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Buying a home is the largest investment most people will ever make, but is the house you're considering your dream home or a "money pit" in disguise?
We help take the stress out of buying or selling a house by giving you a clear, thorough and objective picture of the property you're considering.
We're proud members of ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors, we're licensed and insured, and we've performed hundreds of inspections on homes of every description. Our services include a very thorough Inspection Report with photos, provided immediately following the inspection, a clear debriefing, and unlimited telephone support afterwards at no charge. Call us today-- you'll be glad you did.
We help take the stress out of buying and selling a house by giving our clients a clear, objective look at the house they're considering. Our seller clients get peace of mind by knowing what items are likely to cause issues with buyers, and our buyers receive the most thorough, objective information on the property's condition we can offer.
We recently upgraded our inspection software to Tap Inspect, which allows us to write the report and add photos while we're gathering the data on-site. We formerly gathered the data, entered it into our old software, and then imported the photos we took before printing out the report. This was way too cumbersome and time-consuming. Now, our clients receive the Inspection Report the minute we've finished writing it and immediately after the de-briefing.
|Virginia Beach, VA 23452|
|Contact Robert Greeley|
|Robert Greeley accepts cash, checks and credit cards|
We are members of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the nation's oldest and largest standard-setting organization. We also receive ongoing training to stay current with the newest issues and broaden our knowledge of older systems like radiant heat, boilers, and so on.
We provide ongoing telephone support for our clients after the inspection is complete. We also help our clients track down everything from how to find parts for storm doors to how to get replacement window sashes if one gets damaged. Finally, we offer a money-back guarantee. If you're not satisfied with the inspection within thirty days, we will refund the inspection fee. No questions asked.
We most frequently inspect single-family, detached homes, but we also handle town homes, condominiums, and multi-family properties. Our home sizes have ranged from 700 square feet to over 5,000, from one to six units, and from brand-new to over one hundred years old.
Are you licensed and insured?
Do you have references?
If so, do you follow their standards?
Have the electricity, water and gas turned on, make sure the heat and air conditioning can be tested, and have the area as "inspectable" as possible. This means having the windows, electrical outlets and plumbing under the sink accessible. Also, please restrain animals so we can open gates and doors. Please visit our website at www.hiplusllc.com and click on "Getting Your Home Ready For Inspection" for more information.
I was literally born into the home improvement business. My father had a paint and hardware store from the time I was a child, and I developed an interest in the business of homes at a very young age. After college and a year in law school (which turned out to be far less satisfying than I imagined it would be), I returned to the home improvement business and ultimately started Home Inspections Plus, LLC. Now, hundreds of inspections later, I've mentored a number of new inspectors and enjoy teaching them the workings of this fascinating profession.
Don't pay unreasonable fees, but beware the inspector who charges too little! A thorough inspection should take around three hours, and your inspector should be licensed and insured (both for General Liability and Errors and Omissions).
If you want to save yourself time, money and headaches, go to our website at www.hiplusllc.com and click on "A More Thorough Inspection" and "Getting Your Home Ready For Sale." These pages will walk you through what we look for (i.e., deficiencies your home might have without you knowing about them) and how to speed up the inspection process that day.
They're both indispensable guides for saving money and giving you a clear picture of what the process entails.
I'm generally thought of as an empathetic person, and I believe this comes across in my inspections and home staging advice. I realize most inspections occur just before closing, so I never overstate the issues I so often encounter. I'm cognizant of the stress clients and realtors are often under during this time.
Can I ask questions during the inspection?
No, but we do need you there for the debriefing.
Will you give me something I can present to the sellers as to deficiencies with the property?
We average about 80 inspections per year, but the total is growing all the time. Our offering in the home staging area is new, so we're just getting that end of the business started.
We have been described by some real estate agents as "deal killers" since our job is to point out what's wrong with a property. While we can't speak for our peers, we merely point out what's deficient with a property in a non-confrontational way and let the client make an educated decision as to whether they want to buy that house. We never counsel clients either toward or away from purchasing the home we're inspecting for them.
I recently discovered a clogged air conditioner condensation line just before it would have overflowed and destroyed a client's ceiling. I cleaned out the line, restored drainage, and alerted the buyers so they could get the seller to have further service performed by an air conditioning company. I also noticed that the wood floors of a gorgeous, 4,500 foot home were badly warped throughout the ground floor. When I checked the crawl space, I found water all over the entire moisture barrier under the house. By probing numerous air conditioning ducts with a screwdriver, I found the cause: the internal duct joints were leaking cold air into the insulation jackets which were then filling up with water. The water leaked out of them onto the vapor barrier, where it then evaporated and rose through the sub floor, warping the floors. This would have cost my client thousands of dollars to repair, and the sellers had no idea what had been causing it.
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