1. Qualified - I have extensive training and a background in real estate. I am always continuing my education as a home inspector by taking new courses and acquiring new certifications in areas such as roofing, mobile home inspections, and under floor crawlspace inspections. I hold a current license from the state of Tennessee and am insured. For complete list of current certifications and courses taken.
2. Honesty - I follow all laws and rules for all home inspectors from the great state of Tennessee. Be assured, I work for my client and no one else. My ethical and legal obligation is to the interests of my client, and if you decide to use my services as a home inspector I will endeavor to fulfill that obligation to the best of my ability. You can rest assured that there are no conflicts of interest that would prohibit me from creating a full report of any and all deficiencies or defects that I observe in the home I am contracted to inspect. My report goes straight to my client only, and can only be viewed by my client, unless they choose to share with others.
3. Professional I have a great deal of respect and gratitude for all real estate professionals who refer their clients to me. We are all here to provide service to our clients and I am happy to serve the Oak Ridge area's home inspection needs.
4. Value When you hire me to inspect a home, you will receive a full report by email, complete with photos to better show defects and deficiencies that may be encountered. Every report is thorough, informative, and detailed, and, of course, I'm ready to answer any questions you may have afterward. I will inspect everything from the top of the roof down into the crawl space.
5. On Time Your time is valuable and I realize how important it is to get the report to you in a timely manner in order to enable the real estate sales process to move forward. I will endeavor to schedule the appointment as soon as humanly possible at all times. Just as soon as I finish the visual inspection, I will take all of my digital photos and notes home to create your report and will have it to you normally within 24 hours, or sooner, if possible.
6. Physically Fit Fitness has always been one of my top priorities and fitness really comes in handy in the home inspection field when it comes to crawling around under a floor or climbing onto a roof top. Safety is always a concern and being able to get around under and around a home without getting hurt is vital to a successful home inspection.
7. Thorough I have an extensive check list that I follow from the bottom of the home to the top. I thoroughly visually inspect the roof, crawl space, electrical panel, outlets, visible pipes, heating and air systems. I check for problems with moisture, signs of roof leaks, proper grade, proper guttering, flashing, etc. You would be amazed of how small details like having guttering that properly flows well enough away from the house could potentially save you thousands in water damage to the foundation walls.
Buying a home is the biggest investment you will ever likely make. It's vital that you get someone to inspect your home that is qualified and that doesn't rush through. The fact that you entrust me with creating a report on a purchase as important to you and your family's future as your home is a great honor and one that I do not take lightly. There is a great deal of stress in buying a home, and I will endeavor to do my part to make the home inspection portion of the home buying decision-making process as helpful to you as possible.
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Oak Ridge Facts
Oak Ridge's nicknames include the Atomic City, the Secret City, the Ridge, and the City Behind the Fence.
Oak Ridge was established in 1942 as a production site for the Manhattan Project—the massive American, British, and Canadian operation that developed the atomic bomb.
In 1942, the United States federal government chose the area as a site for developing materials for the Manhattan Project. Maj. Gen. Leslie Groves, military head of the Manhattan Project, liked the area for several reasons. Its relatively low population made acquisition affordable, yet the area was accessible by both highway and rail, and utilities such as water and electricity were readily available due to the recent completion of Norris Dam. Finally, the project location was established within a 17-mile-long (27 km) valley. This feature was linear and partitioned by several ridges, providing natural protection against the spread of disasters at the four major industrial plants—so they wouldn't blow up "like firecrackers on a string."
The location and low population also helped keep the town a secret, though the population of the settlement grew from about 3,000 in 1942 to about 75,000 by 1945. The K-25 uranium-separating facility by itself covered 44 acres and was the largest building in the world at that time. The name "Oak Ridge" was chosen for the settlement in 1943 from among suggestions submitted by project employees. The name related to the settlement's location along Black Oak Ridge, and officials thought the rural-sounding name "held outside curiosity to a minimum." The name wasn't formally adopted until 1949, and the site was referred to as the Clinton Engineer Works (CEW) until then.
Two years after World War II ended, Oak Ridge was shifted to civilian control, under the authority of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The Roane Anderson Company administered community functions, including arranging housing and operating buses, under a government contract. In 1959 the town was incorporated. The community adopted a city manager and City Council form of government rather than direct federal control.
Oak Ridge's scientific heritage is explored in the American Museum of Science and Energy.
The Department of Energy runs a nuclear and high-tech research establishment at the site and performs national security work. Titan, a supercomputer at the National Laboratory, is, as of November 2012, the world's fastest supercomputer. Tours of parts of the original facility are available to American citizens from June through September. The tour is so popular that a waiting list is required for seats.