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How to Choose a Reliable Home Inspector: An Interview with Alan Dingfelder of Accuracy Plus Home Inspections

By Alan Dingfelder

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

Accuracy Plus Home Inspections is a full-service home inspection company that provides more than a comprehensive visual inspection of your home purchase. I employ a subcontractor to provide wood destroying insect inspections, which are mostly conducted during your home inspection. Water quality samples can be taken to a state licensed laboratory for analysis. The analysis available is not limited to the more popular presence of bacteria, radon in water or presence of lead, arsenic, uranium, hardness and other contaminants that might need filtering. For radon in the air, I have continuous monitoring systems that provide accurate reports faster than sending other sampling devices to a laboratory. Presale inspections can be done for sellers at a reduced price because I use them as an opportunity to train home inspection interns. Mold/indoor air quality testing is also available but is not conducted unless the client has special circumstances that justify this additional cost.I am also accomplished at the inspection of large or small commercial properties.

What qualifications should home inspectors in Connecticut have?

In Connecticut, the only requirement is that home inspectors be licensed by the state Department of Consumer Protection. I have always been an overachiever and would prefer the same of my home inspector. Accreditation by the CT BBB is important in most businesses; I have an A+ accreditation. Membership in the CT Association of Home Inspectors is evidence that at an inspector is a professional that is both well connected and well educated; I am a director on the board of this organization. Certifications at a higher level is also important. I am one of only four Certified Master Inspectors in the state of Connecticut.

Can you briefly talk about the Certified Master Inspector designation and what that means for a client?

The Certified Master Inspector is the highest level of certification available in the home inspection industry. Although expensive to attain, it is not a certification that can just be bought. It requires more documented education than any other credential. Well-educated professionals are also good educators. As a consumer you hire the home inspector to educate you concerning the property you are buying. Hire the best.

What are some of the best questions for people to ask before hiring a home inspector?

Are you licensed to work here in Connecticut? Is home inspection your full-time profession? What inspection services do I need for my particular house or property? Are you accredited by the CT BBB? What professional affiliations do you have? Are you available at a time I can be present?

Is there generally any type of guarantee or warranty associated with a home inspection?

No, I do not provide warranties or guaranties because that is not the role of a home inspector, There are other value added items a home inspector can provide. However, to all clients buying other than a newly built home, I recommend a homeowner's warranty be purchased. For those buying a new home, I discuss their builder's warranty and what it should do for them.

What advice would you give people in Connecticut who need to have a home inspection done as soon as possible?

Do not panic! You can search the CT BBB or Google. Another source of multiple qualified professionals is the CT Association of Home Inspectors website.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

I have a friendly, well-trained office staff at 203 284-1278, M-F and Sat. morning. If you prefer to talk to me, the office will text me and I will return your call as I finish helping other clients. I also have email to my cell phone for evenings, Sat PM and Sunday at ading5@aol.com.

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9/29/2014

Melissa Matias

I am a first time home buyer. Purchasing a home is such a frightening, major commitment, so it was my mission to find an honest, knowledgeable, experienced, and licensed professional to examine the

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