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" was referred to me by someone I trust. I asked for the inspection as a home owner rather than a prospective buyer so that I could assess" what needed to be done to my home with an eye toward selling sometime in the near future. His inspection was very thorough, very professional, and very honest. He noted some issues but also provided recommendations as to how to handle them. I would absolutely call him again in the future.

-Michael G.

"He looked under the house, in the attic, and everywhere else. Provided me with a disk with pictures of problem areas, and make a list of what needed to be done, as well as some recommendations.

-Janet M.

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Home Inspection

If you're preparing to buy a house, a quality home inspection is key. An inspection is usually required for a home purchase. A highly rated home inspector will look at every nook and cranny to gauge structure stability, as well as present and potential dangers. But remember, a home inspection is not a guarantee or a warranty - it may not find everything.

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During a home inspection, what telltale signs can you watch for that the inspector might not see?

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The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring renovators and remodelers to be certified on lead-safe work practices by 2010.

Okamura notes that when an inspection uncovers problems, would-be buyers need to allow time for contractors to submit estimates and fix the problems. (Photo by Sara Cozolino)

Finding lenders, real estate agents, home inspectors and other professionals you can trust is an important first step in buying a house.

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It really depends on where you are and the type of work.  In Texas most home inspectors are only trained in general areas of interest and have no detailed knowledge of construction practices.  Some do after having carrerrs in other fields including engineering or as general contractors/home builders.  If you are wondering if a completed job was done in a professional manner appearance wise and have minor concerns an inspector can help you.  If it is more extensive hire professionals from the different fields to inspect the respective work.  Plumber for the plumbing, electrician for electrical, etc.  An experienced GC or inspector can do an initial inspection and advise you whether you should have the concerns further investigated by the trades.  Remember, they can't tell much about what they can't see so framing and insulation concerns will be hard to verify.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX
It's a little unusual to do this except in cases of fixer-upper properties but you should call a local general contractor with experience renovating/remodeling homes in the neighborhood.  They'll know the typical problems with the homes there and what to look out & budget for.  For example, here in San Antonio many of the homes built in the mid-fifties to 60's have lead drains that were not put in properly or were installed in such a way that repairs are not quick or cheap.  Many homes even older have the same drains but seem to be less hassle to repair.  Homes in my neighborhood have a problem with improper supply lines (wrong type of copper) which break due to corrosion.  Just make sure the contractor you hire to go over the property with you has done significant work on homes in the area on similar homes.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
Are the heat pumps commercial or residential units?
Are the heat pumps Package or Split System?
Are there actually 33 PTAC units?
Are you an EPA certified person( refrigerant )?

Here is my suggestion, break it down into manageable portions(ie one heat pump and a few PTAC units every other month) to keep from being overloaded.  
Clean/Replace filters
Check/inspect electrical wiring and connections
Check amperage draw of compressors/motors 
Check capacitance of start and run capacitors
Check contractors/relays for wear/pitting
Check refrigerant levels and record superheated/subcooling
Check external static pressures across air handler(s)
Check deltaT (return and supply air temps) 
Lubricate motors( if applicable)
Inspect Belts/Pulleys( if applicable)
Clean outdoor coils
Clean indoor coils

Start there and HAVE FUN!!! 

Home Inspection reviews in Richmond


from helped me when I was purchasing a rental property. He spent a couple hours looking over the home and was able to give me some great insight about the property and how to maintain it in the future. He actually printed a nice report at the house and we reviewed it together. Very Professional! He was ...More very knowledgeable and fun to be around. I will use him for sure on my next home inspection.
- Ruth L.

You WANT this guy for your home inspection, as that! was professional, courteous, knowledgeable,
on time, explained things clearly and was very personable. This guys knows his stuff. I had to find someone long distance to do our home inspection. My wife and I are very glad we found ...More . From the top of the chimney to the crawl space under the house and everything in-between. checked everything (many things I didn't even think of). Very thorough. Afterwards he supplied us with a detailed report of his findings. I highly recommend his services. Stellar. Very happy.

- Daniel M.

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 ...More chosen, 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.

