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"I showed up 20 minutes before the inspection was scheduled to begin, and
was already at work inspecting the outside of the home. I was really" impressed with how punctual he was. He was very professional, friendly, took the time to talk me through what he was doing and the issues he was finding with the home. I shadowed him for the full 2 1/2 hours he took to inspect the house and asked multiple questions, and he happily answered them all. Just an example of how thorough he was -- when he was checking the kitchen appliances to make sure they were in good working order, he even heated a mug of water to test the microwave. He followed up over email with a thorough report of his findings.

-Dana G.

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"To start off the saga, we called
to get a second opinion on a home we were about to go into contract on, because the first home inspector" left something out of a report and wanted to charge us to add it in afterwards.
squeezed us in before we signed the contract and when we arrived at the home he informed us he had inspected it recently for other potential buyers and wouldn't feel right taking money from us for a job he had already done. He was able to outline to us all the problems from his previous inspection and we confirmed none of the issues had been addressed. When i questioned our realtor about it, she attempted to say that the realtors had informed us there were problems and we had been ok with it. (We later found out they had changed some of the pre-purchase agreement language after we had signed it) By informing us of what he did,
saved my wife and I from a giant headache and moneypit. He refused to take even less than the inspection price when i attempted to give him something for saving us a lot of time and money. Needless to say, for our second home going to contract we called
. My wife likes to ask a TON of questions, and
took the time to explain everything in detail so we would understand exactly what we were looking at with the home. Repeatedly. At one point my wife and the realtor even had to lower him out of the attic head first because he wanted to make sure he looked in the attic even though the entry barely had room for him to squeeze through. He was thorough and had great attention to detail.
is knowledgeable, professional, honest, and entertaining.

-Howard B.

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Home inspection

For most of us, our home is the biggest investment we will ever make. For those preparing to buy, 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, 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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Dear Angie: Should I hire an independent home inspector to look over a newly built tract home? — Deborah D. of Renton, Washington

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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
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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
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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 Palmer

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was very professional and thorough in her inspection as well as the report with itemized pictures. Her detailed report gave us visibility to exactly what we were getting into. She arrived fully equipped for the inspection, checked every outlet, water pressure, every appliance, every faucet, the roof, every little detail. We were very impressed and would definitely recommend her.
- Dargis A.
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Everything about the inspection seemed great the day of. He had a wealth of knowledge on minor fixes and noticed many minor flaws while walking around the house. Since we moved in, we have found everything he did not. We have black mold in several areas throughout the house(in the
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, crawl space, bathroom subfloor/drywall, basement) and water damage throughout the second floor and partially finished basement. If you want someone to give you renovation ideas, he's your man. If you're looking for a thorough inspection you might want to look somewhere else.
- Garrett B.
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is personable and deeply knowledgable. He was exceptionally thorough and professional. He found existing problems, identified causes of future problems, and literally inspected the house inside and out, bottom to very top. As a result of his inspection we discovered a substantial but difficult-to-identify/quantify issue with the foundation sill and crown, and we've since been able to remedy this before closing. The detail in his report is astonishing and
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welcome, his willingness and ability to talk at length about the findings and his process is wonderful. I've had multiple inspections done during past purchases and sales, and
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stands out and alone as an exceptional professional.
Let me try and put this in a better context. The seller as well walked through with
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during the inspection (with my knowledge and express consent), despite finding some truly substantial and expensive issues, even the seller came away from the experience happy and impressed with both
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and his service. It's worth noting that the seller and I are socially connected, this isn't a 'traditional' sale between strangers, but when money is involved it's still a business transaction, and it speaks volumes that even in the face of bad news the seller was impressed. I'm respecting the "dos and don't's" by not quoting, I hope this honors both the spirit and the law within as I've not quoted or spoken for the seller, only represented my own understanding of his experience.
Not only would I use
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again, but I'll recommend him to my own mother when she decides to buy a new property in the area. His affability and zero-pressure approach to the process puts everyone at ease, the intricate detail of his lengthy and thorough report gives us the confidence that our family's interests have been well represented and protected by his trained and experienced eye.
Your inspection is one place in which you don't want to cut corners, I can't recommend
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higher. I discovered him here on Angie's List and was impressed by the depth and breadth of the positive reviews. I'm delighted to add one more to that monument to the quality of the man and his work.
- Joanna B.
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7, 2015. Mr.
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and his assistant were punctual, neatly dressed, pleasant (but not overly pleasant) and professional. Both donned shoe covers when entering the house. They inspected from top to bottom, roof to basement. All appliances were turned on and monitored. Water was turned on at every water outlet and monitored. Lights were turned on and off at different intervals. Measurements were done inside and out. Since service was pre-paid, Mr.
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informed us of issues/concerns before leaving the property. Work was completed in a timely manner. A full report was received via email
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11, 2015. The report included photos and detail information. Where issues were present, the issues were circled on the photos with specific information about the problem.
- Addrene J.
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did an amazing job! We were in an option on a home but found another home before
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did the inspection on the first home. I called him the night before the scheduled inspection and asked him if there was anyway we could inspect the new home instead of the previously scheduled home, he was very very flexible said he would schedule the new home and cancel the old one as well as inform the termite inspector of the change of location.
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we very thorough and explained everything that we didn't understand. He walked my husband through the entire property inside and out and when I showed up late re-explained everything he had just told my husband to me. With the information
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provided us we were able to identify major issues with the home and decided to pass on the home. Had we not had this information we would have probably bought a home that was poorly renovated. When I called
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to schedule another inspection, this time on the original property, he was booked solid, but he referred us to another inspector who was available to help us immediately. Overall
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was a great inspector and if we would recommend any inspector out the few we have now worked with,
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is the best of them all.

