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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

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

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

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

I would like to recommend Brandon for his excellent job during the inspection. He is very professional, thorough and is an expert in his field. I enjoyed his partnership during inspection, the knowledge he shared of the risks of certain issues was incredible. I am very glad that he inspected the house for us and wishing him more success in future.

Ravi Kumar
Atlanta, 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

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

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

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

06 2022

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.