Countywide Property Inspection Services
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richard@countywideinspect.com

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Lana Lewis Design
Countywide Property Inspection Services for Charlotte County
  1. What kind of formal inspection training have you had? Certified by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI) through the National Home Inspector Examination. Trained and Certified by Inspector Training Associates (ITA) and several Certified instructors over the past years, all with thousands of inspections completed.  
  2. What kind of Construction related experience do you have? Involved in all phases in the home building industry for 35 years, 25 have been affiliated with coastal housing. Gained status as a Journeyman Carpenter (United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Jointers) in 1975 after serving a four year apprenticeship. Since passing the South Carolina Builders Exam (South Carolina Residential Home Builder Commission) in 1985, have served as a Construction Superintendent and as Independent Contractor, in addition to establishing a successful cabinet shop of 20 years.
  3. Are you a member of any inspector’s trade associations? Affiliation with ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) and FABI (Florida Association of Building Inspectors)
  4. Can you make repairs if they are needed? A strict Code of Ethics (ASHI & FABI) is followed, which forbids any actions that could be interpreted as a conflict of interest. Countywide Inspection does not provide estimates for, or perform repairs; thereby eliminating any vested interest in the outcome of the report.
  5. How long does your inspection take? My structured inspection takes 1 1/2 to 4 hours to complete depending on the square footage. I strictly adhere to the Standards of Practice outlined by ASHI and FABI, the extra investment of time assures you of not only the highest quality inspection but the same thorough inspection every time.
  6. Who is responsible for any repairs that may be discovered or recommended on a home inspection report? The information on the report is intended as a tool to allow the buyer to make an informed decision about buying the house. The items on an inspection report are not intended to be a “to do” list for the seller. Some items discovered may be ones which the seller is contractually responsible to repair per the purchase agreement. 
    We always recommend the buyer refer to their purchase contract to determine what the seller has agreed to. This will help clarify if the seller is obligated to fix any of these items. Remember that your home inspector is not requiring these repairs to be completed by either party. He may make recommendations to fix a potential hazard or make a component of the house functional or serviceable, but his recommendations are not requirements.
  7. Do you go over the report in person with the buyer? We prefer to walk the property with the buyer at the conclusion of the inspection to show them firsthand anything discovered during the inspection. This is the key to giving a buyer peace of mind about their property. When the buyer is out of the area, I go through the report with them over the phone page by page.
  8. What kind of report do you use? Computer generated, narrative report with digital photos creating a report that is easy to understand and quite comprehensive. This type of report emphasizes the strengths and weaknesses of the home.
  9. When do I get the report? You will receive your report within 24 hours (usually the same day) via Fax, email or by downloading it on our secure website in addition to receiving an original mailed to you along with a CD to file for future reference.
  10. How much is your fee? This is sometimes the first question asked and yet it tells the least about the inspector. It has never been my goal to be the cheapest inspector, only the best. The buyer deserves the highest value for his investment dollar. Fees are set according to the size, age and components of the home. The fees are posted on our Website and have a wide range from $200 to $750.