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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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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
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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 Inspectors in Bluefield, VA

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American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

B&E Restorations

11402 Collier Ct

Bigoney Engineering

612 Lafayette Blvd., Suite 200
Fredericksburg

Bug Busters Pest Control Services Inc.

1400 W. Third St.
Farmville

Connor's Pest Control

6305 Old Plank Rd
Fredericksburg

CSI Home and Commercial Services

10822 A Courthouse Rd
Fredericksburg

ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS & CONSTR

1010 N MAIN ST
Harrisonburg

Frank's Home Improvements

752 Harbor St
Pounding Mill

J & D Construction and Maintenance

304 S Brown Street
Blackstone

Kobalt Construction LLC

15073 Mountain Road
South Boston

Mountain Air Heating & Cooling

1205 S Main St
Woodstock

Old Dominion Environmental, Inc.

840 N. Kent Street, STE 6
Winchester

Perma Treat Pest Control

501 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg

Prince William Home Improvement

14910 Persistence Dr
Woodbridge

Rector's Property Maintenance

801 colonial ave
Colonial Beach

Southers Electrical Services

813 Osborne Rd.
Farmville

STEFAN HOME SERVICE

5901 SHERATON CIR.
Fredericksburg

The Crews Team of Keller Williams

923 Maple Gorve Dr.
Fredericksburg

Town & Country Construction

11500 Bevils Bridge Rd.
Amelia Court House

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