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An Independent Inspector that Will Work for You: An Interview with Craftsman Home Inspection

By Kristen Bosse

Please describe a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

I am an independent home inspector who has been in business since 1978. My format for inspection is to spend time inspecting the property and then verbally communicate any visible defects that have been found. This can be done after each major stage of the inspection. First stage observations are exterior. Second stage observations are basement. Third last stage observations are finished area and attic. If you would like more specifics about my process, please check my web site: allmitetermitepestcontrol.com.

Most homeowners neglect to pursue radon testing because it isn't visible. What are the dangers of radon in your home?

Most importantly, radon exposure can potentially cause lung cancer. In general, it is a toxic chemical that should not be inhaled in excess. It is important to receive the radon detection test to make sure you and your family are safe.

What are some easy ways to prepare for a home inspection to try and limit the amount of repairs needed?

Most homes are not truly prepared for selling. The condition of many homes is very low at the time of listing. A pre sell inspection might help but I have seen very poor pre-sale inspections by other companies.

What has over 30 years in business taught you about the industry?

First and foremost, always be thorough and be prepared to always learn on every inspection. Like people, each house has its own personality and problems.

Is it best to have the homeowner there during the inspection?

No, because they can become very agitated hearing about problems with their dream house. The problem that I see is that most inspections are of a short duration and as a result this becomes the standard of practice. A complete inspection takes longer than what the Realtors see from most inspections. Then the Realtor gets up set. The process of selling a home is Selling driven and not buyer driven. It is like selling used cars ? hurry up and buy and don't think too much.

What should customers look for in a qualified home inspector?

An inspector should have years of experience and the fact that the inspector does not work for the Realtor through referrals. Membership in ASHI and ASHINE is important. Licensing is a must in MA.

What are the most common mistakes made in the home inspection process?

Water, roof, electrical and heating problems.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

Please call sometime between 8:30 to 9:30 AM to reach me directly.

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