The Dunsing Inspections Story

by Jamie Dunsing, owner

I am often asked how I got started in the home inspection business. After 30 years, I thought that I’d better write it down before I forget!

1980– We consider 1980 to be the first year of the Dunsing family in the home inspection business. Jamie Dunsing was graduating from high school and off to college. Simultaneously, we had a short economic recession which was followed by a longer recession until 1982 . Since Jim Dunsing was self employed as a home builder and remodeler and was the sole source of income, he had to do something- and fast. Without knowing that he was starting a multi-generational company, he became a home inspector. Nobody knew what that was, but he and Jean Dunsing persevered. Fast facts: Gasoline costs were rising fast and were at $1.35 per gallon! Interest rates on 30 year fixed rate mortgages were 13.7%. There are less than 300 home inspectors in Illinois.

1989– Dunsing Consultants (as it was named then) had 4 inspectors. Jamie Dunsing enters the home inspection business and becomes one of very few 2nd generation home inspectors in the nation.  Fast facts: Gasoline costs $1.06 per gallon. Interest rates on 30 year fixed rate mortgages were 10.3%.  There are about 500-700 home inspectors in Illinois

1993– Jamie and Juli Dunsing begin the purchase of Dunsing Consultants. We had 6 inspectors and were performing over 2,000 inspections per year! Jean Dunsing retires. Fast facts: Gasoline costs $1.17 per gallon. Interest rates on 30 year fixed rate mortgages were 7.9%

1995– Jim Dunsing retires from the home inspection business.

2003– Home Inspectors become licensed in Illinois. Initially, there are about 500 inspectors, but the numbers grew quickly. Fast fact: Gasoline costs $1.63 per gallon. Interest rates on 30 year fixed rate mortgages were 5.8%

Also in 2003– Dunsing Consultants merges with LandAmerica Financial Group (LFG). Jamie Dunsing becomes area manager in IL, IN, OH. (2009 update- LFG is no longer in business.)

2007– Jamie Dunsing starts back on his own as a sole practitioner. Name changed to Dunsing Inspections. Fast facts: There are about 3,500 home inspectors in Illinois by the end of 2007. Gasoline costs $2.84 per gallon. Interest rates on 30 year fixed rate mortgages were 6.3%

2014– Dunsing Inspections decides to expand. Our first hire as version 2.0 is Ben Schatz. Fast fact: Gasoline costs $3.42 per gallon. Interest rates on 30 year fixed rate mortgages were 4.2%

2018– Dunsing is expanding. We purchase and move into our office in Lake Bluff, IL. By the end of 2018, we have 5 employees.  Fast fact: Gasoline costs $2.52 per gallon. Interest rates on 30 year fixed rate mortgages were 4.5%

2019– So far this year, we’ve added 2 new inspectors, a social media director/office manager and a radon technician for a total of 9 employees. Fast facts: Gasoline costs $2.49 per gallon. Interest rates on 30 year fixed rate mortgages are averaging 4.1%

2024– plans for 15 inspectors and requisite number of radon, office, and support staff. Future fact: Gas won’t be an issue. We’re planning to go electric!

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