Omaha Home Inspection
By ASHI Certified Home Inspectors, Greg Wayman & Chad Beisheim
Our reputation is what sets us apart from our competition. We are thorough and our clients appreciate it! We are in this business to honestly and thoroughly inspect every property to enable our clients to make the most educated decisions about buying or selling their home. We do not provide kickbacks to or participate in pay-to-play relationships with real estate offices, brokers, team leaders, or agents. What we put in our reports is the actual true condition of the property in detail with lots of photos. Many of our competitors in the Omaha metro use checklist reports with vague canned verbaige and you're left wondering what they actually found. Our home inspections take 3-4 hours on-site, not incuding another 1 1/2 - 2 hours of writing the report. Larger homes take much more time. When we are done inspecting your property, you'll know exactly what you are buying or selling.
What Our Clients Have To Say:
"110 year old 4,000+ square foot Victorian House - The home inspection was a big concern of mine based upon the age and size of this house. I can't rave enough about Chad's competency. In addition to Chad’s home inspection, I brought in a Master Electrician (normally you hire a journeyman), Carpenter, and BDB Foundations. My husband is a Civil Engineer. They agreed with everything Chad said and also found nothing additional. A house this age will have issues and you know that going in. Chad left us feeling confident this house was safe, not a money pit, and gave us a plan for what repairs to expect in the foreseeable future.
A major positive to mention is Chad’s abilities to get along with the sellers. He spent several hours with the current owners. We had a very hard negotiation that fell thru multiple times. These sellers liked Chad as well, which helps when you try to negotiate a repair.
I’ve hired home inspectors on two prior purchases – both real estate agent referrals. My previous opinion was they are worthless, know nothing about construction, and are as educated as anyone who took a 30 hour OSHA Class online. Chad you have changed my mind! I was just hiring the wrong people."
- Kylie F. from Omaha, NE
"I would highly recommend this business. The owner was prompt, personable and extremely thorough in his inspection. He was clearly knowledgable about all aspects of the old home we had inspected. His report was delivered quickly and was extremely thorough. I would, without hesitation, recommend him to any of my close friends or family members that would be in need of inspection services."
- Amy G. from Omaha, NE
Educate yourself as a Buyer:
There are certain home inspection companies in the Omaha area hiring Reputation Management Companies to generate fake reviews on Google to boost their on-line presence. To identify these companies, all you have to do is look at the dates of when the reviews were made. If a majority of the reviews were all written within the last year, then a majority of them are most likely fake. These reviews will all be written in a similar manner, there won't be any gramatical errors, they will mention the inspector's name and how professional the home inspector was, BUT they will never mention any specifics about the home inspection. Most importantly, there won't be a single negative review. But if you go back before the flurry of reviews started happening for them, you'll most likely find some negative reviews made by actual clients. These home inspection companies strive to please the real estate agents and not protect their actual clients at all. They have reputations for softselling inspections or rubber stamping them so the deals go through smoothly. Over the years, these companies had a slew of bad reviews and the public could easily spot them by going on-line to do their own research instead of relying on an agent's referral. Now, they've found a dishonest way of trying to bury those real reviews and are making it very hard for the public to separate the good home inspectors from the bad on-line.
At some point, Google will catch up to them. Until then, be smarter than their unethical business tactics! Read the reviews carefully by going all the way back to their early reviews. You'll find the truth if you look far enough back before all of the fake reviews were dumped onto the top.
The word "inspection" is grossly misinterpreted in this case. VA/FHA "Inspections" are typically performed by an Appraiser. They are on-site no more than 20 minutes with their primary focus of doing the appraisal. They'll take note of trip hazards, lead based paint, possible asbestos, loose railings, but will not thoroughly inspect all of the major components of the home. Do not make the mistake of assuming a VA or FHA "Inspection" is an actual home inspection. It is NOT! Do not let anybody try to talk you out of a professional home inspection because the house already had a VA or FHA "inspection".
Relying on a pre-listing home inspection is a gamble for buyers. First, you didn't hire the home inspector so that inspector wasn't working for you. Second, every single home inspection that we've performed for a Buyer after another company has conducted the pre-inspection has resulted in us finding major problems that the pre-listing report didn't reveal. To make matters worse, certain inspection companies now will perform a Pre-Listing Inspection in which they only inspect 4-6 items. Yet, when you look at their report, you're misled into thinking they inspected the entire home. Third, most pre-inspections are performed by companies that have preferred vendor relationships with the real estate company listing the property. Do you really think they have an incentive to find everything? See "Preferred Vendor Relationships" below and the accompanying article for real instances of pre-inspections missing major problems.
These properties scream "I need a home inspection!" They are usually in disrepair and the seller is in some type of financial difficulties OR if bank-owned listing the property "As-Is" is a tactic they use hoping you won't have it inspected so negotiations go smoother. The Biggest misnomer out there is because it's an "As-Is" property that there's no point in having a home inspection. WRONG!!! Always insist in the contract to have a home inspection. If you have the property inspected and say $20,000 worth of problems are found, then you have the right to back out of the contract. You can then submit a new lower offer accounting for those problems. Finding $10,000-$20,000 of problems on "As-Is" properties is common. For more information, read ""As-Is" Properties and Home Inspections".
