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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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
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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
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The Do's and Don’ts of Home Inspections

A home inspection is a visual inspection of a house's physical structure and systems. If faults are discovered during the inspection, as a buyer you can negotiate with the seller to lower the price or arrange for repairs before closing. If there is a major problem with the home and you are unable to negotiate a lower purchase price or otherwise reach an agreement with the seller, you may choose to terminate the sale. That is why this process is a crucial part of the home buying process.

Things You Should Expect During Inspection

  • A house inspector will examine the foundation, structural components, roof, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, among other things, before issuing a written home inspection report with findings.
  • A home inspection usually takes two to four hours. However, it can take longer depending on the size of the house. A few days after the physical inspection is completed, the home inspector will send the written report.
  • Buyers should attend the inspection so that they can thoroughly inspect their new home and ask questions. It will be much more insightful than just reading the report.

Important Points in Inspection

Choose Your Home Inspector Carefully and Don’t Go for the Cheapest Option

Home inspectors are required to be licensed in several states, but not all of them. Make sure the house inspector you pick is fully credentialed, regardless of where you live. You can ask to see a sample inspection. In addition, you can learn a lot about a house inspector by reading online reviews. Make sure to read both the negative and positive evaluations to get an unbiased opinion. You can also ask someone you know for a recommendation.

Accompany The Home Inspector During the Process

If you are the buyer, ask your inspector about coming along. Most likely they won’t have any problems with it. Coming to the inspection would be beneficial for you since you'll get the opportunity to look around your new house and ask any questions you may have. Observing the process helps you understand how serious or insignificant each issue is.

If you are the seller, try to make the process easy for the inspector and buyers. For example, tell them where to find keys, and make sure all the lights and appliances like furnaces and fireplaces are already working. Make sure you clear the path down the stairs to your furnace or water heater as well as your attic and basement.

Negotiate with your seller on the price

Remember that it is the right of the buyer to walk away if they’re not satisfied. After a home inspection, the buyer may be able to renegotiate their offer or request repairs if certain issues come up. In some cases, the buyer may walk away from the purchase if the home inspection reveals more issues than they’re willing to deal with. After the home inspection, the buyer and seller can either negotiate the contract or end the process completely.

Don’t Focus on Cosmetic Problems In The House

The structural components of your home will be the focus of a home inspection report, ensuring that it is safe to live in. Cosmetic repairs are ones that do not put your health in jeopardy or lower your quality of life. Peeling wallpaper or mismatched paint may irritate you, but it will not be highlighted in the house inspection report. So, if you will try to negotiate exclusively because of cosmetic repairs with the seller, it will not work out.

Need Help with Home Inspection?

If you're going to do every part of your home buying process in the appropriate manner, you should include a professional home inspection. Contact Atlanta Property Inspections to get a professional home inspector in Atlanta. We offer more than 25 years of experience in the industry, ASHI-certified inspectors, a buyer protection plan, and more! Our representatives are available to address any questions or issues you may have. Call right now to make an appointment.