To Schedule an Inspection: 678-813-1265
State of Georgia Internationally Certified Real Estate Inspector
Serving Metro Atlanta and the North Georgia Areas
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Steadfast Inspections believes you can pay a man to work, but you can’t pay a man to care. At Steadfast Inspections, we care about you and one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. Below, please find our most frequently asked questions. For additional concerns or questions, please click this link and ask your own. email@example.com
1. If the building is brand new, do I still need an inspection?
Most of our general inspections last between 4-8 hours depending on several factors, (commercial or residential; size, number of bathrooms, number of kitchens, number of HVAC units, type of foundation, etc.….). The city or county inspectors do a marvelous job! They are tasked with multiple inspections each day and must be back in the office in time to do their paperwork. They are simply amazing but at the same time they do not have the resources to spend the time we believe necessary to do a general inspection.
2. If the building is only 2 or 3 years old, do I need an inspection?
This answer is a follow-up to question 1. If the first buyer did not purchase a general inspection, the answer is yes. We recommend attaining a copy of the inspection that the seller received when they bought the home. After reviewing it, you can determine whether another inspection is warranted. Issues could have occurred since their purchase, but we understand that money is a factor. Remember, one significant issue can cost more than a building inspection.
3. Did my building pass or fail?
A building inspection is not pass or fail. We do not evaluate the cost of the property; you would need an appraiser for that. We give you an existing visual non-intrusive understanding of the building. Example: Your contract is $400,000 but the land is valued at $500,000. You may want to consider closing on the deal based on the land value even if we find several significant issues. We help you understand what you are purchasing but overall value can also a factor in your decision making process.
4. The report is huge! What do I make of it?
The report will be very long. It will have a cover sheet, table of contents, and a summary (with several pages of red comments.) Some of the comments are issues and others are items I want you to see. Example: a fire extinguisher in the front yard could potentially lower your insurance premiums.
You will also receive an inspection detail, followed by a main report with photos. The main report is very long and it is easy to view and often contains comments with the photos. This is the most important part of the inspection. Although it is very long, it will give you the greatest insight into the property you are planning to purchase.
5. What does your general inspection cover?
In general, the inspection is a visual non-exhaustive inspection of the property. Commercial inspections cover such items as handicap accessibility, differences in materials used, emergency lighting and exit signs. A commercial inspection is more involved and takes longer to complete.
Both Residential and Commercial cover the following: vegetation, drainage (surface, roof, gutters, downspouts, extensions, etc.), roof, wall covering, windows, doors, decks/patio, attic or roof system, structural system, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, water heater, bathrooms, residential kitchen (we do not inspect commercial kitchens), foundations, crawlspace (if accessible), stairs and handrails, signs of pests, attached garage, and the fireplace
6.What is your experience and certifications?
My experience began in the building industry in 1986. I began in framing and have built hundreds of commercial and residential properties. I hold a Residential/Commercial builders license for Georgia (RLCI001387), am a certified professional Inspector by InterNACHI (NACHI18021226), Certified Commercial Property Inspectors Association (CCPIA-000122), Dawson County Business License (LIC-9-21-31725), and many smaller certifications.
7. Can you recommend a company to complete any necessary repairs?
Because of a possible conflict of interest, I have signed a code of ethics with InterNACHI which requires that I not be involved in recommendations or repairs for a twelve-month period. Therefore, we do not recommend any companies or make repairs ourselves.
8. How long will the inspection take?
Most inspections take 4-8 hours depending on many factors, (commercial or residential and size, etc). We can inspect from the smallest to 8000 square feet per day depending on the situation. Even a 1000 square foot home may take 3-4 hours. A small home still has all the systems that a larger home has, and it must be inspected in much the same way. A warehouse has much more open space. It is possible to inspect up to 20,000 square feet a day during a commercial warehouse inspection.
9. How much will it cost?
Our website has a scheduling link. Click the link and there is a step-by-step self-led questionnaire. There is no salesperson and no pressure! Feel free to research on your own and/or make choices by reading the descriptions. When you complete the form, you will be given a quote which you can adjust according to your needs and budget.
10. How long will it take to receive the report?
Most reports are received the evening of the inspection. Occasionally, the report may come the following morning.
11. Will I be able to attend the inspection?
You are welcome to come along during the inspection. It is easier to understand in person than reading a report. Please be mindful that there may be moments throughout the day when we are entering data into the report and will need time to do so. This is to ensure that your report is as comprehensive as possible.
12. Do you participate in continuing education to keep your expertise up to date?
I am required to get 6 hours of continuing education every two years in order to keep my builder’s license. I am also required to get 25 hours of continuing education per year for my InterNACHI Certification. In truth, I normally get more than the requirement and have, at times, received in excess of 50 hours in a year. Because of this, I have received the Gary Beaumont Educational Achievement Award