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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.