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Home inspectors are not created equal.  As with any profession: medicine, mechanics, teaching, parenting, you name it some practitioners inevitably outshine others. With fledgling industries such as home inspection, the disparity is all the more glaring.  To aid in choosing a qualified home inspector, interview each prospect, using the following criteria:

Compare us against other inspectors view our sample reports and other inspectors reports of the same home at www.inspectorpaul.com/sampleinspectionreport.html

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Inspector Paul is the only home inspector in the Greater Charlotte, NC area to win the Angie's List Super Service Award in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

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1) Professional Affiliation: In most states, the only home inspector standards are those enacted by professional associations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and similar state organizations. Membership requires adherence to strict standards of practice and participation in ongoing education. When you choose a home inspector, specify membership in one of these recognized guilds.  Beware of those who claim adherence to these standards without being members.  Since the mid-1970's, ASHI’s continual focus has been four-fold:

    1. To establish standards of practice, defining what constitutes a thorough inspection;
    2. To enforce a code of ethics, regulating professional conduct among inspectors;
    3. To mandate ongoing education for all member inspectors, ensuring that inspector performance will continually improve;
    4. To raise public awareness of the standards and benefits of home inspection.

There are several well intentioned home inspection associations across the country, but ASHI is the only association I know of that requires proof of actual documented home inspection experience prior to listing an individual as "certified" or a "member".  Paul King is a North Carolina Licensed Home Inspector, South Carolina Licensed Home Inspector, North Carolina Licensed Residential & Commercial General Contractor, American IAQ Council-Council Certified Indoor Environmentalist, ESA-Certified Mold Inspector, NEHA-Certified Radon Measurement Provider, ASHI Member, NCLHIA Member, & PAHI-President.

2) Inspection Experience: Home inspectors are often perceived as general contractors who happen to inspect homes.  This view underlies an essential misunderstanding of the home inspection process.  Although building knowledge is essential to a home inspector, construction itself has little or no relation to the skills of forensic investigation.  A home inspector is primarily a property detective who observes and ascertains defects.  In as much as a traffic patrolman is not a crime detective, home inspectors should be viewed as distinct from other contracting professionals.  The average apprenticeship for a home inspector is approximately 500-1000 inspections.  Numerous contractors, builders, and construction trades people have and continue to call me to perform inspections of the homes they are buying because they know a full time experienced home inspector will perform a much better inspection than they can.  Professional athletes study, learn, practice, and play every day to stay on top of their game and get better.  Tiger Woods did not become the number one golfer in the world with out years of hard work and he does not stay where he is with out continually striving to get better. 

Paul King is a full time home inspectorwho has performed thousands of home inspections.  I perform only two inspections per day (one when it is a large home).  Some cheaper priced inspectors rush inspections to do more inspections and earn more money.  I do not rush.

3) Knowledge of Building Codes: While the primary focus of a home inspection is not code compliance, many property defects often have their basis in code-related standards.  This is where a General Contractor background can be extremely beneficial to a home inspector.

As a licensed general contractor, I know North Carolina Building Code and International Residential Code and apply that knowledge to my inspections.

4) Sample Inspection Report: The proof is in the product: I have posted several real inspection reports I have written for you to view (I have made some minor changes to protect all parties involved in that inspection).  The best format should be not only detailed and comprehensive, but easily interpreted, making a clear distinction between defective building conditions and "boiler plate" verbiage.  Some reports are so encumbered with maintenance recommendations and liability disclaimers, that pertinent information about the property is obscured.  A quality report lets defect disclosure stand out distinctly, in contrast with less pertinent data.  My reports are typewritten, include color photos, and easily understood by most people.  I am more than happy to discuss my findings with you after the inspection as well.  You can view my sample reports at http://www.inspectorpaul.com/sampleinspectionreport.html 

5) Let the Choice Be Yours: When choosing a home inspector, don't necessarily rely on others. The final selection should be your own. New and inexperienced inspectors often obtain professional recommendations, regardless of competence or lack thereof. You want the most meticulous, detailed inspector available -- the one who will save you from costly surprises after the close of escrow.  The best inspectors are often labeled as "Deal Killers" or "Deal Breakers." Someone with this reputation is likely to provide comprehensive consumer protection.  Almost 10% of the inspections I perform are for Realtors (who are buying a home for themselves, Realtors family members, mortgage brokers, and/or local contractors/builders that have seen my reports as well as numerous other home inspection reports.  These people know the difference in quality and thoroughness between home inspectors and they want the best for their home.

6) Avoid Price Shopping: Inspection fees vary widely. The price of a quality inspection is typically between $400 and $700 for an average size home. Lower fees should be regarded with suspicion, as they often identify those who are new to the business or who spend insufficient time performing the inspection. A home is the most expensive commodity you are likely to purchase in a lifetime. One defect missed by your inspector could cost 100 times what you save with a bargain inspection. The best method of price shopping is to shop for quality.  Sometimes being penny wise can also be pound foolish.  There is often truth in the statement “You get what you pay for.”  I am not the cheapest home inspector nor am I the most expensive.  I will provide you with a thorough, professional, detail oriented home inspection.

Saving a few dollars on a home inspection can cost you many times over.

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Call: Paul King

704-467-7328 (INSPECT)

1820 Sunnyside Ave. Charlotte, NC 28204

& 201 Tom Hall St. #236 Fort Mill, SC 29715

704-307-2537-Fax

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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