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Her business is checking out houses

July 09, 2006

FREDERICK, Md. - Climbing up ladders to inspect roofing, vents, flashing and trim, or checking out a hot water heater in a dusty basement, is probably not every woman's idea of a good time. But Kimberly Gore, owner and operator of A Closer Look Inc. Home Inspection Service, said her job is a lot of fun.

"It's very rewarding. In addition to doing the inspections, I like to educate people about their homes and how to take care of them," Gore said in a prepared release.

The owner of the 14-month old company, which has headquarters in Emmitsburg, Md., and serves Frederick, Carroll and Washington counties, encourages clients to accompany her on home inspections.

Then, as she takes approximately three hours to inspect an average-sized house, she educates the potential homeowners on the home's maintenance and safety measures, she said.

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"Getting an unbiased, expert assessment of a potential new home is important in protecting the largest investment that most consumers make," Gore said.

The former owner of a home remodeling business, with 17 years in operations and sales in the computer industry, Gore spent nearly a year taking educational courses and preparing to open A Closer Look.

She passed the National Home Inspector Exam and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Exam, including their Code of Ethics Obstacle Course and Standards of Practice test.

She is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

Gore also has completed the Radon Measurement Operations Course, the National Environmental Health Association National Radon Proficiency Program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Inspection training.

Gore said she is certified to perform a home energy tuneup, designed to show homeowners how they can make improvements that will save them more on energy bills than the cost of the improvements.

Inspections can be scheduled on her Web site at www.inspectacloserlook.com.

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