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Congratulations to Our 5 Master Home Inspectors

We at Inspect 360 are proud of our 5 Master Home Inspectors

 

What does it take to become a CMI?

According to InterNachi (the company who certifies inspectors), the process is one that takes time and requires a lot of the inspector seeking the designation:

Every Certified Master Inspector® must:

  1. have completed 1,000 fee-paid inspections and/or hours of education (combined);
  2. have been in the inspection business for at least three years;
  3. agree to abide by the inspection industry’s toughest Code of Ethics;
  4. agree to periodic criminal background checks

We’re the ONLY company in the Dallas Fort Worth Area to have 5 Certified Master Inspectors in a Home Inspection Company!!

Schedule your home inspection with us today!


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Purchasing an “As Is” Home? Do You Still Need an Inspection?

Some sellers – often, those working without an agent – want to sell their home “as is” so they don’t have to invest money fixing it up or take on any potential liability for defects.  There is nothing wrong with buying a home “as is,” particularly if you can buy it at a favorable price, but if you are considering buying an “as is” home, you should still hire a competent home inspector to perform an inspection.  There are several reasons for this.

First, you don’t know what “as is” is. Sure, you can walk through the home and get an idea of its general condition.  You may even spot some defects or items in obvious need of repair.  But you won’t obtain the same detailed information you will receive if you hire a home inspector.  Home inspectors are trained to look for things you are not likely to notice.  InterNACHI inspectors, for example, must follow InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice and check the roof, exterior, interior, foundation, basement, fireplace, attic, insulation, ventilation, doors, windows, heating system, cooling system, plumbing system, and electrical system for certain defects.  Armed with a home inspector’s detailed report, you will have a better idea of what “as is” means regarding that home, which means you’ll be in a better position to know whether you want to buy it.  You may also be able to use information from the home inspection to negotiate a lower price.  

Second, many states require the seller to provide you with written a disclosure about the condition of the property.  Sellers often provide little information, and a few even lie.  A home inspection can provide the missing information. If an inspector finds evidence that a seller concealed information or lied to you, that may be a sign that you don’t want to buy a home from that seller.

Finally, if you buy a home “as is” without hiring a home inspector and then later discover a defect, all is not lost.  A home inspector may be able to review the seller’s disclosure and testify as to what the seller knew or should have known about.  The inspector may find evidence that the seller made misrepresentations or concealed relevant information from you.  Even the seller of an “as is” home may be held liable for misrepresentation or concealment.

But the better choice, obviously, is to hire a home inspector first.  Remember:  The cost of a home inspection is a pittance compared to the price of the home.

Be an informed consumer, especially when buying an “as is” home, and hire an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector®.

Original Source: https://www.nachi.org/as-is.htm

 


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Start the New Year Organized! Save Time and Donate Using Your Amazon Boxes

“Wait?  What?  How does that work?”

Did you receive any Amazon boxes this holiday?  You can use them to donate!

“But Inspect360, how does that work?”

Well it’s very simple.

Let’s start at the very beginning…

 

Step 1:  Sort!

 

Sort Before You Donate

Once the New Year arrives, most families take down holiday decorations and store them for the following year–but too often, there’s a sense of “sling it in there and worry about it later” when it comes to putting away Christmas ornaments, holiday linens and outdoor lighting.

This year, pay it forward: sort and de-clutter holiday decorations, linens and specialty cooking items as you store them. Cut the non-working, the tattered, and the tired from the herd as you put away holiday decorations. Has-been decor items can be recycled or donated; stained linens can be re purposed as cleaning cloths.

Do you have large items that you would like to donate but don’t know how?

Step 2:  Donate!

 

Check out this video and instructions on how to donate through your already received Amazon boxes:

https://youtu.be/Xe6HiD8XRS4

How it works

1. Remove any lingering items from your Amazon delivery box — or any other old delivery box you might have.

2. Fill the delivery box with your unwanted household items — clothes, non-perishable food, etc. — but no liquids, ammunition, or fragile or otherwise-hazardous items. And stuff it fully.

3. Print a free shipping label from GiveBackBox.com and stick it on the box and just wait for your USPS carrier to pick it up! (You can also just take the box to a local UPS store, and they’ll do it all for you, if you don’t have a printer.)

A special tip: Don’t forget to ask for your tax-deductible receipt! It’s a donation and is treated as such by the IRS, as it should be.

Thanks thrillist.com for that great information.

Got Larger Items to Donate?

 

When You’ve Finished Sorting, Donate Your Access- and These Dallas Charities Will Pick Up Your Furniture and Other Large Items!

