Lynette Carrington 2013-05-03 00:21:26
When it comes to home inspections, getting an unbiased, reliable and industry-proven opinion in the inspection process can provide peace of mind and confidence. Home inspections are of the utmost importance when it comes to determining the overall condition of a home. One of the key factors to ensuring that a home is structurally and internally sound is the reassuring voice of a reliable and industry-proven home inspector. Bruce LaBell, the owner of Royal Home Inspectors, comes with the education, the experience and the integrity that can put anyone’s mind at rest. “There are standards of practice issued by the state and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) that we must follow. We must look at heating, cooling, plumbing, windows, doors, outlets, the roof and the overall structural framing,” LaBell explains. “This is just the minimum standard we must follow,” he continues and certainly not the extent of his inspection list. “It’s not good enough to verbally walk through an inspection and identify items of interest. We have to issue a written report of our findings,” LaBell explains. Bruce LaBell and the Royal Home Inspectors are involved in a variety of inspections and complete them all with a high level of competence. These include pre-listing inspections, in which the seller requests an inspection to assess the issues before the home is listed. The buyer’s inspection is another service he provides, in which the buyer assesses the home before making the informed decision to proceed with their offer. He and his team also conduct safety inspections, which generally occurs when a concerned relative wishes to ensure the safety of the home and its systems. They also conduct assessments for mold, allergens and air quality (V.O.C.’s), as well as, general assessments and larger, commercial inspections. Real Estate LaBell has been called as an expert witness, and has helped defendants that were involved in class action lawsuits. “Usually, I’m hired by a home owner involved in litigation against a builder or contractor,” says LaBell. “Anyone involved in litigation needs an expert in the field to substantiate their position. I personally take more of a neutral position. It’s black or it’s white. It’s broken or it’s not broken approach.” With the certainty of an expert, he helps attorneys and their clients achieve justice and point out unsafe conditions that may exist. “While I cannot make it safe, I bring attention to unsafe conditions,” says LaBell. His duties as an inspector certainly keep him busy, but LaBell has positioned himself to further serve the real estate industry by teaching continued education classes at the Royal Home School of Real Estate, which he founded. These courses enable real estate professionals to obtain annual credits needed to retain their license. “I currently offer five different classes regarding home inspection information real estate professionals should know to protect and inform their clients. I actually do the teaching and my school issues the certificates,” explained LaBell. He genuinely has the best interests of his students at heart. He doesn’t teach to the test; he wants to impart valuable information that can be used in the field to assist clients. LaBell also offers his expertise on radio segments and television shows such as “Real Estate from A to Z,” “TV3 Midday,” and “Rosie on the House.” “Everyone should have access to simple, easy to understand, basic information explained by a trained professional,” he says of his time contributed to the media. Divorce While for some people, the process of divorce is a simple breaking of ties; it can become complicated very quickly. Between squabbles over the kids, the dog, the money and the house; attorneys have their work cut out for them. For LaBell, he finds that people sometimes overlook the value of their home during these arguments. “Just because one side wins the home, doesn’t mean they’ve won a prize,” explains LaBell. “There could be all sorts of work that may need to be immediately addressed. It is important to draw attention to those issues and determine if the client has a home or a money pit.” LaBell and his company work with homeowners and attorneys to “determine the overall condition of the home as it relates to the division of assets.” This allows attorneys and their clients to have a serious, informed discussion about the home and not waste precious time and resources. Litigation & Trusts LaBell and his team pride themselves on their ability to help ensure the safety of someone’s home. For young children and the elderly this is particularly important. For the elderly, the concern can multiply. If someone lives alone, then the family members need to rest assured that the home is entirely functional and safe for their loved ones. We evaluate homes where there is an elderly family member present. Are there any significant safety and or functionality issues that may be expensive to repair? The home may be in a trust but, its overall condition is unknown. Therefore, the trust may encounter extensive upgrades and repairs to the home that helps ensure your elderly family member’s accessibility and safety.” said LaBell. Sharing Expertise LaBell has a history of excellence and involvement in the community, including an impressive list of certifications, qualifications and board memberships. A few of Bruce’s certifications include: ASHI Certified Inspector™ (ACI), Tile Roof Institute certification, Mold Assessment certification, Moisture Free for 3 tab roof shingles certification and Distressed Property expert. In addition, LaBell is FEMA certified for disaster inspections. He is also certified, bonded and insured in the state of Arizona. In his role as a mentor, LaBell takes the opportunity to share his indepth knowledge with prospective and existing home inspectors in real world settings. “I like taking the opportunity to mentor students and inspectors who are not very strong in the field or need extra training. It gives me a chance to improve the industry as well as strengthening my own skills.” LaBell said. For LaBell, home inspections go beyond the monetary value of a case or a divorce acquisition; he is assessing the safety of someone’s home. He weighs the value of his expertise heavily and appreciates the positive or negative results of his assessment. He knows, however, that no matter the damage, he must honestly and impartially determine the stability of the home. LaBell continues to echo this sentiment, while bringing a high level of ethics and experience to the job by educating, informing and elevating the integrity of the industry as a whole.
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