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7 Things to Ask During Your Home Inspection: An Interview with Chad Fisher of Fisher Home Inspections, LLC

By Chad Fisher

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

Fisher Home Inspections is a non-franchised company that has been serving the residents Michigan & we have been inspecting homes, commercial buildings, foreclosure and repo properties, bank draw inspections, and investment properties for investors since 1997. We preform inspections on homes from 600 Sq. Ft to a Northern Michigan "Cottage" of 11,000 Sq. ft.

We are based in Genesee County Michigan and have completed thousands of inspections from the U.P. to the Ohio border and from Saugatuck to Port Huron. We also provide mold inspections, radon tests, water tests/well & septic inspections.

Is it important for a home inspector to be licensed? Can you briefly explain why or why not?

In the State of Michigan, there are no requirements for a home inspector to be licensed. Everyone wants to hire a certified inspector- that means that you have been in the trenches and you have completed hundreds, if not, thousands of inspections, continued your education, you're trustworthy and will be impartial to the client giving them an unbiased view of the property.

Who should the home inspector technically be working for (or not working for)?

The home inspector should be working for the buyer or seller, whichever one has contacted and HIRED YOU to inspect the home. If the inspector works for the buying or selling agent that could be and in most cases does get looked upon as a conflict of interest. I get referrals from real estate agents and mortgage companies and anyone else that would like to give referrals, and they all know up front, that I do not work for anyone but my clients that hired me & don't really care if they make a commission. There is no pass/fail when it comes to a real estate inspection. This is what's called and informed decision.

What is one of the best questions that a client has asked you during an inspection?

There are so many questions that I get asked on an inspection, but know this- The only stupid question is the question that is never asked. I encourage the clients to follow me around and ask questions, especially first time home buyers.

What are the types of questions that a potential home buyer should ask to follow-up on any defects you find?

Most of them ask what to look for or what do they do if something should fail. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE IS KEY!!! If there is a defect or deficiency with one of the components, I give them the best way to repair or replace the item. Cost is something that will be a variable from place to place and contractor to contractor.

Do you have a few tips for anything that people should not ask their home inspector?

How old is the furnace?
How old is the water heater?
What is the condition of the roof, insulation, and ventilation?
Are there any issues with what you can see with the foundation? Anything structural that would cause a deficiency?

And then there's the general questions of how does this operate and what should I do with this component, how often should I change this or that and what should I do with general preventative maintenance?
I make it a point to never talk down to a client. Instead, I must talk to them in a way that they can understand and never with too much "fluff". After all, that's why they hired me in the first place, is to get a broad understanding of the investment that they will be purchasing and an understanding of how it works.

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

We are all over the web. We can be reached by phone, email, text, carrier pigeon? Our website is www.fhi.vpweb.com or by calling or texting (810) 577-0670 or clients can email me at chad.fisher06@sbcglobal.net. We frequently operate inspections 7 days a week from 7 am til way past sun down- and first come, first served.

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