New Construction Inspections
Many people believe that because it's a new construction that the city or county has inspected the property throughout the entire build. Wrong! The Code Department typically sends out their Inspector(s) for the electrical rough-in inspection, plumbing rough-in inspection, mechanical inspection, electrical inspection final, plumbing inspection final, and in some jurisdictions they perform the framing inspection. In small towns, all of those inspections are done by 1 person. Hopefully, they are thoroughly trained. After these inspections, they issue a Certificate of Occupancy if everything "passes". Their job is to look at those items, not everything else. The Code Inspectors are typically on site 5-10 minutes & off racing to the next inspection. With 15-30 inspections per day, it's not possible for them to find everything. Yet, Builders are quick to point out that the house has "passed code". Great! What that means is the Builder has corrected any issues the City or County Code Department happened to find and the City or County is stating that the home meets the minimum Code requirements of that jurisdiction. To you, that means the home gets at least a D+ rating for the building process...not necessarily an A+. That is why it's important for you to research your Builder. Regardless of the size of home, does your builder construct the home to minimum code or do they go way above & beyond?
With that said, we've inspected new homes with major problems that "passed code". We've come across entire walls of the foundation that settled because the footings didn't cure long enough before the concrete foundation was poured, where a girder truss was collapsing because the Builder used the wrong nailing pattern, where floor and attic trusses were damaged, where the driveway was only 2 1/2" thick, where the flashing around windows were allowing active water leaks inside through the drywall, where entire roofs had been nailed with the nails poking up 1/4" through the shingles, where glue was skimped on the PVC exhaust piping during the high-efficiency furnace installation causing carbon monoxide to leak into the home...the list goes on. These homes ranged from tract built to high-end custom lakefront homes. Most of these repairs are in the thousands, some in the tens of thousands, some life-threatening.
New construction inspections are a must and need to be done prior to close! If the home inspection reveals problems, you can make the repairs contractual with the Builder. If you have the home inspection performed after your closing, then you're at the mercy of the Builder or his subs to fix the problem if and when they feel like it. If the Builder's quality control is poor, we've found more wrong on a brand new home than on a home 50 years old. It doesn't seem to matter if it's a cookie-cutter home or high-end custom built home, everyone makes mistakes. Some mistakes can be costlier than others. You always want to have the home inspection before you close. The following article is a real case of what we found on a 4-year old home: "Why New Construction Inspections Are Critical". You can also check out my photo gallery: New Construction Nightmares to get a good taste of what can be found on brand new homes. Our hope is that we perform the home inspection and don't find much, but that's not the reality in most cases.
If a Builder refuses to allow a home inspection prior to close, then you need to steer clear of that Builder.
Preferred Vendor Relationships
There are home inspectors in the Omaha Metro that are paying real estate offices to be on their exclusive preferred vendor lists. These questionable relationships pay real estate companies indirectly for referrals. The inspectors entering into these deals are in direct violation of ASHI's Code of Ethics. To do your own research, go to any of the larger real estate company's websites and if the home inspectors are listed on their website, they've paid to be on their exclusive list. Do you really think these inspectors are working for you? To read more, click "Omaha Home Inspectors Blatantly Violating ASHI's Code of Ethics".
Do You Need A Home Warranty?
Home Warranties are an insurance coverage for your house. They "cover" the mechanicals and appliances for 1 year and the cost as of now is around $450. We have "cover" in quotes because you need to read the long list of tiny print of what's excluded. Home warranties do serve a purpose in that today's appliances are made really cheap. If you can purchase an insurance product that covers your appliances, then we think it's a wise choice. We still prefer you to sign up for an HVAC Company's annual service plan to properly care for your furnace, heat pump, or A/C.
Don't get a home warranty confused with a home inspection. There's a huge difference! "Home Warranties vs Home Inspections".
About Greg Wayman, ASHI Certified Home Inspector
Greg is independent, an American Society of Home Inspectors Certified Inspector, Heat Exchanger Experts Certified, and Nebraska Radon Measurement Specialist with over 3,500 home inspections under his belt. He's been performing home inspections full-time for almost 15 years. For 6 years, he was a National Association of Home Inspectors Certified Real Estate Inspector. He served on various Committees and was voted onto their Board of Directors and then onto their Executive Committee as their Secretary/Treasurer. In '09, Greg jumped ship and joined ASHI where he's been ever since.
Our Home Inspection Area
Omaha, NE/Council Bluffs, IA and surrounding cities/towns within a 1 hour radius.
In Nebraksa, that includes Arlington Nebraska 68002, Ashland Nebraska 68003, Bellevue Nebraska 68005, Bennington Nebraska 68007, Blair Nebraska 68008, Craig Nebraska 68019, Elkhorn Nebraska 68022, Fort Calhoun Nebraska 68023, Fremont Nebraska 68025, Gretna Nebraska 68028, Herman Nebraska 68029, Hooper Nebraska 68031, Kennard Nebraska 68034, LaVista Nebraska 68128, Lincoln Nebraska 68508, Louisville Nebraska 68037, Nickerson Nebraska 68044, Omaha Nebraska 68154, Papillion Nebraska 68127, Plattsmouth Nebraska 68048, Ralston Nebraska 68127, Scribner Nebraska 68057, Springfield Nebraska 68059, Tekamah Nebraska 68061, Valley Nebraska 68064, Wahoo Nebraska 68066, Washington Nebraska 68034, Waterloo Nebraska 68069, & Waverly Nebraska 68462.
In Iowa, that includesCouncil Bluffs Iowa 51503, Crescent Iowa 51526, Glenwood Iowa 51534, Hastings Iowa 51551, Logan Iowa 51546, Magnolia Iowa 51550, Malvern Iowa 51551, Mineola Iowa 51534, Missouri Valley Iowa 51555, Modale Iowa 51556, Mondamin Iowa 51557, Tabor Iowa 51653, & Underwood Iowa 51576.