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HI March 2020

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Healthy Indoors | 69 gest investment in your life who has been doing this for 25 years or one who has been doing it for 2 years? And as always, be wary of referrals from real estate agents. The inspector they recommend may be good but they also may either do "quickie" inspections where they say everything is okay in order to please the agent and get more work from them, or even get a kickback. Remember, the agent stands to get a big, juicy commission if the sale goes through, so why would they recommend a tough inspector who is trying to protect the home buyer and point out all the defects in the house? Mark Jones is the president of Certified Inspections, Inc. based in the NY, NJ, CT tri-state area. For further informa- tion, please visit: www.certifiedinspections.com ation, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the National Soci- ety of Environmental Consultants, and the National Envi- ronmental Association. There are also home inspection schools or institutes from which one could provide a diploma or certificate. I at- tended the Building Specs Institute in Annapolis, MD, the B.O.C.E.S. course in home inspection, the BTS Laboratory course on mold testing, seminars given by EMSL Analytical labs, and many continuous education seminars given by ASHI. Although work experience in related fields like con- struction, architecture and engineering are helpful, they do not address all of the specific needs required to perform a quality home inspection, which is why specific training in the home inspection field is paramount. Although licens- ing is now required, what is more important is actual field experience, so when choosing an inspector, one should always inquire as to how many years of experience the person has. For instance, I have been doing them for 25 years. Would you rather hire someone to look over the big- i

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