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Extremely thorough and helpful

“We used Tim both before closing on our home and again before our 1 year warranty expired and he was great to work with. Not only was he always right on time and able to schedule soon after reaching out, his reports were extremely thorough and helpful when meeting with our builder. We are so glad we chose Tim as we always felt he had our best interest in mind.”

Amanda Shelly - Austin

Very valuable service

“Tim’s inspection and complete and detailed report about our new house prior to the drywall going up has been very valuable to us. His inspection found a lot of things that builder missed. I just wanted to say thank you for your professional, insightful, and very thorough job. I will definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a home inspector.”

Michael Huber - Leander

The best inspector

“Tim is by far the most thorough and knowledgeable inspector I have ever dealt with, and I have dealt with a lot of them. Just want to say you are the best inspector I have ever hired - we will use you again.”

Gustav O'Keiff - Austin

Your attention to detail

“Tim is the absolute best home inspector in central Texas. My wife and I were truly impressed with your services. Your attention to detail was impressive and your quality of work shows during our walk through and in your report. Thank you so much for all your hard work. I will pass your name and number to anyone who needs your services.”

Michael Hankemeier - Georgetown

Very impressive inspection

“I thought the inspection was very thorough, and it gave us a guideline of what to look for and point out for our pre-close walkthrough of the house. Our builder even remarked that there were several things on the list that he would've missed unless you'd pointed them out. We were overall very impressed.”

James Bowers - Round Rock

Return on your investment

“We want to thank you for the great job you did on our inspection. We were able to get $1600 in relief and repairs, a 200% return on our investment!”

Steve Sutton - Lakeway

Worth every penny

“You were thorough and thoughtful in your work. I would highly recommend you without any reservations. We appreciate your help very much. I now feel so much better about the house. I will pass your name on to as many of my friends and family as possible!”

Kimberly O’Malley - Spicewood

Extraordinary service

“We were delighted with your service and expedience! You can definitely count on our recommendation to others in the future. I must say, you are very thorough with your work and your professionalism is unmatched.”

Maurice Khollman - Austin

Professional and thorough

“You were very professional and extremely thorough which made us feel more at ease in purchasing our new home. We are very grateful to our friends for recommending you to us. You did a great job and we are very thankful.”

Burks Bauerlein - Leander

A pleasure to work with

“I love your attitude, your approach, and your professionalism, and am thoroughly grateful to my friend for recommending you to me. I too will recommend you without hesitation.”

Kirsten Schneider - Austin

  • Recent News

A New Location

Georgetown, TX - I have recently moved from Lakeway to the Georgetown/Round Rock area. I will still be servicing all of Austin and surrounding areas. However, far south areas of Buda and Kyle will be outside of my normal service area now.

A New Look

Georgetown, TX - I am excited to introduce a new logo and fresh website with a new look and new colors.

Home Inspection Blog Post

DollarStretcher.com - Debra Karplus discusses three reasons for having a home inspection.

Jun 9, 2014 The Dollar Stretcher: Should I Get a Home Inspection?

The National Association of Realtors states that 77% of home buyers pay for a home inspection before purchasing a house. There are perhaps three reasons to have a home inspection, reasons why it is definitely worth it to spend money on a home inspection. First, the potential buyers of a house are prudent to have the home inspected and can request that problems to be fixed before closing the deal on the house.

A second situation when a home inspection might be smart is when you are about to put your house on the market to sell. If you suspect some things with you house might become the deal breakers, or might cause offers to come in for thousands of dollars less than your asking price, it is probably money well spent for you, the seller, to have a home inspection and have some of the necessary repairs performed before a "For Sale" sign appears on your lawn.

If you have lived in your home for a long time with no immediate plans to move, you likely have never even thought about a home inspection. You probably didn't even have one when you bought your present home, 30 or so years ago. But staying in your current house and doing some repairs is almost always cheaper than moving to a different house. Maybe some of your electrical or plumbing are out of date and perhaps there are better options these days that are more energy efficient or eco-friendly. A third reason for a home inspection is that a professional home inspection might help you to make affordable decisions about upgrades and maintenance in your current home to allow you to live there for many more happy years.

Who should do your home inspection? Certainly you have a scrutinizing eye for detail and you know your home and its maintenance history very well. Couldn't you inspect your own house? Maybe you have a relative who does construction and would come over and assess your house for free. Is that a reasonable option? The carpenter who repaired your wood soffit may have made some suggestions of some work that your house needed and could do an inspection. Why not?

Those are nice options, but if you are truly committed to having a proper and thorough home inspection, you should do it the correct way and hire a certified home inspector. The American Society of Home Inspectors trains and certifies experts to do home inspections in the same way that standards are set for plumbers and electricians. Take a look at their website to learn more about home inspections and the people who perform them.

A home inspection done properly will not address local code issues, but rather will visually assess your house from bottom to top and will produce measurements, drawings, photographs and a report. The inspector will look at your home's foundation and roof and everything in between, such as heating and air conditioning, plumbing and electric. To find a home inspector that you would like to work with, ask friends or neighbors for recommendations. Expect the inspection to take approximately one to two hours, depending on the size of the house and how thorough an inspection you request. And, plan to be at the house for the home inspector, not only to let them into the house, but to watch them do their work and to ask important questions.

What does a professional home inspection cost? A woman preparing to sell her turn-of-the-century (1900s) home in Urbana, Illinois recently paid $400 to have an inspector recommend some work to be done on flaws that might interfere with the sale of the house. A man who just purchased an older home in Brattleboro, Vermont spent $450 for his home inspection. A couple who bought a townhouse in Culver City, California paid only $250 for their inspectors, a reduced price due to an online coupon that they used. All of these people stated that they were pleased with the home inspection process from the professionals that they hired.

