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Testimonial – Karen Young

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Mike Connolly is one of the finest whole house inspectors I have had the pleasure of using for buyers and sellers in my 20 years as a real estate agent.

He does a complete and thorough inspection and I have recommended hi to well over 100 buyers and in some cases the sellers thought he was so good – they used him for their own purchase!  I also used mIke when I purchased my personal home.  He is honest and dependable and he would be a an asset to any home buyer.

-Karen Young
Sales Executive, Huff Realty

Testimonial – Joe Mock

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I have utilized Smart Move Inspections, Inc.  for over seven years and have never been disappointed. I say this from both my perspective as a full time Realtor and from the point of view of my clients, the homebuyers themselves. In the multitude of time I have procured the services of Mike at Smart Move Inspections for my clients they have all been satisfied and rated Mike and his performance what I would term “Top Block Satisfaction”. Believe me, I would not continue to recommend Mike and Smart Move Inspections if this were not the case…. I have endless options available to me for my buyers.

Testimonial – Ann Keller

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I have known Michael Connolly and Smart Move Inspections, Inc.  since 1996 and he has done an exceptional job for my buyers and sellers on 75 transactions. If there is a problem at the inspection, he can show the buyers the pictures taken of the issues and is able to accurately describe the issue and possible solutions. The photographs are extremely useful when working for my buyers and the seller say “there is nothing wrong with our house”. Pictures don’t lie !

Testimonial – Pat Chrysler

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I have personally been a real estate agent for 18 years and Mike is by far the most thorough inspector that my clients have ever used.

Mike is experienced, trained and very professional in his demeanor and communication with all parties. Mike’s inspection reports have color photos and an easy to understand narrative style. This helps in the negotiation process, proving to the seller that the issue is in fact a real issue that needs to be repaired. The professional report and detailed photos also helps insure that the buyer knows that the home was thoroughly inspected, provides credibility to all parties involved and helps ensure that no major issues develop with the home after closing causing unexpected financial hardship to the new home owner.

Observations of a Home Inspector, Part 2

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

LIVEVALUATION , May 2010 Issue.  Submitted by Michael Connolly, CI  Smart Move Inspections, Inc.

Last month’s installment touched on how a home inspector might address sections of the Uniform Residential Appraisal Report (URAR).  Having already addressed the Subject Property, we will continue on into the Contract and Neighborhood sections of the form in this installment.

Observations of a Home Inspector, Part 1

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

LIVEVALUATION , May 2010 Issue.  Submitted by Michael Connolly, CI  Smart Move Inspections, Inc.

In a prior life, I spent ten years working for a prominent Midwest appraisal firm.  Between this experience and running my own home inspection business for the last 16 years, I have found that inspectors and appraisers share some common issues. I have acquired a special appreciation for the similarities and differences between them.  Mostly, our professions are related through the real estate process (perhaps cousins, twice removed)—we both visit the house and ascertain the general condition of the property.

House Inspector Adds Twist to the Task: Photos and Videos

Sunday, December 22nd, 2002

Enterprise insight
By Jenny Callison, Enquirer contributor

HAMILTON – Mike Connolly has embraced technology to give his home inspection business a distinctive edge.

“I’ve taken a business that I believe is nontechnical in nature, in terms of how an inspector works, and used technology to deliver an audio-visual product that has benefits to the client and to me as the business owner,” said the owner of Smart Move Inspections.

Mr. Connolly started his home inspections career working for a company that used a checklist format to identify concerns. Many companies have since shifted to a more complete narrative description, but Smart Move has gone further.