Tuesday, December 27, 2005

What really matters?

Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do? Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

1) Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
2) Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
3) Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home.
4) Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.

Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Don't kill your deal over things that don't matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or nit-picky items.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Why hire me to inspect your home?

Why Choose Me ?

BOARD CERTIFIED MASTER INSPECTOR - The Master Inspector Certification Board, Inc. supports the inspection industry's advanced education providers and encourages experienced inspectors to maintain excellence. Certified Master Inspectors® , are the very best of the best.

I'm NACHI Certified #03061206 - National Association of Certified Home Inspectors is the world's largest most elite home inspection association in the world. Annual Inspector testing and continued education is a prerequisite. Visit our massive website at www.NACHI.org

I'm Massachusetts Licensed #566 - VERIFY LICENSE - I have performed over 1,400 Home Inspections throughout the State of Massachusetts with over 1,400 very satisfied clients.

My Past Experience - Over 20 years of Project Management and Construction Supervision, which include numerous overseas assignments refurbishing U.S. government buildings. I've traveled throughout the world to various Countries supervising many foreign laborers in the rebuilding of interior office spaces within our United States Embassies. I have the vast knowledge and expertise my clients appreciate and trust.

My Hours of Operation - I'm available Seven days a week, Dawn till Dusk. If there's sufficient daylight for me to complete the exterior inspection, I'll gladly fit you into my schedule.
Always On Time - I'll always arrive at your prospective home 1/2 hour early. I'll complete your exterior inspection and be waiting for you when you arrive. I'll then walk you through the entire property.

I'm the Actual Tour Guide - You will literally walk through your prospective home right alongside me. You and I will be there to learn as much as possible about the condition of the property and to jointly engage in the discovery process. This will be the ultimate time for you to get answers to the questions that you may have, concerning the house. Once we finalize the Home Inspection, you will ultimately have a better understanding of the property you have chosen.

I utilize High Tech Equipment - I refuse to guess on any of my findings. I continue to utilize advanced high tech natural gas and carbon monoxide leak detectors, temperature sensors , digital meters and an array of lasers to confirm any of my findings throughout your new home.
Same Day Report - You will receive your highly detailed comprehensive inspection report immediately following your home inspection. My reports are very easy to read and categorized for easy understanding.

My Maintenance Recommendations - During your inspection, I will include energy saving maintenance recommendations that will help to keep your home lasting forever and your mechanicals in top notch condition.

Your Free Homeowner's Guide - You will receive a comprehensive 64 page manual (written by myself) that contains important facts, tips and safety concerns regarding your new home. I've integrated many useful maintenance tips to help you keep your home and mechanicals in great shape for many years to come. At the rear of this manual you'll find a Life Expectancy list of every component in your home.

My Customer Service - If you have questions before or after your inspection, my phone lines are open from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Telephone consultation with me will be available for as long as you own your home. I'll always give you the Personal Service you deserve.
E & O Insurance - I carry sufficient insurance required by the state of Massachusetts to cover serious Errors and Omissions and Liabilities and I'm fully Bonded.

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