Today we’d like to introduce you to Tracey Litt.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Tracey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I begin training as a home inspector in 2009 and apprenticed with, and then worked for, a small company until 2014. In 2014, I accepted a position with Liberty Mutual as part of a pilot program to start a Home Inspection division. The project was short lived and in 2016 I left and started my own home inspection company. Prior to training as a home inspector, I have worked as a project coordinator for a residential new construction company and prior to that I was a professional photographer (primarily photojournalism and editorial portraiture) and a photo editor for a large national publication in New York City.
Has it been a smooth road?
Unfortunately, I think there are always challenges for a woman working in traditionally male professions. As a photojournalist, some of those manifested in limited access or literally being physically boxed out. As a home inspector, it is much subtler.
Sometimes a client’s father or father-in-law will come along on the inspection and over-shadow me at first. But, then, they quickly realize that I know my stuff and they then fade to the background. But, overall, the reception I receive as a woman home inspector is great. Often people are really excited and comment on how happy they are to see women in this field.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Litt Home Inspection story. Tell us more about the business.
I perform residential home inspections for buyers, sellers and/or homeowners. I believe that my job is to provide my clients with as much information as possible about their future home. Ninety percent of my work comes from referrals; either past clients or local realtors. I believe that one of the things that sets me apart is the time that I take at the start of the inspection to describe the process, set the expectations and find out a bit about my clients and any particular concerns or interests that they may have. During the inspection, I share information regarding the maintenance and operation of systems and components.
Furthermore, my written reports are delivered by the end of the day of the inspection, loaded with pictures and easy to read and include multiple summaries that help prioritize the issues. I believe that my background in photojournalism provides me with a keen eye for detail and the ability to communicate information in a narrative format providing a comprehensive description of the condition of the property.
Additionally, I am available to answer questions from my clients for the length of time that they live in the home.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think the use of technology will continue to make report writing easier and faster.
- Single family homes start at $645
- Condos start at $525
- I offer radon test kits for $75 and continuous radon monitoring machine testing for $200
- Website: www.litthomeinspection.com
- Phone: 617-631-8446
- Email: Tracey@LittHomeInspection.com
- Yelp: www.yelp.com/biz/litt-home-inspection-medford