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WOW! I can't even make this story up. In this very crazy market (June 2021) it seemingly takes 2 week closing (sometimes with *0* days due diligence!) to purchase a home. Anyway, Frank came recommended by another very reputable inspector, and I was fortunate he came!! The home we were looking at for my mother was a 1975 build and within 1 hour of the inspector being there a FIRE from an electrical panel broke out! Frank contained the fire, and was SO calm, had his team address the matter, was in touch with the agent and homeowner. He said in over 20+ years of him inspecting homes nothing like this had ever happened. Anyway the inspection was VERY thorough and Frank handled all matters very professionally. We will be working with Frank and his team on any home inspections in the future. I highly recommend!

Brigitte Chloe
Dunwoody, GA

This was our first experience with Atlanta Property Inspections, Frank Cooper was the lead inspector and he was inspecting a new construction one bedroom plus den in Alpharetta for a buyer client of ours. The inspection report was both detailed and comprehensive. We have tried out a few premium home inspection companies over the past year, looking for a good additional inspection resource, and based on our experience with Frank Cooper, I think we have found it.

Julian Rather
Woodstock, GA

Dustin was very knowledgeable and friendly and made my client feel confident in his explanations.  He was quick to point out the positives of the home he was inspecting.  His report was delivered within 18 hours of the inspection and had plenty of photos and very easy explanations in laymen's terms. I highly recommend Atlanta Property Inspections.

Teresa Smith
Brookhaven, GA

Frank Cooper and his team from Atlanta Property Inspections, Inc were excellent! They arrived on time  and thoroughly inspected all areas of the property I was considering renting. They found things that needed to be repaired by the landlord before we signed the lease. Frank reviewed his findings with us. He explained all of his concerns, and he patiently answered all of our questions. Then the next day I received a very detailed report that included several pictures and detailed explanations. If you want a kind, knowledgeable, and thorough inspector, don’t hesitate to call Frank Cooper with Atlanta Property. I would highly recommend him! Truly a 5 star company!

Janet Quick
Roswell, GA

Dustin was absolutely amazing. He did such a thorough job and was super friendly and helpful in explaining everything to me as a first-time homeowner. Highly recommend this company! Very timely and professional throughout the entire process as well!

Laura Leap
Buckhead, GA

The inspector was really thorough and was patient in explaining to me what he was observing. He showed me where the shutoff valve was for the water and gave recommendations on various things. The report that was provided made sense and pictures were taken of some things that were found. The inspector was also very personable which put me at ease about asking questions. Thank you, Alex and Atlanta Property Inspections!

Dierra Morrow
Lawrenceville, GA

I called several companies for quotes, and I felt that Atlanta Property Inspections was the most welcoming!  Thereafter, I had a wonderful experience at the inspection. My inspector was thorough, kind, and willing to explain things and answer my questions on site.  He was very knowledgeable and very friendly.  I am glad I did not skip the inspection for this 950 square foot condo, and the review has been very helpful, during my due diligence period in evaluating this potential home.

Norma Reynolds
Milton, GA

My client used the company for their home inspection during their due diligence period. Jeremy and his partner were very kind and accommodating with answering questions. The report was very thorough and I like that they also note positive things about the homes in their report as well and not just what's wrong with the house. You can read the good and the bad.

Crystal Bream
Suwanee, GA

Have used Atlanta Property Inspections several times for my buyers.  Their team is always very thorough and educational for the new home owners.  Much information is shared about past/current codes, potential issues and how to have the issues repaired.  I will continue to use Atlanta Property Inspectors for future inspections, and my clients have been very happy with their services as well!

Michael Crawford
Sandy Springs, GA

The inspector Frank came to our house to inspect the deck and provide a list of safety problems. While he was there we asked him to take a look at some termite damage in the attic.  When he went to the attic he spotted problems with a squirrel infestation requiring immediate action to correct for chewed wiring and unsanitary conditions.  We were unaware of this problem.  Frank provided a comprehensive inspection report in PDF format including multiple photos showing deck post deterioration, sagging joists and yes even a picture of the live squirrel in the attic. Frank is totally professional, knows his area of expertise very well and offers sound recommendations on how to correct problems without spending money for unnecessary improvements.  For example he told us the ledger board was in good shape and did not have to be replaced, only secured to the house wall with additional bolts. The small amount we paid for the inspection was well spent because the inspection will end up saving us money in the long run.

