Today I am here with the best home inspection company on earth (I think) Mr. Tom Sutko, owner of AmeriSpec Inspection Services! I’ve been giving him business for over a decade because I trust him and really appreciate his work.
Lisa: When looking for a home inspection company to use, what questions should the home owner be asking, what should they be researching?
Tom: Well first thing is in Nebraska we do not have a licensing program. So what the real estate profession is gravitating to is an accredited organization that certifies home inspectors. That just as a minimum. You want someone that has some experience, someone who has been in the industry for 4-5 years, minimum of 500 home inspections. The second thing that I’d be looking for is someone who has an organization that supports them. A lot of our competitors are former electricians or plumbers who say “I can do a home inspection.” So they go out and get a truck, we in the industry call them “Chuck in a Truck.” They don’t typically have an organization that has customer service or can answer your questions.
I think the next thing to look for is someone who has the appropriate insurance! In the event that something is missed, we rely on insurance to protect both parties.
Lisa: A person calls you up and orders a general inspection, are there some ancillary services available that people should be considering as well, can you tell me about those?
Tom: Besides home inspections there are radon inspections that can be done, mold, air quality, septic tanks, roof inspections, furnace evaluations…there is much more than just home inspections.
Lisa: A couple things I’d really like our audience to know, if they are entering into a home thats older or have trees in the front they should consider a sewer scope.
Tom: Right, what we do from a plumbing perspective is put as much pressure on the plumbing waste system as possible, but for a home with a trees in the front yard it would be good to have a sewer scope done we have a few subcontractors that will get that done for you.
Lisa: And what is radon?
Tom: Well radon is the breakdown of uranium over a period of time. Unfortunately Nebraska and Iowa sit on the highest concentration of uranium deposits in our soil so Nebraska homes have a large percent of elevated radon conditions. The failure rate for the state of Nebraska runs about 60% of homes will actually measure for radon will come back with elevated conditions which will then require mitigation process.
Lisa: People need to know this because it’s the leading cause of lung cancer!
Lisa: Before we got started I asked Tom what his favorite quote was and I love it, it’s very Lisa like, it’s “Get ‘er done!” Love it, love it , love it.
Thank you so much for reading and we’ll catch you on the next blog.