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The Pro Home Inspectors of Georgia: An Interview with Roger Williamson

By Kristen Bosse

Please describe a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

I am Licensed Inspector, Roger Williamson, ACI (ASHI Certified Inspector) of HomePro Inspection Inc. I performed my first professional Home Inspection in September of 1994 and now have more than 19 years of experience as a professional home inspector. Guess What! I am proud to tell you that my first clients still own and live in their home now almost two decades later.

HomePro Inspection, Inc. adheres to the Standards of Practices and Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the State of Tennessee Home Inspection Standards of Practice.

HomePro Inspection, Inc. uses computer generated reporting so everything is typed and in an easy to read narrative format. Digital pictures are included in your report to add clarity for those hard to describe defects. Every Inspection is important to me. I prepare your Home Inspection Report so that you will KNOW WHAT I SEE!

Apart from selling or purchasing a home, what other times are home inspections beneficial?

Many people have specialized careers and may not have the knowledge or time to properly maintain their home. Having a home inspection performed about once every ten years makes good financial sense and likely will save you money by making simple corrections early rather than costly corrections later.

As baby boomers age I am having out of town adult children hire me to inspect the home of their aging parents. With email and digital photos the adult children can quickly get accurate information to make wise decisions about their parent's home maintenance or upgrade needs.

HomePro Inspection offers contractor dispute reports to assist home owners and contractors that are in disagreement regarding remodeling work. Even though I charge a fee for this type of work I consider this to be community service as often the fee does not represent the work involved to resolve the dispute.

Why choose HomePro over other inspectors?

1) Knowledge - Roger Williamson of HomePro Inspection knows the Home Inspection industry is ever changing and values continuing education. Roger Williamson consistently earns more continuing education credits than required for license renewal. More education means a more knowledgeable Home Inspector.

2) Experience - I performed my first professional Home Inspection in September of 1994 and now have more than 19 years of experience as a professional home inspector. I am proud to tell you that my first clients still own and live in their home now almost two decades later.

3) Integrity - As a Professional Home Inspector I represent my client's best interest. I also enjoy working with competent ethical Realtors for the common good of our shared client.

4) Dedication - I pride myself in being thorough, balanced and accurate in reporting my findings and observations in your home inspection report. My goal is to follow the Standards of Practice so that you have no unwanted surprises for the areas covered during a Home Inspection.

5) Value - HomePro Inspection has more experience than most inspectors, obtains more continuing education than most inspectors and has an A+ BBB rating. I also typically spend more time at the home I am inspecting than many inspectors.

How do you know if your home should be inspected for radon?

If you plan to live in your home more than a short time, then you should test for Radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Inexpensive tests are available at the big box retailers if you want to get a rough idea of the radon levels in your home. HomePro Inspection also now offers a continuous Radon monitor testing for more accurate readings if desired.

Most homes in the Chattanooga area will not test high for Radon as Hamilton County is considered moderate for Radon. Elevated readings are more common as you get closer to Atlanta GA or Cleveland TN. Testing is the best way to find out if your home is one of few in our area that will come back with elevated Radon levels.

It is important to note that practical measures can be installed to correct elevated Radon levels in your home if present. Often I hear people do not want to test because they are afraid they will not be able to sell their home. It is far better to have a Radon mitigation system installed than it is to live in a home with elevated Radon levels.

What are some things to look for to make sure your home inspector is qualified?

Ask your prospective home inspector direct questions. What are your professional affiliations? How do I verify your affiliation with that organization? Are you a member with BBB? Are you licensed? TN requires licensing but GA does not.

Look at a sample report from the inspector. Does the report format make sense to you?

Two of my favorite questions are: How long have you been a professional home inspector? When did you perform your first fee paid home inspection? By the way, the answers should match. Misleading answers are an indication that you may want to choose another inspector.

If possible, can you share some common things that need repair or renovation after the home inspection process?

Electrical ? GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection missing for an area is very common. These are the receptacles that have push to test buttons on them. There is almost always some sort of electrical correction needed. Most are minor. Some are dangerous or costly. Plumbing - leaks such as in crawl spaces are common. Loose toilets are common. Water heater not installed correctly. Roof ? lately there has been a lot of storm damage. Many replacement roofs are not put on correctly. Heating/Cooling Installation errors, functional issues. Structural ? Improper deck construction, moisture issues, rot, settlement.

What are the most common mistakes made in the home inspection process?

Hands Down, the most common mistake made in the home inspection process is waiting until after your contract has been accepted before you interview home inspectors. Daily I get calls from prospective clients in a hurry to get a home inspection because not only did they not interviewed inspectors before they made their offer, they also waited four or five days after their contract was accepted to start the process.

Plan ahead. Call multiple inspectors in advance. See who answers their phone. Check the Better Business Bureau. Check Angie's List. Verify their professional affiliation before you hire. Save your two favorites. When your contract is accepted call your first choice immediately. Odds are you will not have to use your second choice but have one just in case anyway.

What makes your inspection services better/different than other comparable companies?

There is only one other home inspector in the area that has been inspecting as long as I have. I enjoy what I do and feel that I am helping people by performing a valuable service. I answer the phone. Every year I exceed my educational hours needed to maintain my license. I also typically spend more time at the home I am inspecting than many inspectors.

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

The best way to contact me is however you like to communicate. I tell my clients to call, text or email me using their preferred method of communication.

HomePro Inspection Inc

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