I got it right, and it looked like no one had ever been there.