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Omaha Home Inspections by ASHI Certified Inspectors

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. 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 verbiage and you’re left wondering what they actually found. Our home inspections take 3-4 hours on-site, not including 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.

  • Here's A Brain Teaser For You

    Here's A Brain Teaser For You

    What caused high levels of carbon monoxide in this home that had only a 6 month old furnace and water heater as the only possible sources? Answer: A defective water heater. The inner flue somehow had a hole in it allowing the flue gases to leak into the hot water supply which was why the hot water in the bathroom sink never stopped spurting. The CO gas coming out of the faucet was then sucked into the cold air return of the furnace and then circulated throughout the home.
  • Builder Installs Floor Trusses Upside Down

    Builder Installs Floor Trusses Upside Down

    This home was a brand new custom built ranch with an unfinished basement. The home was 100% completed and the homeowner & his family had already moved in when we were hired to perform the home inspection. The homeowner knew something wasn’t right which is why he called us. It turns out approximately 50% of the floor trusses on this home were installed upside down. What this means is the floor trusses may not be able to hold the intended loads and/or weight and could realistically collapse. After being built, you can’t just take them out and flip them over. So the big question was how do you fix this??? We referred our client over to a licensed Structural Engineer who hopefully can come up with a low-cost solution.
  • Burnt Buss Bar On Main Electric Panel

    Burnt Buss Bar On Main Electric Panel

    This newer home caught the Seller & myself by surprise. We weren’t expecting to find the buss bar melted from it overheating. This was a fire hazard and needed immediate attention.
  • Stairs that go UP and DOWN at the same time

    Stairs that go UP and DOWN at the same time

    Want to get to your basement to the furnace, water heater, water shutoff, and to do your laundry, then take apart the stairs. Want to go up upstairs to the Master Bedroom, then put the stairs back together. Relax, they were labeled for ease of use;-)
  • Vertical Crack In This Carrier Furnace

    Vertical Crack In This Carrier Furnace

    This is exactly why you want to have your furnace annually serviced. This large crack most likely had developed years ago and kept getting larger. This family had no idea they were at such a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning every time their furnace turned on! This furnace was condemned.
  • New Construction Grading Oops!

    New Construction Grading Oops!

    This brand new high-end custom built ranch home had a mud pond in the back yard. The existing ranch home downhill from this lot didn’t have the lot graded properly away from the foundation, so the Dirtwork Contractor built a large berm along the lot line. They never accounted for all of the water runoff from all of the future houses being built up the street and no drain or ditch was installed. The Buyer comes in ready to buy after both neighbors have established yards, sprinkler systems installed, and a fence going in. The only way to correct this was to dig up the neighbors’ yards. Not wanting to inherit the drainage issue and have neighbors hating them right off the bat, the Buyer decides to move on to the next one.
  • DIY - Electrical Projects

    DIY - Electrical Projects

    Half of this basement was entirely finished. Luckily, the homeowner didn’t finish covering up his “professional” wiring job with drywall yet. Splices need to be in junction boxes just in case there are any arcing. Arcing can occur at up to 2,000 degrees F. Any of these splices could have quickly caught this house on fire. Our recommendation was to remove all of the drywall and have a licensed Electrician properly wire the basement.
  • What Is Pushing This Brick Foundation So Much?

    What Is Pushing This Brick Foundation So Much?

    This home was an awesome old house in Council Bluffs, IA. See the next picture;-)
  • Meet Hercules...The Tree

    Meet Hercules...The Tree

    This is the ginormous tree that decided to grow right out of the corner of the front porch foundation, pushed in the main house foundation, and wreaked havoc on the 1-car detached garage down below.
  • More of Hercules

    More of Hercules

    The bid to remove this tree, not including stump removal, not including repairing/rebuilding the foundation, and not including tearing down the detached garage and building a new one…was over $6,000.
  • This is the Termite Super Highway

    This is the Termite Super Highway

    Termite tubes are normally the width of a straw. The termites need moisture and a food source to survive. In our area, they are subterranean termites and they will start at the ground and eat their way up the wood structure. These termite tubes I found in a house in Herman, NE. The Termite Inspector had been there the day before my home inspection and only went into half of the basement. He didn’t didn’t find any live termites and his report stated the same. I went into the other half and found 1″ to 1 1/2″ wide termite tubes…that were very active. Needless to say, the termite guy had to drive back out.
  • Termite Super Highway - Part 2

    Termite Super Highway - Part 2

    This is a close-up of one of those large termite tubes when I swiped my hand across it. Within a minute, the termites had repaired the tube and kept on business as usual.
  • You Know The Brick Foundation Is Bad When...

    You Know The Brick Foundation Is Bad When...

    …you can play Lego Blocks with the bricks.
  • Mushrooms Growing In The Window

    Mushrooms Growing In The Window

    This larger home had been inspected by one of our competitors. They did find rot in 1 sill on the front of the house during their home inspection. What they missed was all of the rotted windows to the Great Room and Basement on the back side of the house were all rotted and taking on water. The homeowner had water literally pouring through the windows and running down her walls. The competitor that missed this was one of the large franchises that seem to be more concerned about pleasing real estate agents than they are at actually inspecting.
  • When The Concrete Block Foundation Bows...

