By Linda Scherer
WINSTED, MN Max Fasching of Winsted has more than 20 years of experience in the building industry.
Through his new business, Maximum Home Inspections, Fasching uses his construction background to help prospective home buyers, sellers, contractors, or home owners, gain a better understanding of their home investment.
For each inspection, Fasching uses his expertise to evaluate his client’s home from top to bottom.
“To have an inspection is money well spent. You are getting a second set of eyes that are trained in the business,” Fasching said.
“There are many expensive things that can go wrong with a house, and the best time to learn about them is at the purchase time.”
Fasching has worked in the wood truss industry since he was 15 years old.
“I am at quite a few job sites for work each week and there are a lot of things that I see built poorly or incorrectly,” Fasching said. “A lot of things that building officials do not see.”
Giving an overview of what his home inspections are like, Fasching said he first steps back and looks at the whole house. Outside, he checks the roof to see if there is a sway to it, what kind of siding there is, where the gas shutoff is, if there is good drainage, and if there is a gutter system.
Inside the home, he starts in the basement and works his way up to the roof. He looks at the floor system, the structure itself, the electrical panel, the plumbing, and if there is any water intrusion.
He inspects the stairs and railing as he is walking up to the next level, looks at interior doors and windows, then makes sure there aren’t any leaks under the sinks.
In the attic he looks at the type of insulation, at the quantity, and and if there is proper ventilation.
One example of a problem Fasching discovered during a recent home inspection was the ventilation coming out of the furnace wasn’t sloped properly.
“You are almost asking for carbon monoxide to come back inside the home,” Fasching said.
In this case, the buyer was informed and Fasching recommended having it checked out by a plumbing and heating expert.
Fasching invites his clients to attend the inspection process, which takes an average of two to three hours. Following the inspection, he will walk his clients through the house while he explains his findings.
Within 24 hours, Fasching submits a detailed report to the client, which includes the complete inspection, as well as photos that were taken during the inspection.
“I used Maximum Home Inspections for a client buying his first home, IBR real estate agent Jeff Campbell said.
“Max (Fasching) went over and above to inform the buyer of not only the concerns prevalent with the home, but the overall function of the home,” Campbell said.
“First-time buyers lack the information needed to maintain a home. Max includes a professional booklet describing extensive information on how to keep a home in shape and avoid costly expenses,” Campbell said.
“Many homes on the market are foreclosures that show a lot of neglect and need to be purchased “as is.” That makes it very important to have a good inspector to analyze the true condition of the home,” Campbell said. “Maximum Home Inspections gives the home buyer confidence in their purchase.”
Besides Fasching’s bachelors degree in industrial/construction technology from St. Cloud State University, he has successfully completed the home inspection courses at Kaplan University.
“Even with a bachelors degree on the construction side and working in the business for 20 years, I decided that I wanted to get more education and training,” Fasching said.
“The Kaplan school was very good at bringing me up-to-date in home inspection training,” he added.
Fasching is also a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) which requires annual education courses and testing online about all aspects of the home inspection process. With each course, test scores have to be passed with 80 percent or higher to maintain certification with InterNACHI.
“It isn’t necessary to be certified to do inspections in the state of Minnesota today,” Fasching said, “but I think it’s important to go through the schooling, and use and belong to a professional organization that will keep me up-to-par in my skill set.”