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Reviews

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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
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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
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Atlanta Property Inspections, Inc. was referred to us by our realtor for our home inspection. Our inspector was Cary Cooper. He really took the time to answer all of our questions about his findings. We didn't feel rushed or that any question was too silly. He gave us peace of mind with a few of our concerns and was honest, even if we weren't to thrilled with the news. Overall, it was a great experience and we would definitely use (and refer)  Atlanta Property Inspections, Inc. in the future for any inspection needs.

Anna Avitia
Johns Creek, GA
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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
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Thorough knowledge of items addressed in report. Home inspector was able to communicate any issues found with buyer and help explain the different items and their severity.

Sean Heenan
Roswell, GA
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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
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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
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Atlanta Property Inspections came to do a pre-purchasing inspection on a home my husband and  I plan to buy! We had a very short due diligence period, but that was no issue for these guys. They fit us in their schedule on very short notice and were such a pleasure to work with. Cary and Riley came to do the inspection and did a fantastic job walking us through the inspection to let us know what they found, and suggestions on how to fix all of the issues! Shout out to Cary, for answering all of our questions and having such a great personality! We truly appreciate you guys taking the time to help us through such a very stressful time. We HIGHLY recommend this company!

Emily Kerns
Atlanta, GA
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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
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This was my first experience with Atlanta Property Inspections. Alex Sozonov was my inspector. Very oriented details and willing to explained all questions with professional knowledge. Report came into my email box late night. Clearly, it has been covered all details. Plus, show up on time.

Peter Miller
Alpharetta, GA
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16 2022

Newer Homes Have Many Benefits (PART 1 OF 3)

Home buyers consider many choices when looking for a new home, such as location, schools, taxes, shopping, and other amenities. Some choose to live in-town, while others prefer the suburbs. Whatever your choice for your new home location, there are several advantages for considering purchasing a newer home when compared to an older resale home.

Newer homes can offer home buyers several benefits over older homes, most notably energy efficiency improvements and safety upgrades.  Energy efficiency has been a common goal in newer construction, and there have been significant improvements in construction standards and equipment requirements to lower energy costs. In addition, there have been a number of safety changes that affect several areas of safety, including fire safety, child safety, and electrical safety.

Over the next three posts we’ll consider Energy Efficiency, Safety Improvements, and some Other Considerations when looking at newer homes.

Energy Efficiency:

1. Air Conditioning: One of the most significant changes in recent construction has been the requirement that air conditioners meet a higher energy efficiency standard. We have moved from 10 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) prior to 2006 to 14 SEER requirements after 2015, which is about a 35% – 40% increase in efficiency. In other words, it should cost 30% – 40% less to cool your home with a 14 SEER unit than compared to an older 10 SEER system. There are more choices for energy efficient HVAC systems, including higher SEER ratings and high efficiency heating systems that can save up to 15% or more on gas use. In addition, there are several incentives to go with even higher efficiency cooling and heating units that include a federal tax credit as well as rebates from the HVAC manufacturers and local utility companies.

2. Insulation: Insulation standards have been around for awhile, but installation and materials have been upgraded. Insulation materials such as cellulose (recycled newsprint) and spray foam materials have grown in popularity. Recent Georgia Energy Codes now require better insulation, particularly in the northern areas of Atlanta and in north Georgia.

3. Air Leakage: More recent Energy Code requirements also include newer standards that are more strict about air infiltration sealants.  These sealants are now installed at the framing stage of construction to fully seal smaller openings in the exterior walls between studs and floors, and at wall penetrations. This simple change helps to eliminate energy loss at multiple locations around the home that used to account for up to 30% energy loss in older homes.

4. Blower Door Tests: Georgia now requires that the builder pass a blower door test which measures the amount of air leakage in the exterior walls and confirms whether the exterior walls were properly sealed during the framing stage of construction. Because air leakage can account for up to a 20% to 30% increase in cooling and heating costs, this newer requirement is important in measuring a home’s efficiency.

5. Better Windows: Newer standards on window performance have made a big difference in maintaining an energy efficient home. In 2003, building codes began requiring the use of Low-E glass which was a big improvement in reducing heat gain through the window glass which helps to reduce air conditioning loads.

6. Spray Foam Insulation: Many new home builders are changing to spray foam insulation instead of traditional insulation materials such as fiberglass or cellulose. Spray foam insulation makes it easier to fill wall and ceiling cavities, creating a tighter barrier to air leakage and ultimately, better energy efficiency for the home or building.

7. Tankless Water Heaters: Because water heating accounts for about 20% of your home’s energy bill, tankless water heaters can be a good way to save energy and make your home more energy efficient. Natural gas is expected to surpass electric costs in the future making this type of water heating more desirable.

8. Radiant Roof Decking: A growing trend in new construction is to use a foil based, radiant barrier roof decking, such as LP TechShield, instead of regular oriented strand board (OSB) or plywood. Radiant barrier roofs contain a foil covering on the interior side of the roof that can reduce the attic heat by over 30-40 degrees; this type of roof construction can make the attic significantly cooler and the entire home more energy efficient. This is particularly beneficial when the attic contains HVAC equipment and ducting or storage areas that adjoin the attic.

In the next post we’ll look at Safety Improvements that may make newer homes more desirable.

Review all the posts in this series:

  • Energy Efficiency of Newer Homes
  • Safety Improvements of Newer Homes
  • Other Considerations of Newer Homes

Are you searching a local home inspection company? Call Atlanta Property Inspections now.