    When The Concrete Block Foundation Bows...

    …do you bother going forward with the purchase? How much movement is acceptable and at what point do you need to make repairs? How much are the repairs going to cost? At the end of our inspection, we’ll educate you so you can make your decision.
  • Dimple crack found on Carrier 80% efficiency furnace

    Dimple crack found on Carrier 80% efficiency furnace

    The Serpentine heat exchanger found on Carrier and Bryant furnaces have dimples in the design. The ones located near the rear and bottom of the shells commonly develop cracks, especially when the homeowner doesn’t regularly replace the furnace filter.
  • Ever Seen A House Supported Up By Firewood?

    Ever Seen A House Supported Up By Firewood?

    This home was located south of Glenwood, IA. Every beam throughout this crawlspace of this larger home was supported up by firewood. To my amazement, the floors were level.
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Is No Joke

    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Is No Joke

    This vacant home had active carbon monoxide blowing throughout the home. Things get real serious once you realize the air inside the home isn’t safe to breathe! Did you know that firefighters aren’t allowed to enter a home without a full-face mask and an oxygen tank once the CO levels are above 10 ppm? You’ve got to read our article on Low Level Carbon Monoxide Detectors posted on our website.
  • Brick Foundation Is Shot

    Brick Foundation Is Shot

    When you can take your pinky finger and wipe out the sand that is supposed to be the mortar joints on a large portion of a brick foundation, you need to know the only realistic solution is to jack the house up, remove the bad foundation, install a new foundation, and the set the house back down. On this specific house, it had already been inspected by one of our competitors. His report never mentioned the brick foundation bowing in vertically and horizontally, the severely deteriorated mortar joints, the bowing wall causing the driveway that ran alongside it to settle and funnel water to the wall compounding the issue, and never recommended any repair. This turned out to be a $20,000-$30,000 repair that he missed.
  • New Construction Master Shower Doesn't Slope to Floor Drain

    New Construction Master Shower Doesn't Slope to Floor Drain

    This was a brand new higher-end ranch house. It sucks to have found this after the shower was entirely complete. This is yet another reason to have your new construction inspected. This home had passed code and received it’s Certificate of Occupancy.
  • Melted Service Entrance Cable On Main Electric Panel

    Melted Service Entrance Cable On Main Electric Panel

    A licensed Electrician was immediately called in after I found this on a home inspection. The sheathing was bubbling! Turned out, the main lug was never tightened way back when it was installed in the 1970’s. This house could have caught fire at any moment throughout the years. The homeowner was really lucky on this one.
  • Do You Know What Caused This?

    Do You Know What Caused This?

    Even though a male dog can be a man’s best friend, you want to make sure you install a small fence around your air conditioner or heat pump. Their dog urine is acidic and can eat away the fins and coils. Having to replace your A/C or heat pump can make for a very expensive dog!
  • Peek-A-Boo!

    Peek-A-Boo!

    Yes, someone actually covered over the gas meter with drywall when they attempted to finished their basement! Yet another reason to make sure permits are pulled.
  • Hail Damage Very Common In The Omaha Area

    Hail Damage Very Common In The Omaha Area

    The average life expectancy of roof coverings in Omaha is 7 years due to all of the hail storms that occur. There are some areas that seem to get every storm that blows through while other areas rarely see hail. If your house sits in a hail prone location, then make sure you install Malarkey’s 50 year IR shingles that are made out of a rubber polymer with asphalt coating.
  • Flipped House Covers Up Bad Foundation

    Flipped House Covers Up Bad Foundation

    Notice how the foundation walls are frowning at you? This home had the foundation covered over on the outside and the basement finished over on the inside. The only area I was able to see the foundation was under the back porch. That entire wall had a rotted out sill plate with heavily deteriorated mortar joints in the brick foundation.
  • A True Definition of a HOT Shower!!!!!

    A True Definition of a HOT Shower!!!!!

    Yes, you are looking at the surround of a shower in a basement with an electric furnace as part of the surround! That working furnace had two 60 amp double-pole breakers providing power to it!
  • What Caused 100% of the Flue Gases To Back Up Into This 3 Year Old Home?

    What Caused 100% of the Flue Gases To Back Up Into This 3 Year Old Home?

    A bird’s nest. The Seller of this home had 2 young daughters and they played a lot in the basement…right next to where the water heater drafthood was spilling 100% of the flue gas of the furnace and water heater every time they turned on!!! This was one of the most grateful Sellers I’ve ever met for me finding it and alerting their family to what could have killed them or given them carbon monoxide poisoning. They ended up having to replace the entire B-vent flue pipe up through their 2-story home to make their home safe again.

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 3,700 home inspections under his belt. He’s been performing home inspections full-time for almost 16 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.

  • Fake Reviews

    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.

    VA/FHA Inspections

    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”.

    Pre-Listing Inspections

    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.

    “As-Is” Properties

    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”.

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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
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  • 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

 

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.