Avoid Hiring The Wrong Home Inspector
In Mississippi the
standards and practices require an inspector to “look” at the roof – but
does not require them to walk on the roof. They do have to include in
the report how they inspected the roof. Many Brandon, Mississippi home
inspectors choose to look at the roof through binoculars or other means.
Alpha Inspectors walk the roof whenever possible. If the roof would
be damaged or it is an unsafe condition for roof walking the inspectors
put ladders up in various locations around the roof to get the best
Crawl spaces and attics are areas where structural information can be obtained. Be sure your home inspector will actually go under the house or through the attic. Again, looking in is all that is required. And once again – Alpha goes as far as physically and safely possible in these two areas.
The top Brandon, Mississippi home inspectors don’t produce handwritten reports or checklists. Alpha Building Consultants provide a computer generated report
with narratives and explanations. Technology has evolved where you
should expect to receive a full-color report less than 24 hours after
the inspection with digital photographs of the issues discovered during
the course of the inspection. At Alpha we promise your report by 8:00am
the following morning unless you need it earlier. Your inspection
report will include “Summary Pages” for you to quickly see the
information in the report. You will receive a link to an online system
to view your report. You will be able to have continued access to the
report throughout the life of your home.
You can view a sample report here on our website so you’ll know what you can expect for your time and money. After all, you are the client!
To view a sample report click here.
You want to be sure your
Brandon home inspector is available to answer questions directly after
the inspection and even further down the road. Alpha Building
Consultants wants to be your personal building consultant for life.
Calls are welcomed a week, month, six months, year and even years later.
We really do have people who call back a year later with questions
about their home – not the inspection but just things going on in their
home. Wouldn’t it be great to have a place to get answers without
having to pay – just to find out who you really need to call? All our
phone consultations are free. This has been estimated at a value of at
least $250 a year.
We also offer this service to agents. You can call about your own home or one you are listing. Sometimes you just need an answer to a quick question.
When choosing an inspector you want to know where they received their training. There are several great schools throughout the country and of course a number of correspondence courses. You want a home inspector who had hands on training and has a background in construction. Charlie Sessums, the lead inspector at Alpha Building Consultants has a background in both commercial and residential construction. Lee and Allen both have construction background and have been through a ‘hands on training systems’ and direct training from Charlie.
Each month there are new
Mississippi home inspectors who finish their 60 hours of course work,
pay their fees and are set out as “licensed” inspectors. Most of these
inspectors have no field or hands on experience. They set up shop and
are ready to inspect your home, usually for a low, low fee. Do you
really want their ‘in the field training’ to be at your expense?
Did you know it takes a full time inspector at least 100 inspections to develop the eyes, ears and nose for hunting down problems. First-time home inspectors simply don’t have the experience in the field to have developed that radar. So be sure to ask how many inspections the inspector conducts annually and how many years he/she has been doing them.
Other inspectors are willing to inspect your new construction yet do not have the special license to do so. In Madison, Jackson, and Brandon Mississippi an inspector must have a New Construction License (Their license number will end in NH) to inspect any home still owned by the builder, even if it was built in a previous year.
Also, the success of the business depends on exceeding your expectations for quality and professionalism each and every time and you just don’t get that level of service from un-experienced inspectors. So be sure to get an inspection from an experienced, established company insuring your Total Satisfaction!
This is a very important question to ask. You want to be at the inspection if your schedule will allow. The inspection should be more than a check list of items to consider when buying a house. The inspection should be a time to learn about your new home. As an educated home owner you will help systems to last longer and work more efficiently. At Alpha we encourage you to come to the whole inspection. Our goal is for you to be an educated, peaceful home owner. Here is a quick video explaining why. CLICK FOR VIDEO
This is an important question because professional organizations provide a great support system and they usually require additional continuing education. As a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors referred to as ASHI have a great support system and are required to obtain twice as many continuing education hours as we do for the state.
Nothing is more frustrating than trying to call with a question or concern and not being able to reach anyone. Often questions arise after hours, when you’re done with your work day and can finally sit down and think about your new home. So, our phones are answered! We answer our phones from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM. You are always welcome to call with questions.
When you are buying a home you may find you have a tight time line for scheduling a home inspection. Usually your agreement with the sellers will say “7 – 10 days”. Alpha Building Consultants has more than one inspector to try to accommodate your needs. When necessary we will inspect after 5:00 PM or on Saturday.
You have enough to think about when you are buying a home. One thing you don’t need is extra paperwork. To make your life easier, Alpha Building Consultants uses an online system where you can read and sign your inspection agreement, make payment, read your report and share the information with your agent. You can even pay by credit card if you prefer. If it is easier for you, you can bring a check to the inspection.
Quality Professional Home Inspectors ask their client’s to complete a feedback form upon completion of the inspection. Professional Inspectors want to know what they are doing right, as well as what might need improvement. If the inspector can’t or won’t provide client referrals, you need to avoid him! To see what others have said about Alpha Building Consultants visit our “Client Testimonials” page.