My name is Kate and I'm the President of Tried-and-True Home Inspections. I first picked up a power tool when I was in high school. Using tools has always felt natural to me and I learned how to use them correctly and safely; I built sets for plays and my own furniture. In 2003 I received my undergraduate degree in communications from the University of New Orleans. In 2006 I graduated from Drexel University with a master's degree in technical communication.
After years of working in an office, I decided to get out from behind a desk and start a handy-girl business; I helped people fix and maintain their homes. Home repair, improvement, and maintenance was something I had always done for myself and my friends. Creating a business around it made sense. The real satisfaction came with educating my clients about how to do the maintenance themselves. Becoming a home inspector was the natural next step for me. I attended the Inspector Education Institute in Robbinsville, NJ and received an excellent education that set the foundation for the work required to obtain a home inspector license.
If there’s one thing I want my clients to walk away with it’s knowledge. My home inspection report is more than a bargaining tool in a real estate transaction. It’s a lesson book full of useful information. I am a teacher providing my clients with the very best education. With my wide variety of experience, vast skill set, and solid education, I help my clients confidently make the biggest purchase of their life and maintain it for years to come.
Why Choose Us?
Certified Radon Measurement Technician
Certified Residential Thermographer
Delivers premium digital report with pictures and videos typically within 24 hours of the end of the inspection
Every client receives home maintenance booklet and a system life expectancy chart
NJ NACHI Board Member
Services and Fees
We will check all accessible areas of the residential home including the structural components, exterior components, roofing system, plumbing system, electrical system, heating system, cooling system, interior components, insulation components and ventilation system, and fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances. In your detailed report, we will describe all of the above systems and components, state what material defects are found and the significance of those findings, and provide recommendations regarding the need to repair, replace, monitor, or obtain evaluation by a qualified professional. Learn about New Jersey's Standards of Practice for home inspectors.
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that has no color, smell, or taste. It is present in nearly all soils and is found in the air we breathe every day. Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium. Uranium will decay to radium and eventually radon. The problem occurs when radon gas enters your home and gets trapped. Breathing air with radon will increase your risk of lung cancer. Any home can have elevated radon levels regardless of age, condition or design. Radon levels in your home can vary significantly from your neighbor’s home. Testing is the only way to know if your home has unsafe radon levels. For more information about Radon, download the Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon.
While we don't do Wood Destroying Insect Inspections in house, we work with reputable pest control services companies in New Jersey. We will handle all of the scheduling to ensure same day inspections.
Fees for Services
Not all inspections are created equal. Choosing a home inspector based only on price is risky. Saving now can cost you down the road.
Condo Interior Only (1-2 bed)
Townhome Interior Only (2-3 bed)
Single Family < 1,500 sq. ft
Single Family 1,501 - 2,500 sq. ft.
Single Family 2,501 - 3,500 sq. ft.
Single Family 3,501 - 4,500 sq. ft.
Single Family > 4,501 sq. ft.
Multi-Family, Per Additional Unit
Detached Garage or Outbuilding
Radon with Home Inspection
Fees subject to change at discretion of inspector based on each individual property location and characteristics such as age and foundation type..
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Simply put.....Kate is the best. She performed an unbelievable thorough inspection of a property I was gonna buy in cape may. I was at inspection and she discussed and showed me everything in the process. When I received her 86 page web based report, my jaw dropped. It was amazing with detailed findings, numerous pictures and embedded video. If you need a property inspection, you would be crazy if you do not select Kate/her company.
- Cindy M.
Kate was amazing. She was very easy to talk to before the inspection. She allowed us to ask questions and listened to our concerns. On the day of the inspection, she was incredibly thorough. We felt very confident in her expertise and she helped us navigate the inspection process efficiently. After the inspection, she developed a meticulous report for us and the sellers. We were very pleased and will use her again if we can.
- Frank C.
Kate was professional and so thorough! We had worked with an inspector on a previous property who refused to even examine a crawl space and this time around we are so glad we found Kate. She popped on a head lamp and got into that crawl space to make sure we knew exactly what we were working with. She was awesome to talk to and didn’t mind explaining everything she was doing and what she was finding. As first time home buyers we felt so at ease once she helped us learn more about the property. I would recommend Kate to anyone and everyone, but especially first time buyers!
- Alexandra R.
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