Home & Commercial Inspections
   I'm Gary Rusk, the owner of Rusk Professional Property Inspection  and a U.S. Army Veteran. I've also been a licensed General Contractor in Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia with 40+ years of experience in residential and commercial construction. I encourage you to call several competitors before booking a Home Inspection with me, as I am confident you will be calling back.  

I'm a professional Inspector!
Buyer Beware!   Choose The Right Home Inspector!

A few questions are listed below to ask the inspector(s) when you are calling, this may help you in choosing the right Inspector
How do I go about choosing the right inspector?   Ohio is an unlicensed state for inspectors, anyone can claim to be a home inspector. 

Answering that question requires that you do a little investigating. Below are questions you will want to ask and my response. You will need to decide if this is the type of responses you will want to receive from the Inspector you decide to use.

Hint: the inspector that just throws out a price, without asking you a ton of questions in return, this is the last inspector you want to work with. A true professional will actually converse with you, for as long as it takes, until you both have all your questions answered, and you have a really good feel for who he/she is. This is not a two minute phone call. I sometimes talk with potential clients for 15 - 45 minutes. You are making a major investment, treat it as such.

1.  What does your inspection cover?          I will conduct a thorough inspection of your home, inside and out. My job as a home inspector is to observe, document and report conditions that I see.
Go to my what's inspected page for more information

2.  How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?   

Off and on from 1973 to now, I have completed somewhere between 15 - 18 thousand inspections, between manufactured homes, modular homes, residential homes, condos, restaurants and commerical buildings. I have lost count over the last 40+ years

3.  Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?     Yes; in residential & commerical, see my qualifications page

4.  Do you offer to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?         No I do not!!!   To protect your pocket book, keep inspection and repair work separate, and beware of inspectors who offer their services for other tasks not inspection service related.

Tip: Quite a number of contractors advertise as home inspectors. The conflict of interest is obvious. BEWARE!!!

5.  How long will the inspection take?     The answer to this question will clearly indicate how thorough the inspection will be performed. No matter how small, new, or well kept a home is, an inspection should take no less than 2.5 to 4 or more hours to perform depending on the house.

Tip: Some inspectors pride themselves on performing quick inspections (1- 2 hrs).   Avoid these inspectors.

6. What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?       A concise, easy-to-read and in-depth Residential Inspection Report with photos will be generated and delivered by email  within 24 - 48 hrs. See my sample report page

7. Will I be able to attend the inspection?   YES     This is an education about the home.   I welcome all clients to attend the inspection to get a firsthand account of the condition of the home. Some clients have specific concerns and this is the best time to review them with me, you are free to ask questions at any time during your home inspection.  If for any reason you are unable to attend, your questions can be answered by phone at any time.