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Home Inspectors: The Most Common Issues and Interview with Brent Shoemaker of Shoemaker Inspections

By Brent Shoemaker

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

I started my company in March of 2013

Its built on the foundation of three main posts My knowledge and education, Client Education, and Customer Service.

First my background and knowledge. I hold a bachelors in construction management and an associates in architectural technology from Ferris State University along with being a Certified Professional Inspector through InterNACHI (InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors) Each year I take the exam through internachi and 20 hours of continuing education. I also have 10 year experience in the construction industry as a Site Superintendent and a Project Manager managing Multi Million dollar projects.

Second the inspection is more than me just inspecting a house its about educating the client about their house answering any and all questions they have about the house before, during, and after the inspection. I strongly encourage my clients to attend the inspection because that is where they can lean the most. Besides looking for any major issues with the house I also will talk to them about the importance of maintenance and if they don't do it, it will catch up with them when a bigger issue happens because of lack of maintenance or when they are selling the house and I inspect it for the new buyers. But because I only get three hours with them I also include a 100 page book that talks about how a home works, maintenance, and saving energy. along with a monthly newsletter that includes home tips.

Third is Customer Service, I understand that this is the largest purchase most people make in a lifetime and they are all a little stressed, So I go out of my way to make the process enjoyable for them. They always are dealing with the owner ( me) so if the call to book an inspection they will be talking to me and I am always the one to do all the inspections. I always feel you get better service from the owner because they have more vested into the business.

I always pride myself on providing each home buyer with a through inspection and great report including pictures of all the issues that were found during the inspection. I also treat each inspection like I am inspecting it for my own family.

What are a few of your biggest concerns when it comes to safety within a house?

A few of the biggest concerns when inspecting a house:

  • Is it structurally sound, Foundation, walls, Floors, and Rafter/Trusses
  • Is there water damage current or past, Wood Destroying Organism Damage?
  • What's the condition of the roof ( is it leaking?)
  • Foundation leaks in the basement or Crawl space?
  • Any electrical safety issues that would be fire hazards

What safety and inspection violations do you see most often in home inspections?

Some of the typical Issues found during an inspection

  • Cracks in foundation walls (not structural but could leak)
  • Exposed Fasteners on the roof
  • Missing Smoke detectors in bedrooms
  • Smoke detectors inoperable
  • Old smoke detectors ( typical lifespan is 10 years )
  • Double taps in the electrical panel
  • Missing cover plates for electrical outlets or junction boxes
  • Bathroom exhaust fans vented into the attic rather than outside. (Can cause mold in your attic)
  • Roof leaks around the flashing of masonry chimneys
  • Older homes - not well insulated

What steps can homeowners take to resolve this issues?

The steps that a home buyer would take to resolve these issues is discuss the report with their buyers agent and decide if the buyer will fix the issues when they take possession of the house or if they will ask the seller to fix all or some of the issues. But always consult your Realtor.

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

The best ways to contact my company is to call/text 616-820-9852, email brent@shoemakerinspections.com or go online at www.shoemakerinspections.com

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