I am assuming this company is the one owned by Group, VA (which does not put on its materials the street address shown by Angie's List).
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. ...More 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 ...More to do in the unlikely event she caught a poisoned mouse.
His follow up visits for regular pest control 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 ...More 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 . value was well worth the peace of mind, and it was a bargain once the angie's list discount was applied.
- John E.

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 ...More highly recommend him and
- Deborah K.

Mr. 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. saw that water was coming in behind ...More 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.

Home Inspectors in Richmond

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AK Homes

2140 Haleford ct.

All Crawl

15924 Hampton Summit Drive

Allstates Home Inspections, LLC

2025 East Main Street (suite 16)

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

Armstrong Home Inspections

2933 Deercreek Trail

Atlantic Inspection, Inc.

P.O. Box 1868

Bat Bee & Hornet Removal Service

2701 Goodes Bridge Rd #6

BAZ Construction

8 Raines Ave

BlueKnows Repairs

2025 East Main Street-suite 16

Bowman Building Corp

11553 Leiden Lane

Bug Busters Pest Control Services Inc.

1400 W. Third St.

Burgess Inspections, Inc.

530 Southlake Blvd

Capitol Home Inspections

13541 East Boundary Road


PO Box 3391
Glen Allen

Central Virginia Home Inspections

2220 Dabney Rd

Chimney Saver Solutions

6503-B Dickens Place


Glen Allen

Connor's Termite & Pest Control

5408 Port Royal Rd

Cranor Inspection Services LLC

PO Box 1455
Glen Allen

Criterium-Hall Engineers

2607 Sutters Mill Terrace

Critter Control

2709 Turner Rd

Dr. Tom, LLC.

18140 Shumans Rd
Ruther Glen

Dual Design / David W. Jackson

5951 N. Killdeer Dr.

E Climate Systems Inc

720 Moorefield Park Drive
North Chesterfield

Econ Electrical, LLC

2228 Cedar Crest Rd
North Chesterfield


10831 west broad st
Glen Allen

Exterminating Unlimited, Inc.

10979 Leadbetter Rd

Fighter Pilot Home Inspection & Repair

P.O. Box 2394

GMJ Construction & Maintenance

5719 Cartersville Road

Greenstone Solutions LLC

1001 Boulders Pkwy

Hall Engineering

8610 Turtle Creek Blvd Apt 211

Home Inspex

PO Box 37563


14241 Midlothian Tpke

HouseMaster Home Inspections

2132 Bloomsherry Dr
North Chesterfield

In Home Services

8716 September Drive

J & D Construction and Maintenance

304 S Brown Street

JAG Property Management Inc

6008 La Veta Dr

LDM Associates LLC


London Sweeps Chimney Sweeps

5214 Fairlake Lane
Glen Allen

Loyal Termite & Pest Control Inc

2610 E Parham Rd


11446 Cauthorne Rd
Glen Allen

Michael & Son Svc Inc

5740 General Washington Dr

MoistureFree Warranty

20227 Railroad St



Perma Treat Pest Control

501 Lafayette Blvd

PestMasters Termite & Pest Control

6525 Dickens Pl

Pillar to Post Home Inspections

2540 Pineacre Ct.

Quality Home Inspections

28 Paula Maria Dr
Newport News


5102 W Village Green Dr

Rhodes Construction Co

1220 Richeson Ave

richmond in home care

Jewish Family Services 6718 Patterson Ave





Russ Bouyance Inspections

7848 Pauling Hill Terrace

RVA Home Repairs

2515 libbie ave

Select Home Solutions

9119 Dickey Drive

Simms Home Inspection

501 E Franklin St

Southern Pest Control

14021 Steeplestone Dr


508 Smoketree Pl

The G.D. Green Company,Inc.

13412 Oxley Court



Tonys Heating & Air Appliance Repair & Handyman

7289 Hidden Lakes Estates Dr

Torwood Enterprises LLC

10511 Oakdell Dr

Trini Home Inspection


Universal Exterminating

6032 Mechanicsville Turnpike

Universal Handyman Services

2030 Chamberalyne Pkwy

US Inspect

3650 Concorde Pkwy

White Glove Plumbing - Heating & Air

2606 Oak Lake Blvd

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