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What does it take to be a roofing and siding inspector?

Categories: Blog | Posted: August 6, 2020

I was able to sit down with our Quality Assurance Manager, Jeff, and learn a bit about his background and what all it takes to correctly inspect a new homes siding and roofing.

A bit about Jeff- he had his own siding company for 4 years, and in two months, he will have worked at Hillcrest Builders for 17 years! When Jeff is not at Hillcrest, he is either working hard to further his education to become a home inspector or helping his family and friends with siding and roofing.

When Jeff is doing a roof inspection, he is checking that the shingles are the correct color, the siding is done correctly, and that there are no nails showing in the roof. It takes a lot of time and money to re-shingle a roof so by making sure all the little details are perfect. Inspecting the siding is also a large component of Jeff’s day to day routine, which happens to be his favorite.

Breaking down the routine of inspection, Jeff mentioned that it’s really hard to “teach” someone how to inspect a home; it comes from constantly being around construction and knowing where the errors happen most and what’s most likely going to be finished quickly instead of precisely. Jeff also explained that if an inspector continues to be consistent with their builders, and their work ethic to finish the house correctly, it lessens the chance of anything being redone.

As it was perfectly summarized by Jeff, an inspection is never a pass / fail test. He checks every detail to make sure your future home is perfect for decades to come!

Because Homes Are Essential

Categories: Blog | Posted: April 28, 2020

We have learned a lot in the past month, and want to take the time to share with you how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Hillcrest.  The primary thing we have learned is that home is essential.  As a space we eat, sleep, work, play and as of now, spend almost all the hours of our days in, it is clear that having a home you love is critical to our emotional and physical well being.

Hillcrest has remained operational over the past month, falling under Wisconsin’s essential business category, and we see this as both a privilege and a responsibility.  We are proud to keep our employees working (many from home) and we are proud to keep part of the economy moving.  Simultaneously, we recognize that safety is of the utmost importance, and have taken precautionary measures as well.

A few steps we have taken are using gloves and hand sanitizer everywhere any contact has the potential to be made.  We are still having meetings with certain customers (after following up with as much as possible virtually), and when we do, we sanitize the rooms before and after the meetings.  At said meetings, we stay 6 feet apart and respect one another’s’ personal boundaries.  We ask all of our vendors and contractors to comply with safety precautions as well, recognizing that there are inherent challenges within space on construction sites.

At Hillcrest, we want to get you into a home that makes a quarantine feel like a vacation, not a prison.  If you live in a Hillcrest home, we are so glad, and if you are ready to make a move towards one, give us a call or send an email.