As a home inspector for more than 10 years, Ted Dinkelman has combined experience working with carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roofing and more, with the highest possibly training and continuing education. Beyond maintaining his Illinois license as a qualified home inspector (only about half of those taking the test pass), he’s also a member of NACHI, the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. He completes 24 hours of NACHI training each year – four times the requirement in Illinois and Wisconsin.
He’s also passed NACHI’s qualifications for Certified Master Home Inspector. That has helped him to prepare for the surprise of a raccoon looking back at him from a chimney, or a skunk waddling across a basement floor. More importantly, it’s ensured that, when he’s done providing a home inspection, his customers have an accurate understanding of the condition of the home.
While uncovering issues during home inspections in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, his first priority is looking out for dangerous situations. In this regard, he sees his role as a home inspector to help protect homeowners, their family and friends from situations that could lead to bodily harm or worse.
It’s also his role is to ensure that prospective buyers aren’t caught in the kind of emotional trap that can blind them to potential problems. He knows their dream home can turn to an expensive nightmare without a quality home inspection. As a homeowner himself, he understands the emotional draw when someone finds a home that seems just right. While it’s not his job to burst their bubble, they do deserve a full inventory of the condition of the home.
As for sellers, there his home inspection services are equally vital. It’s always better to take care of a problem before the buyer’s home inspector finds it. Instead of more economical corrections, the buyer will want to deduct the costs of repairs using the highest possible bids for the work.