I consider an inspection to be detective work. I am looking for clues that indicate issues in the home for clients. My mild OCD serves me well in this. I am very detail oriented to my wifes annoyance but this also helps my work.
As an member of ASHI (# 251000) for 7 years and Va state licensed before it was required I take my work very seriously and have done thousands of home inspections.
My office is in Fairfax Station but I am happy to drive to further locations ( not Maryland)
I use a belt of tools in my work, moisture meters and thermal imaging. I will crawl into any space I can fit into that I deem safe.
The detective work is just fun, a hobby of mine is mechanical engineering and theory ( yes, I should get out more) and being outside and in new places every inspection suits my nature. Helping people is key and being honest allows me to sleep well at night. I will report on the good and the bad in every home and take photos as I go, critical things in red ink ( always with a photo), things that could be improved upon but are not dangerous in green ink and the rest is general information.
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Nearly every customer is new, so first I thank them for their trust and listen to their concerns. Often they already have pressing questions about the home in question, I write these down so I can revisit them after the inspection. Then I tell them what I'm going to do , in what order and invite them to tag along and ask questions if they like , but they often go and measure for curtains or think of paint options. I assure them that if they see my camera snap I probable have something to tell them and everything I find to write about will be reviewed at the end of the inspection with the realtor anyway. Then I have a report to write to clarify what I have found, the report is provided by email later that same day unless other plans are made.
My home inspection education is with Carson and Dunlop, completing the national exam, Va state licensure 5 years before it was required ( it was voluntary up until last July
Previous employment was owning an auto body repair shop which helps more than you might imagine. Repairing cars is about finding clues to damages, and understanding the engineering of proper repairs and detail orientation about the completion of repairs
Pricing is based on square footage and age of the dwelling but the range is 325 to 700.00.
Condos are toward the low end of this as you might imagine