I'm a repeat client of Ted's, and this is the second property he's inspected for my wife and I prior to purchase. Ted is a very thorough home inspector, and gives the homebuyer peace of mind when purchasing a home to flag any major issues that may be present, by walking us through everything in thorough detail and writing a detailed report. Ted has been our advocate through and through, and still maintains communication with us to discuss contractor quotes and pricing. Thanks Ted!
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Being an older home we had a few cyclical failures and other issues typical to aging. In spite of the house’s apparent functionality we did make a sizable list (but not overwhelming in number or cost) of items requiring repair & replacement. I am very pleased that you are using the inspection to manage the care and upgrade of your home. People who hire me often do so for the very reasons you stated. My clients come from repeat and referrals by past clients. They know exactly what to expect and when we get down to it most all of my clients are keen listeners and even participants. I try to involve my clients in various aspects of the inspection so they have firsthand knowledge or you might say physical and mental muscle memory (I draw the line at following me onto the roof or through a dirty crawlspace). All too often homebuyers only want to get through the purchase process leaving all their money on the negotiation table. I'm happy to say; for many if not most of my clients, they are able to negotiate a sizable reduction against the deficiencies discovered. So even though my clients pay approximately twice as much as other home inspectors charge I would say for 90% of my clients I pay my own way when homeowners do not disclose known deficiencies and even if they were unaware of significant deficiencies. When the discoveries are brought to light they are logically and rightfully negotiable. When someone is selling their house and has not mentioned possible roof problems. When the inspector discovers this failing roof with evidence of roof patching. Well that is an automatic point for negotiating. When a home seller knows of a problem or even covers it over with paint, tar patches or other cosmetics like furniture, storage and clutter so the inspector actually has to go above and beyond normal investigation procedure to discover, that can be interpreted as an act of fraud. Nobody thinks in those terms because they are only trying to show the house in the best light. Often there are only minute telltale signs to this deception, often an observation and interpretation are the product of many years of experience in construction and renovation but also the past 20 yrs of doing home inspections.
Thanks Myles!!! Testimonials are what make my world go around.
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