My mother said, "You can go broke on bargains." How true that is.
Try to same a buck and you're likely to end up paying more in the end. All too often we at JMR are hired to follow up on other inspectors because missed something, questions were not addressed, advice was not given, or the "bargain" inspector didn't have enough knowledge to know what they were looking at. The home owner not only ended up paying twice for an inspection, but had they used JMR to start with they would have known about issues and brought that forward in their pre-purchase negotiations.
Many good home inspectors are out there. But there are some who pride themselves on low priced services. Ask yourself, "How are they able to do this for so much less?" It's simple, they give you what you pay for: the bare bones. What low-price, bargain inspections offer (more often than not) are the minimums, Sure, you'll get you the basic data, but that's all it is.
We want you to have the most information YOU need. That cost a bit more up front, but anything less could cost you thousands in the long run. We research the assessment records, consult with trades peoples, keep a cadre of advisors on retainer to bring their expertise to bare on the data we find in your house, have the field inspection data reviewed by a second inspector before sending out the report, send you our monthly newsletter with maintenance tips, give you direct access to our client care team, have radon, termite, sewer scoping, indoor air quality, mold services, no-cost post-inspection consultations, AND offer the repair estimate pricing so you have an idea of what it cost to repair the deficiencies discovered.
Keep in mind YOUR GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Hire the bargain inspection and get a "bargain" you're likely to regret. Here's an idea: ask your bargain inspector what their continuing education policy is. Most likely it is the state minimum of 12 hours every two years. Ask JMR and you'll find that we require 24 HOURS EVERY YEAR; that's FOUR TIMES the state minimum. Also, what is their professional affiliation? The majority of inspector ride the shirttails of others that participate and take leadership roles in the actual oversight of state licensing and the training of home inspectors. Who do you want? At JMR we are associated with the American Society of Home Inspectors, the national professional organization that holds the highest standards for home inspectors.
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