Dallas / Fort Worth Donation Pick Ups

 

Do you have large items that you are looking to donate, but don’t have the means to transport or are you just short on time?  There are several non-profits in our area that will pick up your donations.

Arlington Urban Ministries (Arlington)-Pick up is available for furniture donations, please call 817-795-6379 for more information.  Your donations help needy families in the Arlington area.

Brighter Tomorrows (Grand Prairie)-They need working household appliances including HD-Ready TV’s, or furniture that is not broken or has no stains or torn upholstery. Brighter Tomorrows does not have the capability to maintain or repair items. Due to Health Department regulations they are unable to accept mattresses.   They cannot accept computers or computer peripherals and televisions.  Furniture pickups available – call 972.254.4003.

Center for Transforming Lives (formerly the YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County) (Fort Worth)-Pick up is available for large items, call 817-377-0664 to schedule a pick up.

Christian Community Action (Lewisville, Flower Mound, Carrollton, The Colony)-To schedule a pick up you can use their on-line form or call 972-219-4304, your donations help the needy in our area.

Community Enrichment Center (North Richland Hills)-For large items (gently used furniture and/or working washers & dryers): Call 817-281-1164 x110 to arrange a free pick up of your donation. The pickup area is limited to Tarrant County and appointments are scheduled Monday-Friday.

Community Storehouse (Keller)-They offer donation pickup for gently used furniture. For questions, or to schedule a pickup, please call their office at 817-431-3340.  They will pickup donations between Interstate 820 and Hwy 114 and east to west from Hwy 287 to Hwy 26.

Closing the Gap (Fort Worth)-They are able to pick up any donations that they are in need of.  Please, no large appliances or furniture.  Contact Shannon Kneeland at 817-438-8887 or sk@dynamicedusvc.com to arrange pickup.

Interfaith Housing Coalition (Dallas)-Pick ups are on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month and you must schedule a pick up time.  To schedule a pick up email donations@ihcdallas.org.  Please include in your message your name, day-time phone number, the address of pick-up, and items you have for pick up.    A primary furniture item, such as couch, table, or bed is required for all pick-up donations. If you are unsure of what qualifies, please contact them at donations@ihcdallas.org or at (469) 828-1812.  Items with large tears, stained, or not on their list will not be accepted.  Interfaith reserves the right to refuse items not needed.

Lancaster Outreach Center (Lancaster)-Only large items will be collected, clothes will be accepted if picking up large donation that will not fit in a car.  Area served is Southwest Dallas County and Northern Ellis County, call 972-227-5117 for pick up.

LifeSavers Foundation (Richardson and Irving)-Pick up is available for large furnishings, please call their resale store to schedule a pick up.  Richardson-972-669-9000, Irving-972-252-9000.  You can make an on-line request for pickup here.  Your donation helps pregnant women become self sufficient.

SafeHaven of Tarrant County(Fort Worth/Arlington)-Furniture, large appliances, and other large items are greatly appreciated.  To schedule a pick up call 817-921-5898.

Salvation Army (Dallas/Fort Worth)-Call 1-800-SA-Truck for pick up of large items.

Samaritan House (Fort Worth)-Pick up can be provided for large items, contact Elvira Munoz at 817-332-6410 for more information.

The Family Place (Dallas)-Contact 214-358-0381 for pick-ups.  Everything is accepted except for pianos, TVs, mattresses/box springs, drop down cribs, Christmas trees, and large appliances.  No second floor pick ups.

World Relief Fort Worth (Fort Worth)-If you would like to schedule a donation pick-up please contact Anthony Campbell at 817-915-8912 or email him at acampbell@wr.org.  They don’t take mattresses, bed frames, or clothes (except coats).

Thanks to http://givinggoodsdfw.com/ for that awesome list!


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Things to Prepare for the Home Inspector

home inspectorMany homeowners may not initially like the idea, but in truth and in fact it would be best to get to know the basic things to consider to prepare for home inspectors.

While some people consider home inspectors as portents of doom, realistically, they are actually your next best friends in ensuring you get the value for your money when investing in a home.

Many states in America observe federal legislation requiring house properties up for sale to go through a home inspection process conducted by a licensed professional home inspector or home inspection service.

It’s the state that usually requires the home seller to prepare a standard home owner’s property disclosure report on the current condition of the house.

So the best advise would be to not hide any perceived problem that you think may reveal some problems with the home set-up, fixture or need for repair.

