Buying a home
is one of the most expensive investments you will ever make and in many cases the most expensive investment you will make.
As a home buyer
and / or home owner you have hundreds of choices when it comes to selecting a home inspector. You can let your REALTOR
or relocation company choose your home inspector. You can shop around for the
least expensive home inspector or find an inspector with immediate availability. You
can try and inspect the home yourself to save money.
When it comes
to home inspectors the quality of the inspection and dedication to the home buyer can vary widely. If you research your home inspection options you will come to realize that there are basically a few types
of home inspectors available:
- Full-Time Serious Professional Home Inspectors with years or experience and a construction background.
- Full-Time home inspectors that are new to the business and often have little or no construction
background (almost half of the home inspection licenses in North Carolina and South Carolina have been issued in under the
last 2 years).
- Semi-Retired Individuals that are looking for occasional work.
home inspectors that work other jobs and are looking to supplement their income.
Many home inspectors
rely on REALTORS as their primary source of business and referrals. If you choose
the home inspector your REALTOR recommends you may get what is commonly referred to as an “easy inspector” or
“drive-by inspector” that is “REALTOR friendly” and will not risk reporting something that might “kill
the deal”. Yes several caring REALTOR's recommend me, but many more have told me things such as "I'm too
picky", "I find the expensive problems", "some deals become difficult after my inspection" in order for them to
recommend me to their clients.
If the home
inspector you are considering does not encourage you to attend the inspection and follow them around the home, ask yourself
why. A detail oriented, thorough home inspector will be proud of their work and
encourage buyers to attend and follow them around the home. For my clients,
I promise you it will be one of the most informative ½ days you have ever spent; after all buying a home is a huge
investment it is worth a few hours to see what the inspector sees when he / she sees it.
the home inspection business can be relatively inexpensive (in half of the states there is no state licensing board, so all
someone may need is a business card and a screw driver).
- Full time dedicated home inspectors spend thousands of dollars on gear, instruments, tools, ladders,
cameras, computers, and licenses to perform home inspections.
- Serious home inspectors spend thousands of dollars on insurance to protect themselves on the job
- Dedicated home inspectors join credible home inspection associations, such as ASHI (American Society
of Home Inspectors) as well as smaller local associations to train and learn form other local serious home inspectors.
- Long term home inspectors spend countless hours reviewing new construction techniques, new products,
and stay on top of product recalls.
- Professional home inspectors spend numerous hours and thousands of dollars every year taking continuing
education courses to constantly improve their knowledge base and keep themselves on top of the profession.
- Over half of the home inspection licenses in North Carolina and South Carolina have been issued
in the last 2 years. That makes your odds of getting a rookie, inexperienced, and/or untrained inspector basically 50-50
before you even make your first call.
Paul King is
a full-time, serious, dedicated, long-term, professional home inspector. I have
performed over 400 inspections every year for several years and do not rely on Realtors as my main source of business. Over 50% of my business comes from referrals from previous clients; very few home
inspectors can claim that. I encourage my buyers to attend the inspection and
ask me any questions. I have invested thousands of dollars in gear, instruments,
tools, cameras, computers, licenses, certifications and continue to do so. I am a licensed
Commercial and Residential General Contractor in addition to being a licensed home inspector. I am a member
of ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors), the North Carolina Licensed Home Inspectors Association, and a founding member
and President of PAHI (Piedmont Association of Home Inspectors). I subscribe
to construction publications to stay on top of new ideas and receive daily emails on product recalls from the CPSC. I spend over 20 hours every year on continuing education to meet the requirements of the North Carolina
Home Inspectors Licensure Board, ASHI, and several other associations to which I belong.
I am not a multi inspector company that may send out a trainee, part-time, associate, or less experienced home inspector. When you hire Inspector Paul, you get Inspector Paul.
If you are
looking for a full time, serious, dedicated, long term, detail oriented, professional home inspector to evaluate
your new home please call me.
Call: Paul King
1820 Sunnyside Ave. Charlotte, NC 28204
& 201 Tom Hall St. #236 Fort Mill, SC 29715
Professional, detailed, thorough home
inspections in Charlotte, Pineville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Weddington, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Waxhaw, Monroe,
and Marvin, North Carolina as well as Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Lake Wylie, Indian Land, York, Clover, and
Lancaster, South Carolina.
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