About This Guy
Al Bolt is an independent InterNACHI certified home inspector doing home and commercial inspections as a full-time commitment since 2000. He is trained to be a detective in regard to the construction and working parts of a building.
All of Al Bolt’s inspections are 100% unbiased with his client's best interests and protection in mind. After the inspection, Al offers an onsite review; then provides the client with a detailed, easy-to-read, user-friendly report with digital photos.
A quality inspection requires a lot of work. Ultimately, a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector’s own knowledge, experience and efforts. Regarding a building and its components, each is incredibly unique! Al guarantees that he will give you his very best effort – Inspected once, Inspected right. He considers every home a distinct challenge and dives into it. He takes the time necessary for a thorough inspection - He's not just looking around and he's not racing the clock. When he is done with the inspection he knows the home better than anyone ever has.
Here are some words from Al himself:
Hi everyone and thank you for checking me out.
I'm known as the "Home Detective" due to my long history and reputation for being very thorough. This is my goal and I know that's what is appreciated. I don't hurry through an inspection, rather, I take the time necessary for the individual building - as there is a lot to “look at” and, just as important, a lot to “look for”.
Some realtors give me the aka "The Deal Killer": not my goal, but sometimes happens when I find something or some things which are not acceptable to my client. I'm not apologetic for finding such things. Actually, just the opposite, as I consider it a feather in my cap when it happens because it's beneficial to my clients, keeping them from getting into something unforeseen they didn't want to get into or deal with. Revealing and discussing such deficiencies help my clients with their decisions of accepting, adjusting or walking away.
It is for good reason if you find my fees are higher than others: a home inspection fee should correspond with the experience and thoroughness of the inspector. Price shopping a home inspection would be prudent if a home inspection was a commodity item such as a box of cereal or a gallon of gas. Rather than a commodity, my home inspections are a "developed professional service". Can one imagine a wealthy buyer of a 30 million dollar used yacht considering a cheap inspection? The analogy may be extreme but the costs are relative in regards to being major investments for each. So, in regards to price shopping for a home inspection, one’s mindset may need to be adjusted, because, in reality, the most expensive inspection is the most reasonable and beneficial for you as a knowledgeable home buyer since we're most likely talking about the most expensive personal investment so far in your lifetime. The temporary satisfaction of a cheap inspection upfront can lead to a more costly overall experience. Throughout the inspection, I am both conscious and conscientious of the fact that the home you're looking at will become a major investment of your time and money.
Now you know me a little better.
Hoping to help you and share the excitement of your upcoming venture,
The Home Detective
Education and Experience
Certified through the “School of Building Inspectors” and the “National Association of Certified Home Inspectors” in 2000
Certified mold inspector since 2002
EPA accredited asbestos inspector since 2008
Passed certification exams of the Professional Building Inspection Curriculum (PBIC) the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI) and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
Ongoing participation in continuing education programs
Passed certification exams for comprehensive electrical, roofing & structural, decking, siding, ..... inspection courses
29 years of building and contracting experience
All this experience and expertise are brought to each inspection