Mark Mustola has been accepted as an expert witness by several Michigan courts. He can provide on-site investigation, research, and expert testimony to support litigation in construction and home inspection cases.
ValueCheck has developed a series of presentations to provide Realtors with what they need to be aware of in order to be excellent in their role. Here are two examples of classes we often provide:
Top Defects that Cause Distress
Learn how to identify Federal Pacific Stab-Lok Electric Panels, Zinsco Electric Panels, Aluminum Wiring, Asbestos, Mold. When you are listing a house, being familiar with these things will enable you to better coach your sellers on things that could slow down their deal. Also, when you are on a home inspection and the inspector says “the whole house has to be rewired!” you will be better equipped to manage the situation by knowing workarounds and cost magnitude of these defects.
Helps Agents understand inspection scope and “standard of care” and how Errors & Omissions insurance protects agents. We have some interesting lawsuit stories to share (fortunately not involving ValueCheck).
Occasionally, a customer wants an inspection of an individual component such as a roof or foundation, rather than the entire home. Although we encourage the customer to gain as much knowledge about the home as possible, we are willing to do partial inspections based on customer needs.
During inspections we sometimes see evidence of pests. We look for wood destroying insects, hornet nesting, and mice or bats in the attic or crawl space. If you are getting a VA or FHA mortgage, a pest or wood destroying insect inspection may be required. ValueCheck has the certification to perform this inspection and provide the report required by special loan programs.