Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Home Inspections 101

This video, excerpted from a TV show broadcast recently in Kansas City, answers many of your questions about home inspections, from choosing an inspector to what you can expect from your inspection.

First-time buyer, repeat buyer, seller, or real estate agent, you'll learn the basics of your home inspection and the importance of including a home inspection in your home buying process. Any further questions? Give us a call at Complete Home Inspection, 913-268-0222. Whole house inspections, radon testing, mold testing, educating you about your new home, and more, we can do it all for you.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Home Buyers Incentives

It's very exciting that so many incentives are available to so many home buyers now and for the next several months. It's a great time for you to buy, and a great time to have that new property inspected by Complete Home Inspection so that you'll know the condition of the property BEFORE you buy.

First-time home buyers have a deadline now of having a binding contract signed by the end of April 2010 and closing on the property by the beginning of July 2010 in order to qualify for the tax credit.

And, if you've owned a house for at least five consecutive years out of the past eight years, you may be eligible for a credit, too.

Don't miss out on these incentives to make that purchase now. And always make certain to include an inspection by Complete Home Inspection in the purchase process. Whole house inspections, radon testing, mold testing, and more, we can do it all for you. 913-268-0222.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Home Buyer Incentives

Take advantage of having the home buyer incentive extended and expanded. First-time home buyers have had their incentive extended beyond the end of this month, its original cut-off date. And, the incentive program has been expanded to include other home buyers, depending on how long it's been since you last bought a home.

So, as you take advantage of this opportunity to save some serious money on your home purchase, make sure that you include an inspection from Complete Home Inspection as part of the process. Find out exactly what condition the property is in at the time of the inspection. Get the peace of mind that comes from knowing what you're buying. And learn all about your potential new home, its systems and its features.

Why wait? Take advantage of the government programs that apply to your situation, and take advantage of your opportunity to find out everything about your prospective home. Call today to schedule your inspection, 913-268-0222. Whole house inspections, radon testing, mold testing and more, we do it all for you.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

First-Time Home Buyers Incentive Extension?

There's been a lot of talk about the Federal government extending the First-Time Home Buyers $8,000 incentive beyond the end of November. So far, it's just talk, though. Why wait, and risk missing out?

When you are buying your first home, make certain that you include Complete Home Inspection in the process. You'll learn all about your new house. You'll get a complete inspection of the condition of the property so that you'll know what you're getting into. And, you'll learn many things about what you'll face as a home owner in terms of maintenance, upkeep, and how to use the various appliances and systems in your new house.

Call today to schedule your Complete Home Inspection, 913-268-0222. You'll get the peace of mind that comes from knowing the condition of the property. And peace of mind can be hard to come by when buying your first home. Whole house inspections, radon testing, mold testing, and more, we can do it all for you. It's one of the best investments you can make when you're buying your first home.

Friday, October 2, 2009

First-time home buyers

Make certain that you take advantage of your First-Time Home Buyer incentive available through the end of November. With $8,000 just waiting for you to claim it, why not? Most of our clients lately have been first-time buyers, and the incentive is what got them to take the plunge.

The great thing about having your inspection done by Complete Home Inspection is that you learn so much about your new house. You learn how to use the appliances, systems, and other features of the house. You learn maintenance tips and tricks. And you learn exactly what condition the property is in at the time of the inspection so that you'll know exactly what it is that you're buying.

Money can be tight when you're buying your first home, but with the $8,000 incentive, consider your reasonably priced home inspection from Complete Home Inspection to be one of your better investment decisions.

Call today to schedule your Complete Home Inspection, 913-268-0222. Whole house inspections, radon testing, mold testing, and more, we can do it all for you. Don't miss out on the First-Time Home Buyers incentive.

Friday, September 4, 2009

"Move In" special extended

Because of the response in August to our "Move In" special on rental property inspections, the special has been extended through September. Call for details, 913-268-0222.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

August Move-In Special

Watch this video for details on Rental Property Inspections, then call to find out about the August Move-In Special, 913-268-0222.


