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Mighty_E, Home Buyer in 22202

Home Inspector - Recommendations...

Asked by Mighty_E, 22202 Sun Feb 8, 2009

I'm looking for a good home inspector - with whom have you worked in past; who would you recommend? The inspection is on a condo located in Vienna, VA.

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I like Ed Donofrio. In addition to being a full time career home inspector, he is a structural and mechanical engineer from the Naval Academy. (I don't know of any other inspectors that are structural and mechanical engineers). He's never told any of my clients to call in another kind of inspector to take a closer look at (for example) and HVAC or a structural issue, etc. He is professional and thorough; and he explains to buyer how to use the equipment they have, how to maintain it, etc. He usually has one of his assistants (one of his young adult sons) who is given the task of checking every window, every outlet, every light switch, every "little" thing that doesn't require a great deal of knowledge or skill to check - just the time... and they literally check every part in the house. They also do not do a "roof" inspection from the ground like many inspectors, they climb up to the roof, and onto it if necessary, do to their physical inspection. If you have any arguments from the sellers about whether a repair needs to be done or how, he is there to talk with them and help support you in your efforts. And, most of all, he's never advised my clients on what they can/can't do under their contract - he knows he's not the agent and has not seen the contract; but I've had other inspectors who like to tell the buyer what they can or should do under a contract and sometimes (especially with bank owned properties, short sales, etc.) someone without knowledge of the transaction specifics can give very BAD advise.

For all this, he is priced within the "normal" range, never more than $25 more than any other inspector any of my clients have ever used.

His contact information is on my web page on the SERVICE PROVIDERS page. Best of luck to you!
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I'm going to add a second vote for U.S. Inspect. I've been using them for over 7 years and found them to be very thorough and especially good with first-time buyers. They provide you with a typed report (complete with pictures) on the spot and the inspector will point out maintenance issues as he goes through the property (e.g., how and when to clean/replace filters; how to adjust sensitivity of garage door openers; etc.).

Beware of going with an inspector who is cheaper - I've had clients do this and ended up with an inspector who doesn't take the cover off the electrical panel to inspect the wiring or doesn't check all of the electrical outlets or doesn't open all of the windows to make sure they operate correctly. A home inspection is not where you want to cut corners - make sure you get a professional who will check everything!
Web Reference: http://www.GlendaCherry.com
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Hi Igor,

Pillar-To-Post is a very reputable company and I have been using an inspector named Mike Ward-Dahl for about four years now. (703)352-1333 is the office number.

You can also find professionals for just about anything real estate related on http://www.servicemagic.com, where the contractors are screened and have references.

Good Luck with your purchase!

Regards,
Debra Talley
Broker Associate
RE/MAX Preferred Properties
Vienna, VA
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US Inspect is always thorough and professionally. Their inspectors are ASHI certified. http://www.usinspect.com. , 1-888-usinspect..com I usually recommend them for my buyers. Best of Luck!
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Another great resource is Angies List. There is a yearly subscription, but it is well worth it. And you can use it not only to find a home inspector, but electrician, dentist, --you name it.
Web Reference: http://www.angieslist.com
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Hi Igor,

There is a web resource out there you might want to take a look at.

http://www.linkedin.com

This is a networking system for proessionals that included recommendation from former customers and clients. It might be worth a peek.

Good luck
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