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Vetting Potential Home Inspectors: An Interview with Donald Lovering of Advantage Home Inspection

By Don Lovering

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

The firm was started after reviewing a report from a "alleged professional home inspector" back in 1980. I was hired by a lawyer who asked me to go and look at a house his daughter was buying. I remember writing a 5 page report about all the things I thought needed attention. It was then the lawyer produced the report he had paid for my review. With what little I knew I still provided more real time and valuable information to the buyer.

The lawyer suggested I explore and become more involved in the inspection business. That was over 30 years ago.

What are some of the services your company provides?

Forensic inspection, Expert witness, Property Condition Surveys, Construction inspections , Educational Seminars, Commercial Inspections and Home Inspector Training.

Finding the right home inspector can seem very overwhelming for a first timer, what is any advice you have for them?

Price is not the reason to hire or not hire a Home Inspection Professional. The site time, report product, inspector's knowledge and the tools they bring, not only the ones in the tool bag but he ones above there shoulders.

When it comes down to it, what are the five most important things that you think they need to know about their home inspector and inspection?

Go to the inspection. Ask questions. Expect the inspector to find many things needing attention and a few major items. Spend the inspection time with the inspector not other participant's .Expect to spend on average between 3 to 4 hours or more depending on the size and issues discovered during the process.

How do the state legislation's of Massachusetts affect the home inspection process?

It has made the insurance company and attorney's money. Far more frivolous law suits have risen due to the perception that a home inspectors insurance will pay for the mistakes made by the buyer in selecting the wrong home or not reading the home inspection report.

What legal facets should first time inspectors be aware of when it comes to the home inspection process?

The profession requires that you "observe and report" let the chips fall where they may.

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

A forgotten device is the telephone. Faster than a text, more personable than email and you have the opportunity to have the answers to your questions right now not later in the day. Our office is 617-928-1942 and I will be glad to answer questions from existing and future clients.

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