Does anyone have recommendations for a Home Inspector in Milwaukee? How long do they take to go to the home once they're called and time it takes to receive the report back once inspected?
He's not in Milwaukee, but I believe he will travel that far. Kent Schwanke from 2nd Look Home inspections is a great, thorough, knowledgeable inspector. I've used him several times and I always have the report with pictures that evening. He schedules about 10 days out. www.slhi.us
@Codi Clausen We use Firm Footings LLC for all of our inspections. The owner is Richard Gotz and he does a great job. He's quick, has a very competitive price, and has quick turnaround. I can send you contact info if you'd like.
I'm a local investor and real estate agent.
I recommend Shamrock Building Inspections, Hartland WI
Tom and Colin are fantastic. Have used them many, many times.
It depends on their schedule as to how quick they can get out there. You will get the report the next day.
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Honest Home Inspections comes highly recommended in a Milwaukee group I'm part of. Scott is said to be very thorough. Many group members are repeat customers.
Honest Home Inspections just got several shout outs on our contractor's page.
However, I will be using Shamrock for our next inspection as I'm impressed by their reviews and some feedback that is going on with a different thread in our club about inspection. In this incident, they found signs of a possible underground oil tank that another inspector missed. To give a gauge on pricing, they quoted $400 for inspection of a 1500 sq ft single family.
The report should be ready inside of 24 hours, about 30-40 pages on an average size home, with lot's a good pictures, arrows pointing at issues and easy to understand both for the buyer and the seller and their agents without additional explaination.
The report is to be factual and not speculative, which sounds obvious.
The toughest thing for an inspector to say is that there is very little wrong with the house and ask for a paycheck for "finding nothing".
Weak inspectors often times inflate issues to justify their cost. "You are so lucky you have hired me, you should never buy this house!" Weak inspectors will give you the problem, but no solution, because they worry about beeing quoted. A great inspector might say "Okay you have a small area of xyz here. It is likly caused by this and you can do A or B and it may cost you Y."
One of the inspectors referenced above has been known to kill deals over issues that can be cured. Most of the time buyers want to close the deal and not walk away from it - so the goal becomes to find out what is wrong with the house and how can the condition be fixed in a professional way. Killing the deal is usually not the goal. (Although some houses just have bad bones and will be a money pit forever, hopefully your agent knows enough to not let you write an offer on one of those in the first place!)
It's like asking people for a good dentist. They will be happy to recommend their dentist, he's the only dentist they know.
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