Often times the inspection companies are owned by a very qualified, experienced inspector, but that person is NOT who actually does the inspection. They may even use multiple inspectors in a single house so to divide the responsibilities. Trade Secrets Inspections are all performed by Rick Kooyman personally. Rick is a three decade plus residential contractor with thousands of new builds and remodels, of every size and budget. Rick has been not only inspecting but studying homes, their systems, and how they age for many years and thousands of properties. We are affiliated with the Floriday Association of Building Inspectors (FABI), and International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. Having been trained through both, staying on top of industry standars and continuing education remains a priority.
Rick Kooyman is also an accomplished commercial pilot and retired flight instructor with several ratings. Rick is an honors graduate of Kent State University of Ohio and also former instructor at KSU and Texas A&M.
Rick has combined his love for teaching and sharing with his vast knowledge and experience in construction to the Real Estate market to provide the best inspection and advice in town.
Trade Secrets Inspections utilizes HomeGuage Software to create our comprehensive home inspection reports. Once your report is completed (24-48 hours after inspection completion) your report is available to view online 24/7 using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. These cutting-edge reports are an easy way to view the multimedia presentation of notes, images, and videos from your inspection. Your report includes:
Create Request List Feature (CRL): CRL is an interactive tool unique to HomeGuage reports that lets you show how you'd like to address any issues found on the property, and/or create a list for future projects. For all parties involved this simplifies and eases negotiations before closing.
Trade Secrets Inspections goes above and beyond to give you the best level of service in SW FL. Our customer service, ongoing support, and attention to detail are what set us apart from the rest.