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390 Knightsbridge

Alabaster, AL 35007

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Spencer: 205-960-1090

Office: 205-605-9464

Spencer@sterlinginspectionservices.com

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Chances are likely that this is one of those events that you won’t do many times! I meet homeowners everyday who tell me that this is the first home that they are buying and that they simply don't know where to begin the process! I like to hear that, simply because it...

You buy a home in June.

The day after moving in, your air conditioner goes out. And you know, it’s not like you need that since the temperature is only in the low 90’s that day. 

It sure would have been nice to know this before you bought the house.

This happens from time...

November 14, 2018

According to several leading websites (from my Google search), the average yearly salary for home inspectors is somewhere around $50,000 - $75,000. When we dig a bit deeper, we find that in the State of Alabama, that average seems to come out around $70,000 for full-ti...

November 14, 2018

In every industry, there are always those who are really good and really bad, and most of the time we just hope to end up somewhere towards the upper range. My industry is not different, except for the fact that in my state we are regulated (Thank God) and in other sta...

November 14, 2018

I’m fortunate to have built a business in an industry that serves a ‘need’. As long as people buy and sell homes, and as long as people have jobs outside of the construction trades, there will always be a need for home inspectors. The thing about this job though is tha...

November 14, 2018

The home inspection process itself is one of the steps in a real estate closing that I have found most agents worry over the most. This is often felt on either side, whether the agent is representing the buyer or the seller. The inspector comes in and everyone holds th...

I recently sat down with an excellent book written by Simon Sinek entitled “Start with Why”. I’ll be honest, this book has sat on my shelf for some time now, and though I’ve picked it up once before and thumbed through the introduction, I felt that I had more pressing...

Our industry is still relatively new. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the home inspection industry was born. Prior to this, buyer’s typically didn’t know what exactly they were getting themselves into, and certainly didn’t have the knowledge of security that modern hom...

If you were to ask me, “Spencer, what’s the single most common thing you see as a problem on any given inspection?”, i’d tell you the mundane answer that you were not expecting: blocked gutters.

I’m surprised now that you are even reading another sentence! Do you really...

So yesterday I’m at a home inspection…

Now, per my standard protocol I arrive 15 minutes early and begin my inspection process walking around the exterior of the house. Our roof, in this particular case, was much too steep to be walked on, so in our case a ladder and bi...

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