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Monday, August 3, 2009

Rental Property Inspections

Call us today to schedule your Rental Property Inspection. Families are relocating prior to the beginning of school and college students are moving into their new digs prior to the beginning of classes. Your Rental Property Inspection by Complete Home Inspection gives you peace of mind, as an owner/manager or as a renter, whether it's a house, condo, townhome, or apartment. And, consider adding a mold test to check for hidden damages and health hazards.

For landlords/managers, it gives you independent, third party documentation of the condition of the property before or after leasing, a great way to help protect your investment. Your inspection also documents normal versus abnormal wear and tear when done both before and after a tenant's lease.

For renters, it's a great way to ensure that you don't overlook something when you fill out your damage list and then end up getting charged for a pre-existing condition when you move out. You have so many other things on your mind, let us handle the thorough inspection you need to do to protect yourself. Also, we can take you through the property and explain how to use the various appliances and systems you'll be living with.

Whether you're the landlord or the tenant, you'll receive a written report, with pictures, that includes repair and maintenance recommendations.

Call today to schedule your Rental Property Inspection, 913-268-0222. Whole house inspections, radon testing, mold testing, and more, we can do it all for you. Complete Home Inspection.

Monday, July 27, 2009

It all adds up

As Complete Home Inspection completes its 17th year of serving the area with professional and thorough home inspections, we're closing in on 10,000 satisfied customers. A fun trend to watch is the number of repeat customers we've enjoyed serving over the years.

Some had us inspect their current home years ago when they moved in and hired us again to do their next home as they upgraded or downsized. Some hired us when they bought their home, and hired us again when their children bought homes. And some saw us inspect the home they were selling, and then hired us to inspect the home they were buying. There must be a reason so many keep coming back when they need us.

You can put our experience to work for you when you call today to schedule your appointment, 913-268-0222. Complete Home Inspection. The numbers 17 and 10,000 add up to peace of mind for you when you're buying or selling a home.

Monday, July 20, 2009

When selling your home...

A great sales tool is to have your home inspected BEFORE you put it on the market. That gives your prospective buyers the peace of mind that comes from knowing the condition of your home at the time of the inspection. It may save them money since they won't need to have the property inspected themselves. It makes your disclosure form very complete and detailed. And, it may be the difference that helps them choose your house instead of the others they've looked at. Watch this...

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Monday, July 13, 2009

"What about a new house?"

It's easy to think that a newly constructed house doesn't need to be inspected before you buy it. It's brand new, right? Well, here are a couple of things to consider. First, you might hire us to inspect the house DURING the construction to keep an eye on the progress and catch problems as they occur, making them easier for the builder to fix. Or, as most often happens, hire us to inspect the property as you do your final walk-through. We see things you're not trained to look for, and can save you a lot of time, hassle and irritation.

Examples? In one new house, we filled the whirlpool bathtub in the master bath as part of the inspection. When we drained it, and the water ran out all over the bathroom floor and flooded the rooms underneath, we discovered that the tub's drain pipe hadn't been connected to anything. In another new house, we were able to determine that the control wire for the furnace had been connected to the doorbell instead of the house's thermostat. A couple of weeks into your first winter in the house, you'd wonder why the house only felt comfortable when the pizza guy rang the doorbell.

One more horror story for you, a new house's kitchen garbage disposal worked beautifully, once it was plugged in. No power cord had been connected to the unit until we figured out what the problem was. While warranties may protect you, the time lost, the inconvenience and the frustration you'll experience can only be handled by getting a Complete Home Inspection for your new property.

Call today to schedule your inspection, 913-268-0222. Whole house inspections, radon testing, mold testing, and termite inspections, we can do it all for you.

Monday, July 6, 2009

"Big or small, we do them all..."

