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What You Should Know About Your Home Inspection: An Interview with Darren Taylor of Advanced Property Inspection

By Darren Taylor

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

Advanced Property Inspections is a home inspection company operating in south-east Wisconsin. Our main focus is home buyer's inspections. I evaluate the home including mechanical and structural systems and provide a written report detailing the conditions and any recommendations for repairs and maintenance. I also do home sellers', warranty, maintenance, and roof inspections, and radon testing.

What are two or three of the most common repairs that are needed on the houses you've seen in Pennsylvania?

In an older home it's often electrical problems. Home built in the '50's and earlier just weren't designed with the quantity of modern electric appliances in mind. Not having an electrical outlet where needed can make homeowners do a myriad of unsafe wiring projects.

The second is poor drainage around the foundation. Even newer homes have this issue. The backfill around the foundation settles over the years and causes the soil in the first six feet or so to slope towards the house. The situation is heightened by clogged gutters that allow roof drain water to overflow next to the foundation and missing down spout extensions that discharge the water next to the home. Excess water around the foundation can cause everything from water in the basement to failure of the foundation costing thousands to repair.

What should a standard home inspection cover?

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, a general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property. The inspectors can't see through walls or behind stacks of personal property. With that in mind, any good inspector should be doing their best to get a good picture of the condition of the following at minimum:

  • Roof
  • Exterior/Windows/Doors
  • Foundation/Structure
  • Heating/Cooling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Interior

How long should it take for homeowners to receive their inspection report?

At Advanced Property Inspections I try my best to deliver the report to my clients the same day via email. There are occasions where it may not be delivered until the following day, but I think 48 hours is plenty of time for the average report to be sent.

Should a quality home inspector also provide repair work? What are some of the reasons why or why not?

In Wisconsin this is a simple question. No! Inspectors are prohibited under Wisconsin statute from doing repairs on an inspected property for two years. Wisconsin statute 440.978 lists specifically prohibited acts. Among the specifically prohibited acts reads: Performed, or agreed to perform, for compensation any repairs, maintenance or improvements on any property less than 2 years after he or she conducts a home inspection, without the written consent of the property owner given before the home inspection occurred. Be very cautious of any inspector that offers to do repairs for compensation.

What are the certification requirements in Wisconsin? What are a few benefits of hiring a certified and trained home inspector?

Anybody operating as a home inspector in Wisconsin needs to be licensed by the state. Licensure in Wisconsin currently requires passing the National Home Inspector Exam to prove competency. We are also required to complete 40 hours of continuing education every two years. It's also a good idea to ask your prospective inspector if they have any building trades experience. This won't necessarily make them a better inspector, but does give a wider pool of experience to draw from.

If a home inspector misses a major defect, do home buyers have any recourse?

If a client believes a major defect was missed the first thing they should do is contact the inspector and have them come look at the problem. There is often a practical explanation and if not the inspector may offer to have the item repaired. Most of the better inspectors carry liability and errors and omissions insurance.

What is the best way for people to reach you and your company?

You can reach Advanced Property Inspections at 262-458-4176 or visit our website at kenoshahomeinspection.com.

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Miles Smith

Thanks for sharing.I found a lot of interesting information here. A really good post, very thankful and hopeful that you will write many more posts like this one.

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Miles Smith

I found a lot of interesting information here. A really good post, very thankful and hopeful that you will write many more posts like this one.

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Licensed home inspector in the state of Wisconsin. License # 672-106 ...

Phone: 262-458-4176

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