Home inspection business launched by rural McLouth man
by Dennis Sharkey
Dave McGuire moved to rural McLouth seven years ago with his wife, Tammy, with the intention of retiring but that has changed.
In October McGuire launched DMI Home Inspections and is eager for work in Jefferson County.
“One day I was thinking I’ve got to find something else to do,” he said. “I thought with a little bit of schooling and hard work, ‘I could do that,’ and I’m doing that.”
McGuire ran into a home inspector one day and struck up a conversation. After talking with the man he decided to enroll at the Midwest Inspector’s Institute in Leavenworth. He graduated in 2010.
He spent most of last year following and interning with professional inspectors before launching his own business a few months ago.
McGuire is a retired Wyandotte County Sheriff’s deputy and has extensive experience in carpentry. He said his experience with investigations and working with his hands would provide a good background.
“I know the right way and wrong way of doing things,” McGuire said. “I married the two principles together.”
McGuire grew up in Kansas City but wanted to move after retirement and chose Jefferson County because family friends live close by.
His father grew up in Wamego and many times would bring him to Jefferson County to fish at Lake Perry.
McGuire said he loves living in Jefferson County and would like to work here as well. All of the inspections McGuire has performed have been in Douglas and other counties.
Making a name for himself locally is a challenge but the current state of the housing market is making that even tougher.
“It’s not a dream job,” he said. “It’s a job you have to work at every day.”
However, McGuire is optimistic and believes the market will correct in rural areas before urban areas.
DMI Home inspections is utilizing social media and has a Facebook page. Interested customers can also find more information and links on DMI’s Web site at www.dmihomeinspections.webs.com.
McGuire said a typical inspection takes about two to three hours and that more than 250 pictures are taken that are accompanied by a final report that is e-mailed to the costumer.
Most of McGuire’s customers are the buyers of the transaction. He said many times the customer is present during the inspection and he prefers it that way.
“They may see something that is really important to them and I can explain it to them right on the spot,” he said.
McGuire inspects nearly everything except swimming pools and chimneys.
“I do everything from the crawl space up to the top of the roof,” he said.
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