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What Your Home Inspetion Doesn't Cover: An Interview with Tony Kotecki of Lakeshore Quality Home Inspection

By Tony Kotecki

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

I am a certified home inspector and a state licensed electrician from North Muskegon Michigan. I am interested in becoming the home inspector you are looking for. I received my certification through AHIT out of Wisconsin. As of right now Michigan do not require a license to perform home inspections.

Attention to detail is of the upmost importance to me and is required in a thorough home inspection. All inspection will be performed with the proper tools. During the inspection I discuss with you what I have found or have not found, while walking you through the entire area of the home, helping you to understand the situation. I do answer questions to the best of my ability. I am insured with having Error and Omissions and covered on liabilities. I strive to do the best I can on every home inspection. I am willing to learn all that I can to further develop my skills.

Having a certified and thorough home inspector working for you can benefit you, such as protecting your investment, and helping to prevent extra cost due to hidden problems.

What are the main areas that are inspected during a home inspection?

Exterior evaluation includes: Foundation, Roof, Chimney, Flashing, Valleys, Siding, Trim, Windows, Storm windows, Screens, Gutters, Downspouts, outer door casings, Eves, Soffit, Landscaping, Grading, Drainage, Driveways, Patios, Decks, Porches, Service walkways, HVAC systems, Attached and Detached Garages and Preventive Maintenance.

Interior evaluations include: HVAC Systems, Plumbing Systems, Electrical Systems, Walls, Floors, Ceilings, Windows, Doors, Smoke Detectors, Structure, Foundation, Garage Door openers, Fire walls, Attic, Ventilation, Basements, and crawl spaces.

Can you list some key areas/structures that aren't covered that might require an additional professional inspection or evaluation?

Only time an area/structures require an additional professional re-evaluation is when a part of a system has been identified as failing and has failed. Such as a buckled foundation, or Furnace issues. Not only sometimes a home inspection may require additional professional evaluations, but also may require a professional to make the proper repairs.

Is there a common misconception people have about a house that's been inspected?

All home inspection are based on an visual inspection. Of course, inspectors are expected to look at all of the stated components and systems that can safely be accessed, are operational, and can be operated without damage to components. This does NOT mean that inspectors should disassemble equipment to determine the condition of hidden components. The process of dis-assembly can itself cause problems. Water stain on a ceiling? We can't tear out the drywall to see where it is coming from. What about the integrity of buried plumbing drains? Inspectors do not perform ultrasonic testing or video scans. We do look for telltale signs of problems, however.

What's one thing that's important to know about what a home inspection does not cover?

Home inspections are not intended to cover everything. For example, septic systems cannot legally be performed by licensed home inspectors by law. Beyond that, things like window air conditioners, water filtration systems, countertop microwaves and other non-hardwired items are not part of the inspection. And, consider washers and dryers with laundry in them - these can't be operated for obvious reasons. Additionally, if the house water, gas or electricity is turned off, or an appliance or fixture is valved or breakered off, an inspector should not be expected to turn on the appropriate valves or circuit breakers.

This is for good reason: The circuit or system may be rendered inactive because of an electrical fault or leak, unbeknownst to the inspector. Turning on items that are shut off by valve (clothes washers or barbecues), or by circuit breaker (spa tub, baseboard electric heat) can result in unanticipated property damage to the home or personal injury to the inspector. Services that are shut off could be due to a gas main leak, electric service entrance problem, or water line break. Because many of the homes I inspect are often vacant, I always inform buyers or their agents to be sure all systems are active before the inspection.

Do you have any tips to help people get the most out of their home inspection?

Attend the home inspection. And question that you may have during the inspection. The more questions the better!

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

By Phone: 231-670-2897
Email: Tony@Lqhomeinspection.com
24/7 book appointment Www.Lqhomeinspection.com

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