WHAT IS A FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION?

 

By far, the most popular of the value-added services offered by OZ Home Inspections, is the ‘Follow-Up Inspection.’ But what is a follow-up inspection, exactly, and why is it worthwhile to to have an inspector revisit a home that he or she previously evaluated only a few weeks or months ago?

Very often, home inspection reports are used as a bargaining chip by homebuyers and their real estate agents to negotiate for the repair of deficiencies to a home that were not disclosed and not obvious to the buyers when their contingency offer was made and accepted.

For example, I recently inspected a house only six years old that I determined had defective double-pane window seals in almost every room – a burdensome expense that would have fallen on the buyers if I hadn’t brought the problem to their attention, before closing. I mentioned in my report – for the mutual benefit of the buyers and sellers alike – that the windows were possibly still under warrantee, which happily turned out to be the case. My follow-up inspection assured the buyers that all of the affected windows had been repaired and were functioning as intended, prior to the buyers taking possession of the home.

A follow-up inspection focuses on specific areas of concern that were identified in the original home inspection and were subsequently addressed. The buyer or agent typically provides a punch list of conditions that were negotiated for correction, and I go back to make sure the specified repairs, replacements, or/and maintenance issues were completed satisfactorily. I append notations to the original report, updating my observations and providing appropriate documentation.

Roof repairs, water heater replacements, the remediation of structural deterioration and settling – these are all other high-ticket expenses that I’ve recently helped homebuyers avoid by providing timely follow-up inspection services. It’s well worth the nominal ($125) charge for the service.

Oz is licensed (NC Lic. #3579), insured, certified by AHIT (American Home Inspectors Training) Institute, and has gone beyond state requirements to pass the National Home Inspectors Exam, used by 22 states to assess Home Inspector competence. We pride ourselves on the thoroughness and accuracy of our inspections. We take our time, on-site – like no other inspection service in the greater Fort Bragg market – and get the job done right.

Call Eric ‘Oz’ Schult at 910-876-7770 for an appointment, or email him at oz@ozhomeinspections.com.

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About Us

At OZ Home Inspections, we strive to provide would-be homeowners with an unbiased, independent and practical assessment of the overall condition of their future home, so that when they sign on that dotted line, they are doing so with a realistic understanding about what they are getting themselves into.

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‘Oz’ at work …

Our methodical approach to evaluating a property, and the technology we use to capture our observations, ensure a thorough report that fulfills the purpose and scope set forth in the North Carolina Home Inspector Standards of Practice.

Beyond that, however, our lead inspector is a professional communicator who can articulate in words, pictures and graphics a report tailored to the needs of its audience. We don’t use obscure acronyms and trade jargon, or make recommendations our clients will find confusing or unintelligible.

Also, we understand only too well that our reputation is on the line with every interaction – face-to-face, on the phone, via email, and within the context of our pre-inspection agreements and inspection reports. We take very seriously our partnership with our clients and their designated agents.

Eric ‘Oz’ Schult
Owner / Inspector
(NC LIC.# 3579)
OZ Home Inspections, LLC
oz@ozhomeinspections.com
910-876-7770

  • 25+ years professional experience overseeing plumbers, electricians, mechanics, HVAC technicians and maintenance workers;
  • Certified by industry-leading American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT);
  • Passed the National Home Inspector Examination®, used by 22 states to assess home inspector competence.
  • Licensed and insured to practice in North Carolina (NC LIC.#3579);
  • Lifelong practitioner and proponent for doing home improvements right.

 

 

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