There are several factors that influence price variations of home inspections. Costs vary geographically. Age of the home is a factor as well. Also, larger homes cost more to inspect than smaller ones, which makes sense as there is more square footage to inspect. Home inspections that are more thorough will, of course, cost more money. If you want to have the home checked for radon levels, for example, expect to pay more for the inspection. For less than $500, a home inspection may indeed be money well spent. Check it out!

Debra is an occupational therapist, accountant, teacher and freelance writer. She is a writer for Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. She also writes for Grand Magazine and has some items (fiction and non fiction) selling on Amazon.com (kindle). Learn more about her at DebraKarplus.blogspot.com.

For more information, please visit The Dollar Stretcher.

New Look For The Website

Austin, TX - I am proud to present this new and updated appearance for the EREI website. The layout presents users with a more friendly navigation, easy, quick action buttons, modern graphics, and utilizes more up-to-date, XHTML compliant coding techniques, Java, and form submittal capabilities.

The design and implementation is a collaborative effort between me and Scott Howard with NviZioN Media in Gainesville, GA.

If you need a website or graphic designer, I highly recommend working with Scott. For more information, please visit NviZioN Media.

For Your Peace Of Mind

Austin, TX - Clients can now have even more assurance: I am fully insured for both General Liability and Errors and Omissions. This coverage exceeds the State of Texas minimum requirements. Some inspectors who carry E&O insurance do so specifically because errors are inherent in their approach to inspecting. For me, having insurance coverage, is not to say that I am any less concerned about protecting your interests--I believe I am even more so. My inspection approach has never been one to rely on insurance to pay claims as a business practice. Although I am not perfect, I aim to avoid claims by taking my time, doing my best, and eliminating damage, oversights, and errors.

For more information, please visit Insurance Requirements.

On the Radio

Atlanta, GA - Clark Howard, consumer advocate and national radio personality, discusses having a pre-listing home inspection before selling your house.

Aug 29, 2007 Show Notes: Getting inside a homebuyer's head

Clark says, "We've all been hearing about how tough it is to sell a home right now. Before you go to market, you should hire an inspector to carefully vet your home. Then fix whatever it is that needs repair, and have the inspector's report and your receipts available for prospective buyers to examine. As a seller, you have to psychologically try to get inside the head of a buyer. Even though a buyer may consider a used home, they still want it to be perfect like a doll house. Imagine that a corner of your roof needs repair and you don't spend the money to fix it. When their inspector finds it, the buyer is more likely to blow the potential repair cost out of proportion and make a lower offer on your house accordingly."

For more information, please visit Clark Howard.

Local Volunteering

Lakeway, TX - I am proud to be volunteering with Vista Oaks assisted living community, visiting and spending time with residents, helping and working with their program director.

My activities include an afternoon movie showing called Tim's Popcorn Time. Serving the elderly is very special and meaningful to me.

For more information, please visit Vista Oaks of Lakeway.

Austin Board of Realtors

Austin, TX - I am honored to have become an associate member with the Austin Board of Realtors, helping to support and assist the local real estate community.

I am excited about my involvement with them, because working with a Realtor helps clients find the best home--and the best home inspector!

In an effort to provide even more convenient services, I have also subscribed to the Supra DisplayKey system. This feature allows me to access lock boxes for increased flexibility in scheduling inspections. Thank you to ABOR for this opportunity.

Local Volunteering

Austin, TX - I am proud to have become associated with the Austin Meals on Wheels and More program, and part of their volunteer teams with the Handy Wheels program. The Handy Wheels program provides minor home safety repairs and is reserved for clients of Meals on Wheels and More. It is a volunteer program that helps create a safe and secure environment in the clients' homes. Typical projects include installing smoke alarms, bathroom safety bars, doorbells, peep holes, house numbers, replacing switch or outlet plates, flapper valves in toilets, and light bulbs and air filters.

I am humbled and honored for this opportunity to help those unable, or to serve those less fortunate, in our community by volunteering.

I wish Meals on Wheels and More continued success with their efforts of compassion and service. For more information, or to find out how to do your part, please visit Meals on Wheels and More.

TAREI Spring Educational Conference

Round Rock, TX - In accordance with our commitment to providing the best inspection services and the highest standard of technical expertise, I have recently attended the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors (TAREI) Spring Educational Conference in Round Rock, Texas.

During the conference, I took part in a wide range of activities, which included technical home inspection workshops, various professional seminars, business functions, general sessions, and roundtable discussions. Among the topics of education updates included framing techniques, exterior wall claddings, and job site phased construction field trips. These seminars and workshops were taught by nationally recognized experts in their fields.

This event and involvement with continuing education demonstrates my dedication to staying on top of the latest developments in home construction and sharpening my inpsection techniques.

National Certification

Austin, TX - Constantly focusing on my quality of service, I have become certified by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), the world's premier home inspector association.

I am excited to receive this certification, because NACHI reports that over half of the home inspectors do not meet their strict standards.

This is just another step in my commitment to providing you with the highest level of service through my affiliations.

I am excited about our involvement in such a group, providing clients with the reassurance that their choice in a home inspector meets the NACHI standard of excellence.

ASHI Annual Conference and Exposition

Austin, TX - In accordance with our commitment to providing the best inspection services and the highest standard of technical expertise, I have recently attended the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Annual Conference and Exposition in Austin, Texas.

During the InspectionWorld conference, I took part in a wide range of activities, which included technical home inspection workshops, various professional seminars, business functions, general sessions, and roundtable discussions. Among the topics of education updates included plumbing inspections, foundation defects, diagnosing cracks, arc-fault circuit interrupters, drain waste and vent piping, and pre-drywall new construction inspections.

This event and involvement with continuing education demonstrates my dedication to stay abreast of the latest construction methods and inspection techniques for the benefit of my clients.