- Parminder S.
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showed up promptly and got busy. Found all the problem areas I had already determined and then some. He had a coworker that kept updating notes via radio for him so he could spend all his time with the evaluations and inspections. They both ran us through the issues they found verbally, and showed us the problem areas and where all the utilities were located. The next day we had a full report in email. They also brought snacks!
I would use this company again easily.
- Charles B.
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I called requesting a third party inspection of an HVAC and drywall situation in a room of our new house. The room us unusually damp and the drywall tape is pulling away. I had wanted to get a second opinion. However, his initial responses to my questions indicated to me he was not interested in providing services in my given situation even though his thermal imaging services would have been helpful. By the time he said he could do that it his
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was clear to me he was still not interested. I think this was due to the fact he was afraid this would end up in litigation with the builder. If your looking for someone to litigate on a new home don't call him. He no longer does those despite his website saying otherwise.
- Laura H.
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We did have some issues with this company, however, I would first like to state that they have been resolved and they gave us our money back. We had water testing done, however, according to the testing company, usually arsenic is automatically done with the testing and
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did not request that. Apparently arsenic is an issue in my area, necessitating us needing to get this testing done separately. The cost for the testing was tremendously inflated from the actual cost. Same for the radon testing, which was very inflated compared to cost of testing. We also had issues that we felt should have been able to be caught. For instance, had someone checked the water stains around the toilet and only touched around the water stained carpeting in that area, they would have discovered holes in the underlying floor . We do realize the carpet cannot be pulled up for an inspection. The biggest issue was our deck which multiple contractors looked at and an additional inspection company, all saying the same thing... it wasn't safe. This was an issue we wondered about and specifically asked the company to address beforehand during the inspection, as we were in another state at the time. An unsafe deck would have been OK if we had known it was unsafe- we would have negotiated a lower price for the home, however the inspector, himself a "deck specialist", reported it as safe.
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did come out an look at it and the owner still felt it was safe , however, he was late or just didn't come three times beforehand, without calling ahead to let us know of the delay or cancellation. Late or canceling is OK, not calling ahead is not. He wanted to repair the deck himself, a repair which would not have solved the safety issue and would have been a conflict of interest here. Interestingly, someone almost did go through the railing in a corner a couple days after while a contractor happen to be here. The corner of the railing came apart. It had to be immediately replaced. We did request our money to be returned, however, he returned only a portion and we had to go back and request the remainder.
- Barbara P.

Home Inspectors in Palmer, MA

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Affordable Home Inspections

51 Laurel St
Holyoke

Ahearn Inspection Service Llc

35 Keets Rd
Deerfield

AirMD

7700 Congress Ave

Allied Pest Control

380 Union St
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American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

Beau's Repair

102 Shawmut St
Springfield

BOTTONE HOME INSPECTIONS

200 CENTER ST
Ludlow

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cameron Site Inspection

PO Box 262
Middleton

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Westfield

Jared D. Smith Electric

94 Ridge Rd
East Longmeadow

Jay Mercier Home Inspection

14 William Street 8A
Danvers

JM Rodkey Co

56 Meetinghouse Rd.
Amherst

Joel Jette Construction

57 Walker Rd
Wales

King Pest Control LLC

51 Penrose St.
Springfield

MassRADON by Aaron Associates

38 Clyde Ave
West Springfield

Paciorek Electric Inc

45 Linseed Rd
West Hatfield

PDV INC

278 Main St
Greenfield

Premier Pest Control

187 East St.
South Hadley

Terminix

324 Grove St
Worcester

THE BUILDING INSPECTOR OF AMERICA

2 BROOKSIDE CIR
Wilbraham

The Haas Group LLC

2215 Plank Road

Varment Guard Environmental

5220 Westerville Rd

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