There are lots of home inspectors out there – from independent contractors to franchise employees, from first-timers to seasoned veterans. I encourage you to do your research before choosing a home inspector, making sure that their qualifications are appropriate for your needs. Here are some of the reasons I believe you’ll benefit from choosing Rochester Home Inspections.
- I’m a member in good standing and certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). InterNACHI is the largest and most trusted home inspector certifying organization in the world. I follow the InterNACHI Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
- I’m a New York State Professional Engineer with over 30 years of hands-on experience and education in all aspects of construction (carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roofing, masonry, engineering). A Professional Engineer is considered to be at the top of the pyramid of inspection professionals. Be wary of inspectors have a limited scope of knowledge – for example, a former house framer, plumber, or electrician may have a small knowledge base about the remainder of the home.
- By working with me, you’ll be supporting a privately owned local independent business. I’m not a “Kentucky Fried” home inspection franchise.
- I value continuing education, staying up to date on the latest inspection techniques to help you feel informed and empowered during your home buying process.
- I provide comprehensive written reports with photographs documenting any defects found. Always ask your home inspector before the inspection if they will provide photographs with their written report. Do not accept a report that is a simple “check box” format – you should have visually documented evidence of any defects found in the home.
- My reports not only include a description of defects found but a description of what, if anything, to do about the defect. My engineering background allows me the ability to offer solutions to any problems found, not simply a list of problems that then become yours to handle alone.
- My detailed reports help you to negotiate your property purchase from a position of strength through knowledge. Oftentimes, the information in my report can allow you to more wisely negotiate the cost of repairs. My hope is to help you save as much money as possible during your negotiations.
- You’ll receive your report the same day as your inspection, right to your email. I can also provide hard copies of the report delivered by “snail mail” if required.
- Once the inspection is over, you’re not left on your own. I provide lifetime post-inspection support. That means you can give me a call or shoot me an email, and I’ll be there to assist you with whatever outstanding questions or issues you’re having. Be aware that most home inspection services will charge a fee for follow-up support.
- In the home-buying world, time is valuable. You’ll find I’m readily available, usually able to perform a home inspection with 24-48 hours notice. And I value your time – I will perform a thoughtful and thorough inspection, craft a custom report, and deliver it to you within 24 hours.
- The core of my business is home inspections, NOT selling follow-up services. Be wary of home inspectors who perform an inspection with the end goal of up-selling you on a new roof, furnace, siding, etc. I will inform you if your home needs work, but only so you can make an informed decision on how to proceed.
- Did you know that products within a home can be recalled just like regular consumer products? I keep up to date on product recall information, and can inform you when such products are found in your home.
- Home inspection is my full-time business, not a side job or a hobby. Use caution with home inspectors who have an additional main business. They may be under-qualified, under-dedicated, or using home inspections as a means to gain customers for their main business.
- I can’t promise to always be the lowest bidder on a job, but the quality and depth of service you’ll receive can’t be beat. Your home purchase is a huge investment – don’t skimp by choosing a “cheap” home inspector who may not be qualified. You may end up paying for it in the long run if your inspector misses a problem that could have saved you negotiating dollars or future headaches.
Do I sound like the home inspector for you? Then get in touch!