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ASK THE EXPERT KELLY PERKINS INTERVIEW

HOUSE INSPECTOR , RICK YERGER

It ’ s not what you see ; it ’ s what you don ’ t see !

Before submitting an offer , most buyers only see the house once or twice . Therefore , a home inspection is a crucial part of the purchasing process . The purpose of the inspection is to provide an educational / professional overview of the house .
Kelly : Starting as a residential appraiser in the 1980s helped set me apart and lay the groundwork for my success as a sales agent today . What in your background has contributed to your success ? Rick : My formal home inspection training makes me a better inspector . Additionally , my past construction background was critical in developing the necessary instincts when inspecting a home . A home inspector with good instinct can use the observations found during an inspection to reveal other defects within the house that could otherwise go undetected .
Kelly : As a residential salesperson , numerous disclosures must be read , understood , presented , and signed , with more coming out each year . How do you stay on top of your regulations and code changes ? Rick : I belong to three inspection associations ( CREIA ), ( ASHI ), and ( interNACHI ), all of which require continuing education credits ( CEC ’ s ) each year . Additionally , the OC Chapter of CREIA has monthly meetings where we talk about code changes , building standards , the latest tools , avoiding accidents , and avoiding lawsuits , etc .
Kelly : Over my career , I have had some “ you can ’ t make this up ” moments , which can often be stressful and / or humorous . In one listing presentation , there was a “ soundproof ” dancing room in the basement , hidden and accessible behind a mirror on the wall and inside the
room … a full-size “ confessional booth .” I was out of there lightning fast ! Between you and your inspector friends , who you refer to as your “ Master Mind Group ,” I am sure you have come up with some unique discoveries . Rick : My Master Mind Group
consists of five local home inspectors who chat and text daily questions about code or help articulate something we ’ ve observed during our inspection . It ’ s like having a home inspection hotline available 24 / 7 . Home inspectors witness hilarious attempts by unqualified , unskilled persons and DIY ’ ers using YouTube as their guide . Substandard Installation of water heaters is a classic and repetitive example of this . Our “ group ” will take a photo and share it with the others for laughs . It ’ s a good way to stay connected and close with my colleagues .
Kelly : I understand you are a celebrity ! Can you share a bit about your career on TV ? Rick : In my glory days , I had the opportunity to host HGTV House Detective and DIY Networks “ Finders Fixers .”
Kelly : What are common problems in older homes in Laguna or Newport ? Rick : “ Water is your home ’ s worst enemy ”.
I take it as a big responsibility for buyers I represent to know what they are buying . Having the trust of a home inspector to find what is hidden is where the real expertise comes in . After all , having a safe home is as essential as having a home you love !
KELLY PERKINS Kelly is a Realtor with Compass and is a Coastal Specialist with over 23 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry , starting out as one of the first certified Appraisers back in the 1980 ’ s . KellyPerkins @ compass . com DRE # 01932146
RICK YERGER Rick is president of Building Specs , Inc . and is a nationally recognized home inspector who is specialized and trained in all aspects of residential construction and has been the co-host of “ The House Detective ” and “ Finders Fixers ” as seen on HGTV and DIY Network . info @ buildingspecscorp . com
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