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5 Things to Ask During Your Home Inspection: An Interview with Doug Elmore of Heritage Inspections, LLC

By Doug Elmore

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

Heritage Inspections, LLC has been in business for five years, state licensed and insured. Heritage Inspections, LLC preforms a verity of inspections.

Pre-Listing Inspection: Inspect your home before you sell it. Find and fix potential problems before your buy's inspector does.

Pre-Dry Wall Inspection: (New Home Construction) This type of inspection is done on new construction homes, just before the home is insulated and sheet rocked. A lot of items get covered up and never seen again. I can find them for you, before they become covered up. This will give you time for your contractor to repair said items.

Complete Home Inspection: This inspection will cover from inside your crawl space to the top of the roof. I will make sure to the best of my ability that all structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and appliances operate safely and as they are intended to.

Re-inspections: Items found on the original inspection report that were to be repaired.

Well Water Testing: I can test for Coliform, Lead, and Nitrites in your well water.

Radon Testing: Radon is a gas that comes out of the ground, odorless, and colorless, and very lethal. But it is treatable. If you are think of buying your new home (or own a home or townhome) that is on a slab or with a basement I would recommend a radon test.

Is it important for a home inspector to be licensed? Can you briefly explain why or why not?

It is very important to have any home you are thinking of buying or selling inspected. You can't take anyone's word that everything is working properly, buy the home and find out the bathroom toilet has been leaking and you are now responsible for the repair. Its summer time the weather is warm A/C is running then turns cold in the winter and you have no heat, you are now responsible. The roof has a leak that has caused water damage you are now responsible for the repairs.

Who should the home inspector technically be working for (or not working for)?

The Home Inspector works for the seller if they are thinking of selling their home, or the buyer looking for their new (first) home. We do not work for the broker, on site broker, or general contractor trying to sell a home.

What is one of the best questions that a client has asked you during an inspection?

I think one of the best questions that someone has asked me...What is that? Is that supposed to smell like that?

What are the types of questions that a potential home buyer should ask to follow-up on any defects you find?

The job of a licensed home inspector is not to ruin a sale or find every little thing wrong that they can. It is to make sure that your new home is safe and that everything is operating as it is supposed to.

Do you have a few tips for anything that people should not ask their home inspector?

A few things that you should not ask your home inspector: how much longer before that is going to need replacing? Is this up to code?

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

The best way for people to contact me is my cell # 919-417-5622 or at, through my web site:, Facebook, or Twitter.

You would never buy a car without kicking the tires and checking under the hood, would you? Would you buy a home before you had it checked out? That's what I do; I check from the foundation to roof. Let Heritage Inspections, LLC gives you peace mind for your investment.

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