Q: How do I choose a Home Inspector?
A: Call up and ask about their credentials and experience. If for some reason you don't feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection. You must feel that the inspector is qualified, experienced and attentive of your needs. More
Thomas A. Gaba, of Cleveland, Ohio, performed his apprenticeship for the Home Inspection Services as a Building Service Technician. He began by spending three years as the youngest Building Superintendent for the prestigious Winton Place Apartments in Lakewood, Ohio. Certificates of completion in Heating and Air Conditioning classes from the West Side Institute of Technology prepared him to maintain the heating systems for Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio
After fifteen years at Dollar Bank in Cleveland, Tom strengthened his knowledge in real estate by first becoming their Construction Coordinator, and then Senior Property Inspector on commercial and residential properties, dealing with many Government Housing Authorities throughout the state.
At Cleveland State University Tom earned his certification credits for "Ohio Plumbing Codes" and "Ohio Basic Building Codes". Additionally, continuing education courses in Real Estate at Cuyahoga Community College. Certificates of Course Completion for Home Inspections from the Sonoran Desert Institute of Arizona (a requirement for state licensing in Arizona). Tom is one of a select few that hold Certifications for Inspection and installation for Stucco and E.I.F.S (Exterior Insulated Finish Systems) from EDI (Exterior Design institute) the Moisture Warranty Corp. and A.W.C.I. (Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry). These are some of the highlights of Tom's educational background on buildings and properties, along with continuing education courses through the many Chapters of the American Society of Home Inspectors ®
In 1994, Tom formed the Buyers Home Inspection Service, Inc. to help prospective home buyers and sellers understand the networking of the systems within their homes.
Since its conception in 1998, Tom also helped develop and administer continuing educational classes for home inspectors and those wishing to gather more information to pass the American Society of Home Inspectors® and National Home Inspectors Exam's. He has also written articles for several Home Inspectors internet forums and the North Central Ohio ASHI® Chapter newsletter..
Tom is a proud member of:
· Member since 1992, National Organization of the American Society of Home Inspectors®, #200296 (A.S.H.I.)
· Member since 1999, North Central Ohio ASHI Chapter ; 2004 Secretary and 2005 Vice President, Web Master and Special Events Coordinator
· Member of the Ohio Chapter of ASHI® and Great Lakes Chapter of ASHI®
· Member, Designer & Web Master. Cleveland, Ohio area Inspectors 5000 Plus Group .
· Associate Member, Cleveland Area Board of Realtors®, and Affiliates Council Member & Co-Chair Person 2009
· Member, E.D.I. (Exterior Design Institute # OH-37)
· Member, A.W.C.I. (Association of the Wall & Ceiling Industry)
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