Irwin Home Inspectors

in Irwin, PA

Home Inspecting Reviews in Irwin

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From start to finish dealing with
was great. He answered and scheduled the inspection on the first phone call and sent a confirmation email afterwards. When I arrived
had the ladder out and was already checking out the exterior. He was very friendly and informative. I tagged along during the entire inspection and he was patient enough to answer every little question and gave useful advice. His report took only a day to be emailed to me and it was comprehensive yet understandable. His professionalism was reassuring and eased the relative chaos of being a first time home buyer. Muchos Buenos.
- Jason S.
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I dealt with
as the seller of a house he inspected.
Subsequent to
’s inspection, our buyers decided to back out of the deal believing there were many thousands of dollars worth of repairs required to my house. This is a house built in 2004 that has been maintained very well and is in excellent condition.
Upon reviewing
’s report I found there were several areas that appeared to be either misstated or absolutely incorrect that would easily lead a potential buyer to believe the condition of the house was much worse than it actually is.
’s review of the roof included details of the damage many Pittsburgh homes experienced during the hail storms in March of 2011. “Due to the
[
] storms of 3/2011, the owner should be consulted to determine if the roof was evaluated. If not, it should be so to ensure no hail damages [
] are present.”
was made well aware of the fact that the roof was replaced in March of 2012. During the inspection my wife provided
with the documentation to support this fact. When I asked
why he had included details regarding a hail storm that occurred one year prior to the roof being replaced and what relevancy those details may have, his response was “I had no idea you had your roof rpelced.” [
] Obviously honesty is not a strong point with
. Not only did he have an “idea”, he had access to, and was presented with the paperwork to demonstrate the roof
was indeed replaced. He even asked my wife who the manufacturer was of the new shingles at which point she called me. I told her that there was an unopened bundle of shingles in the garage which she showed to
. No idea
? Really?

continued with a comment about the roof wear. “Further Evaluation / Monitor: The roofing is serviceable condition, with different areas wearing at different rates. The sides of the roof exposed to most sunlight wear more quickly than more shaded areas.” Why is this statement part of the inspection? The roof is new so there is no wear at this point. Nor does this general
statement make any kind of observation regarding the actual roof on my house. Since it is labeled for further evaluation, the uneducated reader may think the roof needs to be evaluated for wear. I suspect he was just using a boiler-plate statement he found in the inspector’s handbook.
then made a statement regarding the roofing technique used in the roof valleys. ”The design of the roofing system at its
valleys is such that several vulnerable areas exist. There is a higher potential for leaks.” When asked to specify what data or experience
had to support this claim, he had nothing. He had no personal experience with a valley installation like mine leaking, nor did he have any industry data supporting his statement. He said that he made this statement because the installation was “unusual”. I asked if it necessarily followed that because an installation was in his opinion “unusual”, it would have a higher risk of failure? He would not respond. I also told him that our insurance company mandated that the roof be inspected upon its completion to ensure the installation was correct. I told him I had documentation from the insurance inspector indicating the installation was satisfactory. So while an expert in roofing and roofing installations from the insurance company paying for the job
gave the roof a clean bill of health,
’s opinion was that the roof had a higher likelihood of failure.
I followed up with a roofing expert to discuss
’s findings. It was explained to me that the valley construction that
indicated was “typical” is called a "half woven valley", while the construction he indicated as “unusual” is called a "Long Island cut". Comment from the roofing expert: “The Long Island Cut valley on your home has Ice & Water shield, then felt, then a
of shingles laid diagonally across the valley, then shingles overlapping the diagonal shingles. It should provide extra protection in the valleys.” Extra protection? But
said this installation had a “higher potential to leak”. In my opinion making an unfounded statement like this is irresponsible, unprofessional and unethical. The prospective buyers were now of the opinion the roof was bad based on absolutely no facts.

