Today we’d like to introduce you to Dean Nielsen.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Dean. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always had an interest in homes. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been doing my own home repairs, and if I didn’t have the knowledge to fix something, I’d acquire it. I started my career in the HVAC industry, doing Commercial Refrigeration for almost 10 years. I also have a background in Environmental Inspections, inspecting for mold, asbestos, and lead. One day, I was visiting my father in law and I noticed a crack in the tile along his kitchen floor, that he had just laid. I told him he had foundation issues on the concrete slab under his house. My wife laughed and made a comment that inspired me to pursue a different career path. She said “You need to get paid to tell people what is wrong with their home.” That is when I decided to become a Home Inspector. The knowledge that I have acquired over the years has given me a keen eye for all elements and systems in a home. I’ve spent years studying them and learning from my experience. In addition to this, I have a strong desire to serve people. What better way to serve than by protecting the investments of hard working people. I started my company, Titus Inspections, in 2014 expecting years to go by before becoming an established and reputable company. However, I quickly realized that dealing honestly and with integrity, word will travel fast. My clients, as well as the real estate agents I’ve worked with, appreciate the kindness and patience I use. Being available to my clients to answer questions and set their minds at ease during the stressful home buying process has gone a long way, as the referrals keep coming in. I’m constantly learning in this field, no two inspections are the same, and it keeps me on my toes. I enjoy what I do. I enjoy treating every client as if it were my own family member buying a house, giving them an honest report of what they are buying, from top to bottom. Titus Inspections is family owned and operated. My wife edits all of my reports, she updates my schedule, she is my Press Secretary, my PR expert, my speech writer…we make a great team. We love our community, and we truly enjoy serving together by working hard to provide peace of mind to home buyers.
Has it been a smooth road?
Starting a company is a big venture. It involves taking risks and believing in something bigger than yourself. Having faith to step out and take that risk was the first big struggle I encountered. Another struggle has been with scheduling. As I’ve worked through the years to get my name out there and build my company and client base, I’ve had to supplement my income by working another job. This means there is a lot of working around the clock. Building a company implicates a season of constant work, never turning down a call, because every inspection is an open door to another inspection. The grind continues and it is constant, but the payoff is worth the grind, and I have a solid support system to keep me going.
So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Titus Inspections story. Tell us more about the business.
Whether you are buying or selling a property, it is always important to have as much information as possible before entering into negotiations. Skipping a home inspection may lead to future repairs with a cost much greater than the home inspection. A home inspection allows a client to be informed of any potentially costly repairs and recommended solutions. It is also important to understand the real quality of the home to provide peace of mind for the client.
A home inspection is an unbiased written report, checklist, and photographs of what the inspector observes during the inspection based on the condition of the home. A home inspector reports on the condition of the structure of the home, roof, and major systems. The inspection report will include maintenance recommendations, major defects and anything that can lead to major defects, anything that would delay your ability to obtain insurance or finance the home, and safety hazards. A home inspection will make recommendations to the client and advise of any safety hazards or areas that would require maintenance or immediate repairs.
Choosing the right home inspector can be difficult. Unlike most professionals, you probably will not get to meet me until after you hire me. Furthermore, different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and different pricing. One thing for sure is that a home inspection requires work, a lot of work. Ultimately a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspectors own effort. Not only do I take my time making sure everything is covered, I make myself available to my clients. My confidence and patience helps set home buyers at ease and I take pride in my skill set and experience as a home inspector. I am a people person. I enjoy communicating and helping my clients understand what they are buying, and making this part of the real estate transaction smooth, and even fun.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
People will always be buying homes. California has a competitive real estate market and there is always going to be a need for integrity-driven professionals to inform buyers of what they are really getting in a home purchase. And my job is to continue to educate myself. I want to be a perpetual learner when it comes to homes, so I can continue assisting home buyers. Our professional and comprehensive service, together with an informed buyer, makes for a quick closing in this fast-paced market.
- Website: www.TitusInspect.com
- Phone: 310-427-5197
- Email: TitusInspect@gmail.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/titusinspect/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/titus-inspections-torrance
Photos by Holly Mosebar