As inspectors, we need to be generalists. We need to know about all of the home systems, not just one aspect. This is where my experience comes into play. I have experience as a house flipper, an educator, and builder. Each experience matters and plays a vital role in my inspections.
I have been involved with construction from the time I was a little kid. I learned the basics of concrete with my grandfather in his back yard and at age 7, I had built a chicken coop. From that point on, I was hooked on figuring out how things are put together and how to take them apart. As an adult, I have spent 5 years as a contractor in the house flipping business, taking the worst of the worst and creating diamonds. I have personally put my hands on every part/system in a home and this experience lends perfectly to the inspection process.
As an educator, my experience lies in the theatre. Not what you might expect, but it is vitally relevant. I spent 15 years teaching students the fundamentals of carpentry, electricity, and engineering. Showing them not only the theory behind these areas but also how to put them into practice safely and correctly. Over those 15 years I honed my eye for detail. Not by grading papers but by grading hands-on projects. Not just looking for what is right, but finding the mistakes and tracing back to see where they happened in the process. I find this essential in my process as an inspector. When a problem is found, I’m looking for the root of the issue that caused the problem.
Having taught high school in both Maine and New Hampshire. I understand that there is no substitute for knowledge and that is why I’m constantly working on refining my craft. I set aside time every week dedicated to keeping up with the latest and best practices in the inspection industry. Some inspectors know what they know and that’s enough for them. For me, and I believe for my clients, there is great value in an inspector who constantly tries to improve his base of knowledge.
When I embarked on this new business I made a conscious decision to be a part of InterNachi. There were many training programs available, but for me InterNachi offered something different. I didn’t want to just pass some test and pay dues. I wanted to get hands on and I wanted to see what could/would be wrong and then see what it should look like. I chose to attend their House of Horrors training in Boulder, Colorado. By going there I was able to put my practical construction knowledge with a set of standards and practices which I utilize on every inspection.