The Home Inspector: Alex Byron
I love being a home inspector because it is so rewarding. I am very passionate about helping people, and I really enjoy sharing my knowledge with my clients. So much, actually, that I wrote a book about home maintenance for my clients.
As your home inspector, I will be your advocate. I only work for you – not the realtor, not the seller, not the lender, or anybody else. I have a fiduciary duty to you, my client, and will always act only in your best interest.
My goal is to make sure that after the inspection you:
- Are confident that I gave you all the information I possibly could about the home
- Are confident that you can now make a good decision to either buy the home with confidence – or walk away knowing that it was not meant to be after all
- Walk away from the inspection feeling empowered with knowledge
- Feel more at ease and less stressed
The Mascot: Mojo The Home Pro
Mojo (which is short for Lord Mojo Filthwad von Sheddington II) is the official mascot of Desert Diamond Home Inspections. He is a rescue from Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). When people ask what kind of breed he is, we usually say he’s a German Sh**bull (German Shepherd-Pitbull mix, geddit?). That’s our best guess, anyway.
Mojo feels strongly about home maintenance. So much, in fact, that he provides home maintenance tips on social media and helped co-author the home maintenance book. Whenever I work on home maintenance tasks at home, his furry snoot is always right next to me, supervising.
In addition to being a mascot, social media star, and author, he is also a calendar model featured in the 2022 PACC calendar, and he was the cover model/story of Tucson Dog Magazine Dec. 2021. Quite the accomplished fur bag, ain’t he?
How long have you (Alex, not the dog) been doing this?
I have been a successful home inspector since 2015. See next answer how to verify this information.
Are you certified?
Yes. Here in Arizona, home inspectors must be certified by the Board of Technical Registration. I am a Arizona certified home inspector and my registration number is 60786. You can verify on their website that I’m in good standing and have no disciplinary actions on my record.
In addition, I am a certified ASHI home inspector. ASHI is the American Society of Home Inspectors, the most respected professional association for home inspectors in North America. Membership is voluntary. Being a certified ASHI home inspector means that I live up to their standards, abide by their code of ethics, and continuously educate myself to be as knowledgeable as possible.
I heard some inspectors use thermography/infrared cameras. Do you do that?
Yes. I use a commercial grade infrared camera to find hidden leaks, identify areas with missing insulation, document functional or non-functional appliances, identify hot electrical circuits, or identify other thermal anomalies. More importantly though, I am a certified residential thermographer (CRT), meaning I have gone through the necessary training and exam to ensure I know how to properly apply thermography.
Do you have other certifications?
Yes. I am also a certified roof inspector per the standards of the National Roof Certification And Inspection Association (NRCIA).
Any other qualifications that make you better than the other guys?
Yes. I am German. I bring to the job my German sense of organization, curiosity, and attention to detail. If you read my reviews online, the most frequent words clients have used to describe me and my work are professional, thorough, friendly, and beyond expectations. Several past clients chose me specifically because I am German. They were very pleased with their choice as I lived up to their high expectations.
What did you do before becoming a home inspector?
Prior to this venture, I enjoyed a successful career in the computer hi-tech industry spanning almost two decades. I worked hands-on with computers and writing technical documentation, providing help and instructions to computer users around the world.
A local business, not a franchise
Desert Diamond Home Inspections is a privately owned local Tucson business. We are not a franchise.
We are a proud member of Local First Arizona to help keep money in our community and support local wherever we can.
Honest and ethical
We are proud to run an ethical business with honesty and integrity. Customer service comes first and we work hard to make our clients happy.
We do not give kickbacks to realtors for referrals (pay-to-play). In addition, we do not accept kickbacks from other professionals we recommend. Recommendations to and from us are solely based on reputation and quality of work.
We treat all our clients equally, regardless of their age, race, religion, gender or any other personal preferences. Really, we do not care which bathroom you use or for what reason. Just wash your hands, please.
We appreciate our brave members of the military, law enforcement, and first responders, who risk their lives for others every day in the line of duty. We also appreciate medical professionals working on the frontlines (e.g. ER or Urgent Care), and hard-working teachers. Show your credentials and receive a discount on your inspection fee.
We love pets. As long as they are friendly, we are happy to have your dogs around. The inspection might take a little longer though due to ear scratches and belly rubs. We also support the Pima Animal Care Center. No matter whether you are looking for a new companion of the canine or feline persuasion, or a place to volunteer your time, please consider visiting the Pima Animal Care Center first.
Our customers love us, the quality of our work, the attention to detail, and the amount of time we spend with them. Check out our many 5-star reviews on Facebook and on Google for some client testimonials. We are also accredited with the Better Business Bureau.