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Dustin is VERY Detailed Oriented and found items and suggestions on the home that I would have never thought of, the report provided very good insight on how to move forward with the sale of the home!  The staff at API was great to work with!

Ryan Heard
Sandy Springs, GA

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

Atlanta property inspections gave me a very competitor quote and stuck to it for final pricing. They were able to get someone out to do the inspection so quickly. Frank and James were very thorough and helpful during the process they encouraged me to look at what they found, the good and bad, so I knew exactly what I am buying.  I couldn't have asked for a better inspection experience!

Erin Medford
Alpharetta, 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

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

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

I have hired this company doing inspection on the property that I was planning to purchase in Georgia. I’ve live in California when this was done. Frank Cooper and his team did a great job of inspection and giving me with every details. I really appreciate the advice and the report. Thank you

Joel Ou
Cumming, GA

Jeremy was the best to work with! He was on time,  very thorough in his explanations of his findings, and took time with my clients to make sure he answered all of their questions. He was detailed, and provided follow up when we needed additional questions answered. He went above and beyond! Best, quality, customer service I’ve seen in a long time! I’ll recommend him and Atlanta Property Inspections every time!

Nikki Bowen
Marietta, 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

We are relocating from out of state and we were in need of an inspection with a very tight turn around. We received incredibly thorough reporting and an availability to answer questions quickly. Cary Cooper’s professional and expert insight saved us from a potential health hazard. I would very much recommend Atlanta Property Inspection for any of your inspection needs!

Seema Terry
Roswell, GA

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.