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January 24, 2008

A home inspection is probably one of the most important services used in property transactions today. Although the process is very exciting, it quickly becomes overwhelming. While the home you have selected may appear to be just what you’re looking for, how can you be sure there aren’t potentially serious unknown defects which can make your investment in your future a costly one. Having your new home professionally inspected by our company as early as possible in the buying process can save you thousands of dollars on items which you may be able to have the seller or builder correct.

Sellers depend on an accurate home inspection to maximize their knowledge of the property in order to make intelligent decisions before executing an agreement for sale or purchase. For homeowners, an inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn about preventive measures, which might help avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, an inspection prior to placing your home on the market provides a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector, and provides you an opportunity to make repairs that will make your home more desirable to potential buyers.

Are you building a new home? Property inspections throughout the building process are vital. For example, a foundation inspection before the concrete is poured, so that we can check the reinforcing steel and the slab thickness, an inspection after framing and rough-in of the electrical and plumbing systems and before installation of the sheetrock and insulation as well as a final walk through with the builder could save time and costly repairs later on. Schedule an on-site consultation anytime during the construction process. The inspector will also be available to talk with you about any concerns or problems you have during the entire building process, while printed reports will be provided at the time of the inspection for both you and your builder.

Our company is dedicated to providing you with valuable information about your new home. We thoroughly inspect all major components of the subject property to expose unknown defects, and advise you about future maintenance about your home once the purchase is complete. Our company will give you the information you require to make an informed decision.

In The Closet Of Course

October 19, 2005

Bob Kille Acuspect Home InspectionIf you’re in this business long enough you’ll pile up a few good stories like the one that follows.

As usual, I arrive on the job 20 minutes early and find that the realtor is already there with the front door open. As I’m walking up the sidewalk I notice a weird look on her face, possibly anxiety I’m thinking.

Wrong, it was fear. Apparently the car in the drive wasn’t supposed to be there, nor was the wine and cheese on the kitchen counter as this was a brand new home, never lived in.

She had arrived just minutes before me and had heard noises, to scared to check it out she immediately asked me take a tour of the house. Well, it turns out that the master bedroom door was locked and after knocking softly with no response I gave it a good whollping. This had some effect as the door opened and a gentlemen with messed up hair stood there and asked what I wanted.

I replied that I was a home inspector with an appointment to inspect the property. Oh, he says. Is it that time already? I’ll just finish up and get out of your way.

The realtor and I waited in the kitchen for a few minutes trying to figure out who he could possibly be and what he’s doing there. Didn’t take long to find out who he was as when he came into the kitchen the realtor recognized him right away as one of her doctors. This was one of his investment properties. The real surprise was right on his coat tails, his secretary announced her presence and sashayed out the door.

The master bedroom closet contained a large sleeping bag and a comforter spread out on the floor. Who’d of thought? Here’s the funny part.

When the clients arrived a little later, we were all standing in the kitchen and the wife says to the husband, “Honey? Where would you put the secretary?” As you could imagine the realtor and I just busted out laughing and then told them the story.

Copyright © 2005 by Bob Kille. To read other home inspection related articles or to view home inspection software and book publications by Mr. Kille, click on this link. www.inspectorsuccess.com

Only In America

June 17, 2005

Bob Kille Acuspect Home InspectionI read this the other day in a home inspection trade rag and thought I’d share it with you.

A Charlotte, NC lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, and then insured them against fire, among other things. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the lawyer filed claim against the insurance company.

In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost in a series of small fires. The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The lawyer sued…and WON!

In delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer “held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be anacceptable fire” and was obligated to pay the claim. Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the rare cigars lost in the “fires.”

NOW FOR THE BEST PART… After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was
sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This is a true story and was the First Place winner in the recent Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.


Copyright © 2005 by Bob Kille. To read other home inspection related articles or to view home inspection software and book publications by Mr. Kille, click on this link. www.inspectorsuccess.com