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An Open Letter from Jim Salmon to All Potential Home Inspection Clients


Hi Folks,

My name is Jim Salmon and I am a New York State licensed home inspector. I have also been the host of the Home Repair Clinic Radio Programs on WHAM 1180 for the last twenty-eight years in Rochester, NY. The purpose of this letter is to inform you about several aspects of the home inspection process and about me as a home inspector.


First of all, there is no question you can find a less expensive home inspection. My basic home inspection costs $380 for a home less than 2000 square feet in Monroe County. Many other home inspection companies charge less.

Second, I am absolutely the least popular home inspector in Rochester, NY with the real estate sales folks. I have been threatened, lied to and about, black-listed, and some other things I don’t care to discuss. The reason for that: I represent you, my client. My goal is to give you the most thorough home inspection, not to make sure your deal goes through with the real estate agent. It is not my concern whether you buy a particular home or not as long as you understand about that home.

I represent your best interest, always. You are my client and my responsibility is to you. My home inspections reflect the truth about a home: nothing more, nothing less. It is what it is. I do not minimize home repair issues and will not allow that to happen during my inspections. A toilet which is loose on the floor is just as important to me as a bowed and cracked foundation wall. There is a tremendous amount of information I need to transfer from me to you as my client in a relatively short period of time. I promise you that I will always represent you every single time.

If I had to rely on referrals from real estate folks I don’t know what I would be doing for a living, but it wouldn’t be home inspections. Fortunately, I have a unique and fun way to advertise my home inspection business. The Home Repair Clinic Radio Programs on WHAM 1180 AM are among the most popular shows in the country. The home improvement talk show airs each Saturday morning from 6:00 to 10:00am with Co-Host, John Welch and on Sundays from 9:00 to 11:00am with John and occasionally guest co-hosts.

I am one of the busiest home inspectors in the Rochester, NY area and have been for 28 years. In the spring of 2006, I was appointed by then Governor George Pataki to the first New York State Home Inspector Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is responsible for developing a Code of Ethics and a Standard of Practice for home inspectors, while advising the New York Secretary of State on all matters relating to the licensing of home inspectors in New York.

I would truly love to do your home inspection and greatly thank you for trusting me with your home inspection. Please call my office at 585-589-5650 at your convenience with any questions you may have or to set up an appointment.

Thank You,

Jim Salmon


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Another approach for home inspections!
Jim received this email from Kevin; 
"Most people think of home inspections when they are buying a house. But periodic home inspections are good anytime! I had a grading problem around the back of my house and didn't know about it until I had water problems in my basement. I didn't have a storm door on my back door and didn't know that was going to be a problem until I learned water had leaked in and rotted the floor.

How often are you supposed to proactively change a hot water tank?
Is my attic getting good ventilation?
When do I worry about my roof? (don't want to wait until it leaks)
What is that black stuff on the ceiling of my garage?
Why does the wind blow straight through my builder grade windows?"

The best way to get these questions answered is to have a home inspection on your house!

Jim Salmon, Home Inspector, provides these services basically in two ways;
You can have a full home inspection where Jim will inspect everything in the home, roof, chimney, gutters, drainage, plumbing, heating, electrical, exterior and interior walls, windows, doors, etc. and you will have a written report noting any issues along with estimates of work that may need done. The report helps you prioritize what repairs to make, the ones that need attention immediately or those that can wait.

The second option is a "partial" inspection in which Jim will spend approximately an hour and perform a visual of a particular issue at your house. This is a verbal opinion from Jim to determine the problem and the fix.

Depending on which you choose the pricing varies. We determine our rate by county and square footage for the full inspection. For example, a 1500' home in Monroe County the rate would be $380. For a partial at that home, $160. (Rates are different for other counties & square footage)

Jim has the experience and knowledge to give you a very thorough inspection, he has 'seen it all' and can certainly help you know what's going on with your house. It could save you thousands in repairs later on!

Just call the office at 585-589-5650 and get on the schedule!

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