Do take note that home inspectors are experts in their field of endeavor and they are the ones who could provide the best advise when it comes to solutions and alternatives to what they find could be a cause for concern. If a home inspector should advise to have your real estate agent represent you at the inspection always make sure to be as transparent and truthful as possible or if you must be present at the inspection, always make it a point answer questions that the inspector may ask honestly and truthfully.

This is primarily so that the home inspector will not become suspicious with the actual status or condition of the home that is being inspected. Never ever attempt to conceal or hide any defects that you are aware about and allow the inspector to take his or her time in inspecting the house. Avoid from asking too many questions regarding the condition of the home while in the process of the examination or arguing with the debating the inspector about comments or remarks you only get to overhear.

Allow the inspector to take the time to do the inspection and never prevent the inspector from asking to look at any area of the home as deemed necessary.

On average, a standard sized home usually takes about two hours for the home inspection. The bigger and more complex the home, the longer time it takes to go through the home inspection process.

Prior to the inspection process, make sure that all exterior doors are easily accessible, as well as all door locks are operable.

Another important area the inspector will want to make sure to go through would be the house’s electrical system and the inspector may need to remove the cover on the electric service panel to examine the electrical system, so be sure that the panel is accessible and that the cover easily removed. Every other area of the home must be made accessible, particularly the utility room areas. This is also not limited to access basement crawl spaces and attic crawl spaces.

If access to the attic crawl space is through a walk-in closet, the inspector will request for the closet door to be opened. Every home inspector understands that the examination process is an intrusion into the privacy of your home and will always conduct himself in the most professional and courteous decorum to make the experience as civil, decent and professional as possible.

So make sure to be aware of the things to consider to prepare for home inspectors to make the process a pleasant, rather than a troubling experience.

Click the following link to learn how to make your home inspector’s job easier.


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Choosing the Right Home Inspector

Choosing the Right Home Inspector

 

home inspection dallas, dallas home inspectors, how to become a home inspector in texas, home inspectors dallas, texas home inspection, home inspectors fort worth texas, dallas home inspections, dallas home inspection, home inspections dallas, home inspector dallasIf you are selling or buying a home, then getting a home inspector would be to your great advantage. A home inspector checks and evaluates a home if it has met the requirements of local codes and ordinances regarding housing and infrastructure. Aside from that, a home inspector also evaluates the different utility system in the house you would purchase or sell. However, you must be aware for the areas commonly missed out by home inspectors.

Inspectors would then make a comprehensive report of the structural status of a house; sometimes realtors would base the selling price of homes in these reports. Buyers on the other hand would prefer to get home inspectors to make sure that they would be getting a good deal out of the purchase.

About 77 % of homeowners and home buyers are said to get home inspector assistance in 2001. If getting a home inspector is this crucial in buying or selling a house, then what should we consider when choosing the best home inspector out there?

Of course, inspector qualification is important. You would have to be sure that the home inspector you are getting would meet all the certification requirements stated by the laws and regulations of your state or province. Getting good training and certification are not only the assurances that you would need when looking for a home inspector. They may have gotten top training, but they may lack experience. Experience is also a very important factor.

You could ask for some of their sample home inspection report. There are differ home inspection services offered which you can check about their experiences. You can check on their reports if they are reporting facts or are actually reporting useless information which is not valuable in home evaluation.

Checking references or past clients would also provide you an insight or understanding on how the home inspectors would operate. You could also take a look in their background like home inspection business history, availability and flexibility, length of inspection, references of previous inspection, and other ancillary services offered.

Home inspectors would also use several equipments when evaluating the house. Make sure that you would have a basic idea on what these equipments would be. Home inspectors would check the inside and outside of the house. So make sure that you are prepared for that, they could check plumbing, heating and cooling systems, roofs, electrical wiring, and the basement.

If inspectors would just bring a flashlight during the inspection, then consider getting them. Home inspectors should be taking advantage of the new technologies and equipments.

After considering the qualifications, experiences, and other aspects, the last thing that you would have to consider is the price. There are home inspectors who would actually be offering lower service fees than others. Usually, the best inspectors are not the most cost-efficient. If you really want to have the best service, you would usually have to pay thousands of dollars. To get the better end of the bargain, make sure that you analyze the weak and strong points of each home inspector.

Average fee for a home inspector would be between $350 to $500, there would be times when the service would cost $1,000. But take in mind that the information that the home inspector would be providing you can be the turning point in selling you home in a good price.

 

To Get The Most Comprehensive Home Inspection In the Dallas Area, Give Us A Call Today (972) 652-0360 or Click Here To Schedule Online Now!

 


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