The mail below has been sent to a few inspectors. I was forwarded this mail from an inspector in Houston and Garland over the last 2 days. (See also the very end of this post)
I did a search for home and termite inspectors and I found your email address. These internet searches are definitely far from perfect so if this is not the type of business or area you’re in, I apologize and please disregard this email.
I have a house in Houston under contract that I need inspected as soon as possible. It’s a 2-story, 4BR, 3FB, 2HB, 2-car garage, 3716 SF house built in 2006. There’s an in ground pool and there is a sprinkler system. I would like a structural inspection. I’m in my 10 day options period so it is a bit of a rush in that I need the report by Tuesday, 6/21/11.
About the inspection, can you tell me what exactly is inspected? I need a very thorough inspection. Do you cover: the home’s heating and cooling systems, electrical, plumbing, interiors, exteriors, garages, baths, roofing, kitchens, drainage, insects, insulation, ventilation, exterior walls, parapets, soffits, fascia, trim, chimney, foundation, and slab?
Do you climb into the attic and on the roof to assess the insulation, ventilation, framing, roof surface, flashing, penetrations, drainage, overhangs, gutters and downspouts. In the kitchen inspection, does it include cabinets, counters, sinks, faucets, garbage disposal and other built-in appliances?
Do you take digital pictures that I can have copies of?
How long will it take to get the report? And can I get it emailed to me, either in Word or .PDF? Can you send me a copy of a blank report that you use?
How long have you been an inspector?
Do you do this work full time?
How many years has the company you’re working for been in business under its current business name?
Are you/they registered with the BBB?
Are you licensed in Texas? Or are you a member of or certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or an organization like it?
Do you have general liability and/or errors and omissions insurance? If so, how much?
Approximately how many inspections you’ve done?
Do you accept credit cards?
Can you get me approximate estimates on things that are wrong with the house? I’m not asking for an exact figure or going to hold you to it but a ballpark figure for items that need repair would be very helpful.
If you’re interested, please email me here, tell me how much you will charge for the inspections, approximately how long it will take, how soon you can do it and get the report to me. I will accompany you on the inspection.
Real Estate Investor, Notary Public
4141 North Freeway Suite 310
Houston, TX 77022
713-400-1928 Fax to email
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