Bathtub leaks into the dining room, Home Inspector saves the Day!

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Home Inspector with Perfection Inspection, Inc.

The job of a home inspector is to provide the most precise and in depth information that is feasible for the time and cost.  Part of my service includes thermal imaging and it still surprises me that I am still the only inspector in Salem, Oregon that is taking advantage of this pocket ace.

Thermal imaging has been an absolute game changer for the home inspection industry. About eight years ago my wife and I bought our first home in Salem, Oregon. At that time I worked in construction and I was a pretty hand dude but I knew very little about furnaces, electrical systems, plumbing and many other integral parts of a typical home.

The home inspector that we hired, requested that we not show up till the end of the inspection. I didn't really like that advice so I showed up went he began his inspection. That excuse for an inspector spent about 45 minutes in our 1950's fixer and didn't say more than a dozen words to me, even though I was asking him questions constantly. He didn't even introduce himself!!

Upon moving in we realized that the furnace didn't work, the bathtub had a leak and the shower head barely had enough spray to get you wet!

A year pasted before I learned of thermal imaging and how their were a few inspectors across the country that were using this wonderful technology to offer more and better knowledge for their clients. I took the leap and became a home inspector.

 

Yup. That's a leak in this new house

 

Yesterday I inspected a new home and if not for my fancy little camera my clients would not of known about a plumbing leak. The leak was in the upstairs master tub and it had not caused any finish damage yet......

Equiped with the knowledge that I provided my clients were able to save the ceiling in their kitchen/dining room, the flooring in this area and all of the headaches that go along when you have to do major repairs to your home.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
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Jim...

This is an excellent way to discover a latent water problem. Good job.

Feb 01, 2010 12:42 PM #1
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Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

I read about a realtor here who went to an inspection and the inspector used it. Is this an additional cost?

Feb 01, 2010 01:23 PM #2
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Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Richard, Thanks I really enjoy it!

Robert,  I don't charge anything extra, because most people won't pay extra when things look just fine.  I never know when my fancy little camera is going to see weird and fantastic things so I use it all the time and I do not charge extra and I take market share.....

Feb 01, 2010 03:02 PM #3
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Darren Revell
Keller Williams Realty Temecula Valley - Temecula, CA

That thermal imaging is great.. Need to get our inspectors here in Canada using them...

Feb 01, 2010 05:40 PM #4
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Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Darren,  I am sure you will soon get a trail blazer up there.

Feb 02, 2010 12:13 AM #5
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Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
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I have seen thermal imaging used more and more in our market over the last year or so.  It IS a great extra tool in the inspector's "toolbox". 

Feb 02, 2010 12:41 AM #6
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Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Tom,  Well put.   As a diagnostic tool it is great, but probably not worth the price tag.  As a marketing tool however it is really priceless!

Feb 02, 2010 12:46 AM #7
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Trevor Elliott
RE/MAX Integrity - Salem, OR

Hey! That was my listing. Glad to have you in the arsenal. For my buyers and my sellers. Builders and contractors make mistakes.

Feb 02, 2010 07:29 AM #8
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Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Oh, yeah....Hey, the names were left out to protect the innocent Trevor!

Feb 02, 2010 11:52 PM #9
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

That fusion feature is really nice. My camera is older and does not have it.

Feb 04, 2010 06:42 AM #10
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I don't know of anyone in the San Diego area using thermal imaging yet. If there are, they aren't advertising it.

Feb 05, 2010 08:35 PM #11
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