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Scott Home Inspections
(ACI) Certified By The American Society of Home Inspections,
Infrared Investigations, BPI Energy Audits
Not just a home inspection. An education. How your house works, what to expect and plan for, energy concerns / how to make your house more energy efficient,
Simply put, my service can provide the most information you can get about a house without dismantling it.
Thorough home inspections with comprehensive reports backed by over 4 decades of experience.
Home Inspections, Stucco Inspections, Infrared Evaluations, BPI Energy Audits, Stucco / EIFS & Leak Investigations
Four Decades of Construction and Inspection Experience.
This is Herb Scott, (owner / inspector / Level II Thermographer) and welcome to the Scott Home Inspections Web Site.
The home buying process can be confusing and stressful. Its not the "don't worry, be happy" process its made out to be in the Sunday real-estate section of the news paper.
I am a buyers advocate home inspector I may be the only person in the entire process that is actually working for you.
Herb Scott of Scott home inspections is a“Buyers Advocate”, full service home / building Inspection Company. Including home or building inspections, wood destroying insect inspections, Septic system inspections, radon testing, water testing, and EIFS / Stucco inspections. I'm also a level II Thermographer and offer “Infrared Evaluations”
The 7 things you need to find out before you choose a home inspector.
After over 4 decades of experience, if my daughters needed home inspections, and I couldn’t do them, here is what I would tell them to look for in a home inspector.
Below, in order of importance, is what you need to find out about your inspector.
1. What is your inspector’s experience? The single most important aspect of any home / building inspection is the knowledge and experience of the home inspector that you chose and their ability to communicate that information to you. You are about to pay someone for information on something equivalent to the cost of a major medical operation. Would you want the doctor with experience or the one just out of med school. And, isn’t more experience better?
2. Does the inspector meet the state requirements? If your inspector doesn’t meet the state requirements, nothing else maters. The inspections may be a waste of time and money because you may not be able to use the information obtained to re-negotiate the sale price.
3. Is your Inspector Independent? Be sure your inspector is working for you!!! And not the agent. The very idea that agents are the primary source of home inspector referrals is a clear and obvious conflict of interest. Yet most home buyers never seem to give this a thought. They simply hire the agent's favorite inspector, without asking if this is the best one available. Do Not blindly assume that the agent is providing you with a list of thorough, qualified home inspectors. Do some home work!! Realtors have absolutely no incentive to offer, provide, suggest, or recommend a through, qualified, experience home inspector. In fact their incentive is just the opposite.
4. Talk to the inspector that will be doing your inspection. Not the secretary, not the order taker, not the answering service, not the spouse. And don’t order a home inspection on the internet. Take some time to interview them over the phone. Ask questions! How many inspections have they done, how many a day, how long is an inspection, what’s the process. Who do you feel comfortable with? They may be the most technically astute inspector in the world but if you can’t communicate with them move on.
5. Find out about the inspection report. When all is said and done, the home inspection report is what it’s all about. There are many different types of reports. Some are very minimal, some are confusing, and some provide information about systems that your house may not even have. Others particularly franchise or multi inspector company reports are so lawyed up that when they call something a defect by the time you are done reading about it, you’re glad you have it.
6. Inspectors availability for questions / guidance after the inspection. Once I do an inspection for you I am your lifetime house / building expert. Any question you have, just call me. I have saved my clients countless thousands of dollars.
7. Price. Notice that this is last on the list. Not that it isn’t important, especially if you are using every penny you have to purchase the “house of your dreams”. But the Home Inspection is one place you don’t want to take a short cut. Experience, Training, certifications, and continuing education don’t come cheap and therefore, my expertise isn’t going to be cheap either. If you were hiring a doctor to cure you of a serious disease would you hire the cheapest one or the one with the most experience and best credentials? When it comes to home inspections – as with most things – you get what you pay for. Saving a few dollars could turn the “house of your dreams” into a nightmare.
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