In his inspection of the furnace and AC units,
made identical observations. He said that “The heating/AC system requires service..” I asked him what he meant. Did the systems currently need service, or was he just making a general statement for the new owners. He replied that he was recommending “common typical maintenance” to the buyers. I responded that it did not read that way and I believe the buyers thought the furnaces and AC units were not functioning properly and required service now.

Next observation: "All attic doors should be weatherstripped [
] and insulated." I explained to
that there weren’t multiple “doors”, there was only one door and it was already weather stripped. I continued that the door was the type that was hinged to the bedroom ceiling and the door contained an integral ladder which would preclude attaching any insulation to it. His response was “NON negotiable for all homes.” Since he chose to ignore my follow-up question, I still
’t know what that means. Given he thought there were multiple doors, I suspect he was just using another boiler-plate statement he found in the inspector’s handbook.

In reference to a gas line running to the furnace in the attic,
made this statement: “A person knowledgeable in electrical system design, the local electrical code and tbese [
] requirements should specify the bonding for commercial applications.” I asked him to clarify this statement. According to
this requirement applies to commercial applications and not residential.
responded as follows: “GASTITIE manufactrues [
] rules of bonding started in 2009 to reduce explosions form [
] lightning strike. See the manufacvturers [
] website.” So this commercial requirement was put in place 5 years AFTER my house was built. Based on
’s report, am I to believe that all changes in code and/or appliance installations for residential as well as commercial applications enacted since 2004 would have to be implemented as part of the sale of my house?

went on to note that "Re-caulking of flashing needed." I responded that all the flashing was re-caulked when the new
roof was installed. This was a requirement as the color was changed to match the new roof.
responded as follows: “The metal step flashing along the front of the home has gpas [
] and will leak more water causdign [
] dmage [
] to the interiro [
] of yoru [
] home. Leak “more” water? Wouldn’t there currently have to be a leak for
’s statement to make any sense? There is no mention of any existing water leaks in the report, and in fact there are none in my house. So this represents more misleading information from
. Based on this entirely inaccurate statement, the prospective buyers may believe there to be existing water leaks.
didn’t even correctly indicate the size of the electrical service. While his report indicates 150 Amps, the actual number is 200 Amps.
I continued to attempt to resolve these discrepancies with
, but he stopped responding after two e-mails. Instead of choosing to defend his report and his professional reputation, he chose not to answer any of my follow-on questions.
In general it’s my opinion that
reaches unfounded conclusions based on wild speculation. In his zest to fill every available inspection category with any related or unrelated factoid, he overreaches and makes faulty, baseless and sometimes misleading statements.
’s report states that the intent of the inspection is to find the $1,000 problems, not the $100 problems. It would seem in
’s case, he should also add that if he can’t find any actual $1,000 problems, he’ll invent some. I would stay well away from this guy. If you’re a buyer, he will present you with a report that is error-laden, sometimes indecipherable, and much worse than reality. If you’re the unfortunate seller, he will likely scare your buyer off. In my case as the seller, his misrepresentations cost me many thousands of dollars.
- Joseph B.

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6694 State Route 30
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706 Russett Meadow Ct
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1943 A Broadway Ave.
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ABSOLUTE CHIMNEY RESTORATION

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1200 Herminie W Newton Rd
West Newton, PA

AIR TECH ENVIRONMENTAL

1726 Ridgewood Dr
Washington, PA

AirMD

7700 Congress Ave
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ALLEGHENY HOME RESOURCES

1034 HARVEST COURT
Coraopolis, PA

American Home Masters Inc

250 Laurel Dr
Greensburg, PA

Amerispec Home Inspection

333 Lindsay Road
Zelienople, PA

APPLIED PEST MANAGEMENT

109 Rama Rd
Beaver Falls, PA

ASHBURN INSPECTIONS, LLC

Murrysville, PA

B&M Home Improvements

1000 Greentree Rd
Pittsburgh, PA

Beveridge Inspections

409 Sewickley St
Greensburg, PA

Bruce Ensor Structural Engineer

500 N Front St
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Bucci & Son Plumbing LLC

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