Knoxville home inspector review

March 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Dan was ABSOLUTELY the right choice for our home inspector. I had a business emergency and had to leave before our scheduled appointment and when I explained this to him the night before I would have to leave he made sure to be there the very next morning so that I was able to be present for the inspection. I interviewed several potential inspectors and when it comes down to it, the owner of the business that you speak to on the phone is rarely the person who comes out and does the actual inspection. Most often you’ll get a young employee who may be experienced but will be more likely to cut corners when it comes to getting into some of the dirty/hard to reach places. I own my own business and I know that when I’m on site the quality of work is much higher than when I send an employee with less experience. That’s why I was happy to hear that I’d be meeting “The House Scout“, in person. Dan did a very thorough inspection lasting around 3 hours in which he crawled into many hard to reach places to examine for any potential … our home inspector. I had a business emergency and had to leave before our scheduled appointment and when I explained this to him the night before I would have to leave he made sure to be there the very next morning so that I was able to be present for the inspection. I interviewed several potential inspectors and when it comes down to it, the owner of the business that you speak to on the phone is rarely the person who comes out and does the actual inspection. Most often you’ll get a young employee who may be experienced but will be more likely to cut corners when it comes to getting into some of the dirty/hard to reach places. I own my own business and I know that when I’m on site the quality of work is much higher than when I send an employee with less experience. That’s why I was happy to hear that I’d be meeting “The House Scout“, in person. Dan did a very thorough inspection lasting around 3 hours in which he crawled into many hard to reach places to examine for any potential problems. He was extremely knowledgable and professional and emailed me my 24 page detailed inspection report that very night. The report was very well put together and included pictures. With his report, it was easy for us to counter the seller and have those problems fixed before we move in. I will definitely use Dan when I purchase a home again, and I know that if you choose “The House Scout” you’ll be in good hands.

- Miles H., Knoxville home inspection client

Knoxville Home Inspections 101: Buyer’s Expectations

March 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

So you’ve found a home that you love.  You’ve walked through it a few times with your Realtor, and decided to call a Knoxville home inspector to verify that the home is as perfect as you perceive it to be.  You anticipate asking the sellers to address any concerns noted by the inspector before closing, so your new house will be trouble-free after you move in.  Sounds reasonable, right?  And this is how many homebuyers see the home inspection phase of the homebuying process.  Unfortunately, it hardly ever turns out this way.  Let’s take a look at some of the obstacles to such a smooth transaction.

First, there are no perfect houses.  I’ve personally inspected hundreds of homes in the Knoxville area over the last several years, and have yet to find one!  Many homebuyers have the expectation that the next house they purchase will be perfect, which could never really happen.  When choosing a house or a spouse, a perfect choice may not be possible, but a poor choice will make you miserable.  So in both cases, the best you can hope for is to make a very good choice. 

Secondly, home inspections are not intended to point out all items in the home that are less than perfect.  Most Knoxville home inspectors will make note of an item when it is not functioning as intended, or should reasonably be expected to stop functioning in the near future, or presents a safety concern to occupants.  Many other items may be seen as less than perfect by the buyer, but will not be mentioned in the home inspection report. 

Next, very few sellers will agree to address every item brought to light during the home inspection, though it does happen.  Usually sellers are more likely to accept financial responsibility for major problems or safety issues because they know if the present deal falls through, they’ll likely have to face these issues again with the next potential buyer.  So buyers are much better served by keeping some perspective on what’s really important in the transaction, and compromising  when necessary.

And finally, homes require periodic upkeep and maintenance.  Mechanical systems fail, plumbing systems develop leaks, and roofs will eventually need replacement.  This is the reality of being a homeowner.  However, by contracting with a professional Knoxville home inspection service at the appropriate time in the process, buyers are exposed to much less risk of unexpected expenses after closing ….. and find themselves much more content with their decision.

Dan Endsley – The House Scout, 132 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902

Are All Knoxville Home Inspectors Certified?

March 1, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

No, and it’s important for prospective home buyers to ensure that their home inspector is.  Certification is a process professional organizations use to verify that inspectors have a certain level of knowledge and proficiency.  Not all Knoxville home inspectors are even members of a professional association, and many more have never been certified.

The two largest and most recognized national home inspector associations are The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI).  The House Scout is a member of both of these associations because, although they are very different organizations, they both have much to offer.  These groups both support the home inspection community with continuing education opportunities, local training sessions and networking with colleagues. 

About ASHI  (from ashi.org): 

In 1976, a group of visionary home inspectors with the common goal of building consumer awareness and enhancing the professionalism of their field established the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).  This not-for-profit professional association for home inspectors made its first order of business to establish and advocate high standards of practice and a strict code of ethics for the member community.  The Mission of ASHI is to meet the needs of its membership and promote excellence and exemplary practice within the profession.

Today, with 6,000+ members and 80+ chapters, ASHI is the largest and most respected professional association for home inspectors in North America. Through ASHI’s continued efforts, ASHI’s Standards of Practice—covering all of a home’s major systems—are now part of many pieces of state legislation and are recognized by consumers as the authoritative standard for professional home inspection.

About NACHI (InterNACHI):

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is the world’s most elite, non-profit inspection association. Our home buying clients enjoy the professionalism only InterNACHI Certified Inspectors can provide. Our inspectors have all successfully passed InterNACHI’s Inspector Examination, taken a Standards of Practice Quiz, completed a Code of Ethics Course, adhere to Standards of Practice, abide by a Code of Ethics, attend required continuing education courses, and are InterNACHI Certified.

InterNACHI: the very best home inspectors.

Get more information about these professional associations, and find a certified home inspector in your area at www.ashi.org or www.nachi.org.

Call Today (865) 591-1121 or Schedule Above!  The House Scout is a certified Knoxville home inspector!

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