Why Use Us
YOU HAVE MANY CHOICES
WHY USE DREAM HOME CONSULTANTS?
AND BECAUSE WE PROVIDE EXCEPTIONAL VALUE
We inspect as many areas of attics and crawl spaces as are safely accessible. These are the places where many major defects are located. The best and often the only way to find defects is to get as close as possible to them. State and national inspection standards allow inspectors to inspect attics and crawl spaces only from access openings and service platforms. Some inspectors do this more limited inspection, but it is not the best inspection practice.
We walk on roofs that are safely accessible. Experienced inspectors agree that the best roof inspection is when the inspector walks the roof. State and national inspection standards do not require inspectors to walk on roofs, but again, the best and often the only way to find the defects is to get as close as possible to them.
We invest whatever time is required to perform a thorough and professional inspection. We usually perform only one inspection per day, so we do it well. If the inspection takes all day, that’s OK. If the report takes several hours to write, that’s OK. We treat your inspection as if it were our own.
We provide the most thorough and professional written report in the industry. Even the best inspection has limited value without a thorough and professional written inspection report. We take great pride and care to ensure that our reports comply with state and ASHI Standards of Practice. For this reason and others we do not use checklist style reports and we do not issue reports on site. We find that taking the extra time required to carefully consider and report about our inspection findings makes our reports more useful to all involved and makes them more difficult to dispute. Our reports:
- Identify systems and components that are not functioning as intended, significantly deficient, unsafe, or near the end of their service life
- Explain the nature of the problem with the identified system or component (e.g., the risks caused by the identified system or component)
- Recommend whether you should repair, replace, monitor, or seek additional information from a qualified contractor regarding identified systems and components
- Cite, where appropriate, the current accepted standards upon which we base our finding and recommendation.
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You get what you pay for.
Our professional education and training far exceeds that of most inspectors. We hold an advanced college degree (MBA) from a nationally ranked university. We have experience and training at one of the country’s largest public accounting and consulting firms. We have extensive postgraduate education in home inspection, building codes, and law. We are a published author of numerous technical articles and of comprehensive books about the residential building code. Our education and training helps us identify, analyze, and document defects in ways most inspectors cannot.
Some home inspectors worked as trade contractors (plumbers, handymen, carpenters, construction superintendents) prior to becoming inspectors. Some home inspectors have no construction experience at all. The training of home inspectors who learned as trade contractors is limited by the experience and competence of the people for whom they worked and is limited to their area of experience. The training of home inspectors with no construction experience may be limited to a week or two of classroom work and some parallel inspections with another inspector. Few inspectors have our level of professional education and training.
You get what you pay for.
We designed and built over 100 custom homes and we are a licensed contractor. There is no substitute for actual design and construction experience when it comes to inspecting a home. From lot selection to foundation layout through final grading and landscaping, the builder needs to know how the thousands of components in a home will interact to make the home as trouble free as possible. As a home inspector, we bring this knowledge and experience to work for you. Construction experience is not required to become a home inspector. We hold contractor licenses in both Arizona and Florida as proof of our experience.
We are a certified building code inspector and author of two books about the residential building code. Home inspections are not building code compliance inspections; however, the building code plays a significant role in determining what a builder must do to correct a defect. No person should inspect new homes without expertise in the residential building code.
We are an ASHI Certified Inspector. This level of national certification requires that the inspector perform at least 250 fee paid inspections. We have performed many more than the minimum number, Make sure that the inspector who performs your inspection (not the owner of the company) is an ASHI Certified Inspector.
You get what you pay for.
Our duty and loyalty is to you, our client. Most inspectors rely on real estate agents to refer business. This can make it difficult for the inspector to clearly identify the client. Is the client the person paying for that one inspection or is it the agent who refers many inspections? Our answer is clear: you are the client. We owe an honest and fair assessment of the home’s condition to all parties involved; but when we must make a judgment about whether and how to report a defect (and we must make many such judgments during every inspection) we always make the judgment in your best interest. We are proud members of the Independent Home Inspectors of North America. Only a few out of the thousands of home inspectors throughout the country think enough of their commitment to client service to pledge not to solicit agents for inspection referrals.
We understand the needs of all people involved in a home inspection and sale. We have walked in the shoes of the home buyer, home seller, and home builder. While we have not walked in the shoes of a real estate agent, we have been in the business long enough to understand their needs. We understand that everyone needs a fair and honest assessment of the home’s condition. An unnecessarily alarming assessment or an unrealistically rosy assessment serves nobody’s needs. We always try to be fair and to balance the needs of all people when conducting our inspection and writing our report; however, our duty is to our client and we will always make close calls so that our client’s needs are served first.
You get what you pay for.
Buying a service is different from buying a product. Product features and benefits are often available for comparison and similar products often have similar features and benefits. It is also possible to find independent comparisons and ratings of many products. When buying a product, price is often an important consideration because you can use price to select between similar products.
When buying a service, you are buying the thoroughness, professionalism, knowledge, and experience of the person providing the service. It is far more difficult to verify and compare a person’s features and benefits than it is to compare a product’s features and benefits. This is what makes buying a service more difficult than buying a product. For example, a company can claim features and benefits for the company if only one owner or employee of the company actually has the feature or benefit. A company’s features and benefits are of little value to you if the person providing the service does not have all the claimed features and benefits.
At Dream Home Consultants, the person providing the service has all the features and benefits that we promise. We encourage you to verify each and every one of them. When you compare our fees to the value of our features and benefits, we believe you will find that the value of our service far exceeds our fee. In fact, we are often told that we don’t charge enough.
You really do get what you pay for.