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Why You Should Inspect Your Home: An Interview with John Fitzgerald of Silver Mine Inspections, LLC

By John Fitzgerald

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Silver Mine Home Inspections, LLC was founded in 2002 by Jon Olmstead. Jon was previously employed by a national home inspection company. In 2012 he was joined by John Fitzgerald who spent his life as a remodeling contractor. Together they have completed over 4000 home inspections.

What are some of the services your company provides?

SMHI offers home inspections in accordance with the State of Connecticut standards of practice. We also offer well testing, radon testing, wood destroying insect and septic inspections.

How can someone judge for themselves whether or not they should get a home inspection?

Most people who are in the market to purchase a home, with guidance from their realtor, will have a professional home inspection. This helps the home purchaser make an informed decision on whether or not to move forward with what will likely be the largest purchase of their lives.

What is a generalized list of reasons as to why people should have their homes inspected?

People have a home inspection when they purchase a home, when they are selling a home, which helps streamline the selling process. Some people will have a home inspection when they feel a need to learn more about their house including safety and energy efficiency issues.

What value does a home receive from an inspection, if any?

The biggest value in doing a home inspection is that when purchasing a home the buyer can have the seller perform the needed repairs or credit them the costs. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, the largest professional organization of licensed home inspectors, the average buyer gets back approximately $1800 form the seller as a result of the inspection.

Is the home inspection process lengthy?

A typical home inspection will run 2-3 hours on an average size house. The inspector will be looking at the exterior including the roof and chimney, the structure, the plumbing, the electrical, the HVAC systems, the insulation and ventilation and several more components of the home.

What are some potential negative situations you've seen occur because someone did not get a home inspection when they should have?

The home inspector has a trained eye to look for specific issues. A house that I inspected recently was owned by a very qualified contractor. He felt that when he bought the house years ago that he was qualified to do his own inspection. Upon the inspection with the new potential buyers we uncovered fuel lines that went to a buried fuel tank. The seller did not have any knowledge of this as he inspected the house himself. Buried fuel tanks can be a very expensive problem.

What is the best way for people to get in contact with you or your company?

We have a great office staff that can be reached at 866-693-0208. Our e-mail address is

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