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The initial inspection went fine (so we thought). Based on the inspector's analysis of the reason for some water damage evidence in the crawlspace (water coming in from outside due to poor sealing), we negotiated for the crawlspace to be sealed better as part of our offer. However, after the contracted work was completed by the contractor we had chosen,
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came back out for a re-inspection. We had the same inspector for both inspections. During the re-inspection, the work on the house wasn't 100% complete yet, but the inspector was leaving for vacation later that day, so he just talked to the supervisor on site and poked around a bit, but didn't do a thorough re-inspection of the work. Granted, we should have insisted on this and/or requested they send a different inspector, but we trusted him. To his credit, he was honest and open about his reservations but said overall everything was fine under the house except for getting it sealed off better for prevention purposes.
After we closed on the house, we had a few projects that we had a couple different contractors come out for. The contractors (which included plumbers) consistently said that there were several heavy leaks in the plumbing under the house that were leaking into the crawlspace. One of these leaks was very serious and causing a significant amount of water to be in the crawlspace. We also were informed that the leaks were not new and were not something that should have been missed in a home inspection. We were shown all the leaking areas and they were very obvious and right in the direct route through the crawlspace. So, it seems unlikely he would have missed them had he been paying attention. While having an "off day", is a bit understandable, what happened next made us re-think our decision to use this company.
We called the company and expressed our concerns and asked for our money back. They said they would need to send out the inspector again to verify. However, they insisted on sending out the same one that did the first two inspections, so of course he was going to try to save his own butt. We went with him under the house and showed him where the leaks were and he claimed that these were "new leaks" and that therefore he wouldn't have seen them in the home inspection. He tried to blame it on the contractor for "bumping something" and making it leak. He said "if these were old leaks, wouldn't there be more water in the crawlspace? Where did that water go?" My husband actually pushed his hand into the mud in the crawlspace. His hand sank down about 6 inches. Obviously, if there is mud 6 inches deep under the house, there must have been a leak for some time. This was the summer so the ground would have even dried out somewhat. The inspector looked at him doing this and said "Well, I can fix the pipe for you then". However, whatever he told his manager must have been a different story because we haven't heard anything about him admitting his mistake since then.
We certainly didn't ask him to fix the leaks, and we never heard from anyone at the company again, nor did we ever get a penny of that money back. Use this inspection company with caution.
- Stephen W.

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This company has proved itself to be extremely prompt and cooperative in scheduling, as well as in arriving for the inspection and producing a written report. I have had two houses inspected by them in the past two months. The inspector (Nick) is very pleasant and, more importantly, very thorough and focused. From my perspective as an experienced homeowner of over 35 years, his knowledge is comprehensive and entirely suited for assessment of a building for construction defects and soundness of its systems. He ensured that I understood all of his findings and was very willing to go into more depth on an area of particular concern.
I have already provided evaluative comments directly to this company regarding presentation of findings in the current format,
which seems to me to be less clear than desired, in view of how quickly the seller's agent reads such inspection reports and then advises his client on the amount to allow for needed repairs. The inspector has no choice regarding the format. His in-person comments are clear about the relative significance of the findings. The point of the inspection, though, is to impress the seller with the need to pay for repairs to bring a structure to the point of being safe and sound. A format emphasizing major defects in a type of executive summary would be preferable.
I should also point out that my realtor phoned the inspector after the inspection and very quickly obtained further comments that were useful. This was very helpful in the overall process of getting the proposed property ready for completion of the sale.
- Sharon C.

Initial service included a comprehensive inspection along with thorough treatment to rid us of our mice. Our tech explained all the details of how the mice could get in and what the substance was he used to eliminate them. He was very attentive to our need to keep the traps out of reach of our cat and also educated us on what could happen and what to do in the unlikely event she caught a poisoned mouse.
His follow up visits for regular pest control
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treatments have been equally pleasant, professional, helpful, and educational. Since starting the contract, we have not had any insect or rodent problems or sightings in the house that didn't fly in.
Cost has been $105 per quarterly visit and includes checking/reloading the mouse bait (indoor, garage, and crawl space), reapplying the indoor and outdoor barriers, and a perimeter check of the house.
- George W.

excellent, phone calls were returned promptly, the inspector arrived on time and the whole effort was issue free. the inspector spent quality time explaining what he was doing and how to interpret his report. i was not available for the inspection but when i reviewed the report with my wife and compared to my general observations i had was fully confident we knew the current condition of the house before proceeding with the seller on repairs or price reductions if i took on the repair. you can't go wrong with
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. value was well worth the peace of mind, and it was a bargain once the angie's list discount was applied.
- John E.