Jim Dowdy
Smyrna, GA

16 2022

5 Things That Fail a Home Inspection 

Negative home inspections can cause massive headaches and heartaches. Having to renegotiate with the seller, dealing with buyer's remorse, and even wondering whether the house you've bought is safe enough for your kids are all too familiar feelings. But what if they didn't need to be? What if you could work out precisely what needs doing before the purchase goes through?

A home inspection test by Atlanta Property Inspection is a way to get an idea of the condition of a house before purchasing it. This is especially important for investors using the house to earn rental income. A home inspection test can reveal any significant problems with the house that may drain your time and money. There are five main sections that home inspections consist of Roof, Siding, Plumbing, Electrical, and Structural. 

What Is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is essential for homebuyers, but where do you start? The most important thing is to find a quality home inspector such as Atlanta Property Inspection. A good inspector will inspect hundreds of items during the inspection, from the foundation to the roof, inside and out, using various tools and techniques.

The roof condition is one of many areas examined in a home inspection. It's important to note that in some regions with harsh climates, such as New England, inspectors are not required to walk on roofs due to safety concerns. In these cases, they will only inspect what they can see from the ground.

An inspector from Atlanta Property Inspection usually spends two to three hours at the property. During this time, they look for any deficiencies that could lead to a failure in the house's critical system or structural components. 

1.    Roof

One of the biggest concerns that a home inspector will have is the roof. They'll be looking for signs of leaks, water stains on the ceiling, or if there is any damage to the shingles. If there are any issues, it could lead to a failed inspection, and roof repairs may be required. 

Common roof issues include:

  • Missing or curled shingles
  • Rotted wood around flashing and chimneys 
  • Sagging decking
  • Damaged flashing
  • Discoloration of roof (moss or algae)

2.    Siding

The siding is the first line of defense against the elements, and a faulty siding installation can mean real trouble down the road. That's one of the reasons why a home inspector will pay special attention to your home's exterior.

Here are some common siding concerns that fail a home inspection:

  • Damage
  • Separation
  • Water Collection
  • Misalignment

3.    Plumbing

The plumbing, next to the roof and foundation, is one of the essential parts of the home. A home inspector will check to see any leaks or blockages in the pipes. If there is a leak or blockage, it will likely require a plumber to fix it, which can be expensive. A clogged drain or pipe can also lead to more problems in the future. If a plumbing issue is found during an inspection, you may not want to buy that house.

Some plumbing concerns that fail a home inspection:

  • Defective toilets
  • Leaky faucets
  • Clogged drains
  • Dry rot in the bathrooms
  • Dirty or corroded water main valve
  • Shut-off valves are not present at sinks, toilets, tubs, and washing machines
  • Water supply lines made of metal tubing that is corroded and leaking
  • Corroded or leaking faucets and fixtures
  • The dishwasher water line is not connected correctly to the air gap

4.    Electrical

The point of a home inspection is to check for any significant flaws that could cost the buyer a lot of money down the road. That's why it's essential to be aware of some common electrical concerns that fail a home inspection.

Here are five things that can fail a home inspection:

  • There is no Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) in the kitchen, bathroom, or garage.
  • No Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI).
  • Poor grounding or bonding.
  • Old knob and tube wiring.
  • Aluminum wiring

5.    Structural

In addition to hiring a professional home inspector, the layperson can detect a few structural problems. 

Here are some of the most common structural concerns that fail a home inspection:

  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Water damage
  • A bad roof
  • Termite damage
  • Mold

Atlanta Property Inspection

After spending months searching for a home and making an offer, the one thing standing between you and your dream house is a professional home inspection.

But, if you're like most people, you're having second thoughts about your decision to move forward. There are so many other factors that can go wrong with a new home, like siding, roof, plumbing, electrical and structural issues.

Atlanta Property Inspection can run through all of the common issues in the Atlanta area, so you have peace of mind before moving into your new home.