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What to Expect In Your Inspection Report: An Interview with David Dodge of My Home Inspector

By David Dodge

Tell us a little bit about your experience, company history and the services you offer.

Dave has over 25 years combined experience in the home building and inspection Industries and has seen, built and repaired virtually everything a home has to offer. His knowledge of the construction industry allows him to understand how all individual components of your home work and interact with each other as a whole. This experience has given him the ability to differentiate between major and minor problems, allowing him to offer reasonable solutions and "Help You Be Worry Free." Dave is also a NY licensed Home Inspector Instructor teaching the next generation of Home Inspectors everything they will need to know to be successful in the business. Along with being a Licensed Home Inspector in CT & NY, Dave is IAC2 certified for Mold & Radon testing and has taken over 250 hours of continuing education in more than 20 advanced fields in the Inspection Industry.

What areas does a standard home inspection report cover?

Roof & Attic Structure
Foundation Integrity & Moisture Analysis
Exterior Walls, Gutters, Vents & Flashing
Insulation & Ventilation Inspection
Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Systems
Electrical Service & Panel, Breakers, Fuses & Sub Panels
Interior Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Doors, Windows & Skylights
Kitchen & Bath Fixtures & Appliances
Fireplaces & Inserts
Grading & Drainage
Decks, Steps, Patios & Porches
Driveways & Walkways
Fencing & Retaining Systems
Private Well & Septic System Inspections (per CT & NY State SOPs)

How long should it take to receive the inspection report?

Some inspection companies take up to three days to deliver a report. Our reports are sent to the client the same day, usually within an hour or two after leaving the property. The inspection and report are among the most thorough and in-depth in the industry and are usually 70 to 100 pages long, detailing everything about the house including recommended fixes and repairs.

What are two or three of the most common defect you see in homes in Connecticut?

Wet basements, older failing roofs, buried oil tanks, older and failing heating and cooling systems.

Considering there are many states that do not require certification, what are a few benefits of hiring a certified and trained home inspector?

States that do not require an inspector to be licensed are not doing their constituents any favors. Prior to licensing of home inspectors in Connecticut, there was a lot of underhandedness going on and people pretending to know what they were doing. Many new homeowners put their faith in unknowledgeable "inspectors." They were also being told things that weren't defective in order for the inspector (who usually owned a contracting company) to get more work out of the job. Now this is considered a conflict of interest and anything the inspector reports as a defect cannot be fixed or remedied by that inspector or contractor for a period of one year. Licensing and oversight protect the new home buyer from fraud, misrepresentation and illegal tactics while protecting them if the inspector makes a mistake or misses something.

What advice would you give to people who no longer want to buy a home based on the inspection report?

I would tell them to keep looking and when they find a house we will be there to help them through the process as before and they will be getting a 10% discount for that inspection.

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