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arrived at our to-be-purchased home to perform a full inspection. He was very thorough and great in explaining what he was doing, some of the things to watch for (we bougt an older home), and recommending certain things to address. He spent a good bit of time talking with us after the inspection and educating us a bit. We would highly recommend him and
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- Deborah K.

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arrived exactly on time and took his time going through my house from basement to attic.
I have a very old house (80+ years) and I had a particular problem with a leak coming into the ground floor ceiling than neither a roofer nor a plumber could identify.
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saw that water was coming in behind the gutter, and also another gutter that could cause more problems later on. He pointed out changes that could or should be made to make the house safer or could possibly lower my utility bills. He was at my home for approx. 4 hours and when he was done he provided me with a notebook that gave a thorough overview of everything - roof, plumbing, dampness, electrical, etc. - plus pictures and a DVD!!!
He also gave me the name of a roofer whom I called and was very impressed with who will be doing the repairs to the roof and chimney.
I had been thinking about getting a whole-house appraisal for a while but thought it might be too costly. WIth the 20% off Angie's List coupon it was money well spent. Although I don't intend to sell my home, I do want to keep it in good condition and this evaluation has established the "big picture"; something I can use to make modifications a little at a time.
- Ann N.

I actually used
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twice to inspect two different homes - one I ended up not purchasing due to what he found.
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and his son are both professional and thorough - he was on time (even a few minutes early) to the appointment and sent me the inspection report by the next morning. He was honest with me about what needed fixed and even took the time to show me parts of house maintenance that I (a young, female, first time homebuyer) would not otherwise know about. And since I had him inspect two houses within a short period of time, he actually discounted the second inspection (the above price was for the first house). I hope I don't need another inspection any time soon, but if I do, I know who I'll call!
- Rachel D.

I was very impressed with
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. I have had prior inspections done for other houses with different inspectors and
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was by far more thorough than any other inspector I have ever used. Not only did he do the house inspection, but also provided tips on what I could do to improve how some things work. The inspection took about 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
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found items that the inspector I used when purchasing the house missed. I will definitely be using U S Inspect to inspect the new home I am purchasing.

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was very professional. He was chosen by our real estate agent (our fault). I noticed things while we were there for the inspection that the trained eye of the inspector "didn't see". Moreover, we're still finding things that we felt he should have caught during the inspection. Things that aren't
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or would have needed any kind of removal of anything to see. One would like to think that your agent the hired inspector have your back, however, buyer beware. Although he gave us a "thorough" and professional report, we question his thoroughness.
- joy V.

I was very pleased with the inspector that handled my job. He was very knowledgeable. As we walked around the outside of the house for the first half of the inspection, he explained some of his preliminary findings to me and how they could affect the home's condition. He also explained what kind of repairs would need to be done to keep it in good shape. The second half of the inspection was spent inside the house and under the crawlspace. I didn't go under the house this time around. Again, the inspector appeared to do a thorough job of investigating the major systems and appliances in the house. But I did end up hiring the same inspector from
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for the final walk-through to verify that my list of repairs had been completed. He even went in the crawlspace, coveralls and all! I paid $150 for the re-inspection, which was well worth it.
- Belinda G.
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All Home Inspectors in Richmond, VA

Companies below are listed in alphabetical order. To view top rated service providers along with reviews and ratings, Join Angie's List Now!

A House on a Rock Home Inspections LLC

2933 Emblem Dr
Richmond, VA


Richmond, VA

Abby Construction Co Inc

1319 Lafayette Blvd Ste 100
Fredericksburg, VA

Affordable Home Inspection, Inc.

1930 Mill Rd
Henrico, VA

AK Homes

2140 Haleford ct.
Powhatan, VA

All Crawl

15013 Fox Branch Lane
Midlothian, VA

All Seasons Chimney & Masonry LLC

2520 Juniper Ln
Maidens, VA

Armstrong Home Inspections

2933 Deercreek Trail
Powhatan, VA

Atlantic Inspection, Inc.

P.O. Box 1868
Mechanicsville, VA

Bat Bee & Hornet Removal Service

2701 Goodes Bridge Rd
Richmond, VA

BAZ Construction

8 Raines Ave
Sandston, VA


PO BOX 861466
Warrenton, VA

Blackwell Home Inspections LLC

PO Box 67
Powhatan, VA

Bowman Building Corp

11553 Leiden Lane
Midlothian, VA

Bradford & Sons Pest Services

10910 Maranda Court
Fredericksburg, VA

Bruce Ensor Structural Engineer

500 N Front St
Lemoyne, PA

Bug Busters Pest Control Services Inc.

1400 W. Third St.
Farmville, VA


Richmond, VA

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