You might wonder if the size of the home you're buying makes a difference when it comes to hiring an inspector. Well, it doesn't make a difference to us. Just in the past month, our company inspected a $1 million-plus mansion off Ward Parkway in Kansas City that featured six bedrooms, five baths, five fireplaces, two kitchens, three central air conditioning units and three boilers for heating. We also inspected a one bedroom, one bathroom home on a crawlspace that listed for around $40,000. Each house had its own issues and unique characteristics, but each got the same careful, complete home inspection. That's what we do. Why? Because each home we inspect has been carefully chosen by our client. It's the home they have decided they want to buy, making perhaps the biggest purchase decision of his or her life to this point. Since it's so important to you, it's very important to us. And, since it's so important to you, make certain you find out what all you can about the house before you buy.

Call today to schedule your inspection, 913-268-0222. We can handle your needs for radon testing, mold testing, and termite inspections, as well.

Monday, June 29, 2009

"Hey, we've got waterfront property now!"

The rains so far this year in Kansas City, especially our most recent downpours, may have you suddenly living "on the water" as your basement became wet.

The best ways to combat a wet basement are to clean out your house's gutters and to grade the dirt against your foundation so that it slopes away from the house.

As your gutters fill with leaves, seed pods, and other debris, they overflow during a hard rainfall instead of draining as intended. That puts an unusually heavy downpour of water right near the foundation of the house. As that water soaks into the ground, it can easily find any cracks that might be in the foundation wall and then find its way into your basement. Sadly, in the Spring and in the Fall, you may need to clean your gutters every few weeks to keep them flowing smoothly.

Adding fill dirt up against your foundation and gradually sloping it away from the house encourages the water to settle elsewhere, out in the yard, where it doesn't do any harm. The amount of fill dirt you'll need will vary according to your yard. To avoid attracting termites and causing wood rot, the dirt shouldn't touch wood siding. But, make sure that it creates enough of a slope so that the water will easily flow downhill and away from your basement.

Call today to schedule an inspection for your property, 913-268-0222. Radon testing, mold testing, and termite inspections available, too.

Monday, June 22, 2009

"This house makes me sick!"

Mold is everywhere when we get our Spring rains in Kansas City, but you really don’t want the mold INSIDE your house. Whether it’s the house you currently live in or one you’re thinking of buying, call to schedule a mold test for the health of your family. A recent documentary on the BBC chronicled a family of five where each family member suffered from respiratory problems, headaches, chronic fatigue and other health issues. The cause was simply the mold in their house. Once the mold was eliminated, so were their health problems.

When we test for mold, we look for visible mold to sample and we also check the air in the house for invisible mold spores. The key is to find the cause of the mold. Mold needs moisture to grow, so we look for moisture entry points like leaky roofs, basements, or water pipes, anything that could add moisture to a mold problem.

Having a mold test done, perhaps along with your home inspection, gives you added peace of mind for your family’s health and safety. Call today to schedule your inspection and/or mold test, 913-268-0222. Whole house inspections, radon testing, and mold testing, we can do it all for you.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Deck Inspections

A backyard deck is the perfect place to enjoy summer evenings in Kansas City, but make sure you get the peace of mind that only comes from having your deck inspected by Complete Home Inspection. A recent deck collapse during a bridal shower in the St. Louis area put four women in the hospital. Your deck itself could be structurally strong, but could pull away from the house depending on how it was attached to the house's ledger.

Since your deck is outside 24/7/365, the wood deteriorates and the fasteners lose their integrity. And, with the snow and ice we had last winter, your deck may have sustained some stress damage. Get your deck inspected, fix any problems, and then enjoy your summer of fun with some peace of mind.

Call today to schedule your inspection, 913-268-0222. Whole house inspections, radon testing, mold testing, and of course, deck inspections, we can do it all for you.

Monday, June 1, 2009

What do you get when you hire Complete Home Inspection to go to work for you? Watch this...

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Call to schedule your inspection today, 913-268-0222. Whole house, radon testing, mold testing, we can do it all for you, Complete Home Inspection.