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Why You Should Inspect Your Home: An Interview with Bud Coburn of Action Plus Home Inspection

By Bud Coburn

About Action Plus Home Inspection:

I was raised in an environment surrounded by master home builders and repair men. My grandfather and father were both home builders. My father also owned and managed a handyman repair company which consisted of multiple employees. I migrated into the home inspection industry because it was a natural fit for my experience and knowledge. I am a certified home inspector through International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (http://www.nachi.org/verify.php?nachiid=NACHI12091201) and a certified member of Oklahoma Residential & Commercial Inspection Association (http://www.orcia.org).

My company motto is "Inspected Once, Inspected Right ®". I work for the client. Purchasing a home is usually the biggest investment individuals make during their lifetime. I strive to ensure that my clients have a full understanding of the condition of each component of the home they are considering to purchase. This is required by Oklahoma Law (TITLE 158 CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES BOARD - CHAPTER 70 HOME INSPECTORS ACT).

How Often Should People Inspect Their Homes?

Whether you're buying or selling a home, having a professional home inspector from a qualified home inspection company will give you "Peace of Mind" and assist you in a fair and smooth transaction. We also provide annual inspections for existing homeowners so that they can stay on top of the condition of the components of the home.

How Can Someone Tell if They Need an Inspection?

The average person does not have the knowledge and experience to recognize all the issues that a home inspector does while inspecting a home. All home inspectors in Oklahoma are required to complete many hours of training and pass a NHIE (National Home Inspectors Exam) before they even receive their license and complete many hours of CE (Continued Education) every year to continue their license. Many home inspectors, including myself, perform hundreds of inspections every year. That knowledge and experience is priceless when it comes to understanding the condition of the home. I often find myself teaching people about tolerance of risk, and they need to understand where their tolerance is for the purchase of the home being inspected. Some individuals have a high tolerance for risk and some of the Major Concerns found during an inspection are easily handled by those individuals. A first time home buyer often has a low tolerance of risk and a limited budget.

What Value Does a Home Receive from an Inspection?

There is no actual dollar value given to the home, besides the understanding of the condition of the components of the home. Once they understand the condition of the components, they know what are the Major Concerns/Repairs, Safety Issues, Routine Repairs and Deferred Cost Items (items that are reaching the end of their typical life cycle that will eventually need replaced). With that knowledge they can make decisions that are in their best interest.

How Long in a Home Inspection?

The inspection can take from 2 to 4 hours depending on the size and condition of the house. I have also performed many inspections on large houses (7000 to 10,000 sq ft) and those can take 6 to 8 hours. We strive to deliver the report usually on the same day or at the latest within 24 hrs. Our reports are delivered electronically via email (pdf file) and we do include digital pictures (jpg) for issues where the picture paints 1000 words.

What is a Full General Home Inspection and What is an EMP Inspection?

The state law requires for licensed home inspectors to offer a Full General home inspection as stated in TITLE 158 CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES BOARD - CHAPTER 70 HOME INSPECTORS ACT or to get the customer to agree in writing to exclude certain components.

The full general home inspection covers Structure, Roofing, Exterior, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Insulation, Plumbing, Interior, Appliance and Fireplace. The inspector provides a written report on the findings of the inspection to the client. One licensed home inspector completes all the inspections and usually at a lower price than the EMP.

The EMP covers Electrical, Mechanical (i.e. heating, cooling, etc.) and Plumbing. Customer also orders a structure inspection by a Structural Engineer. One licensed home inspector to perform the EMP and one Structural Engineer to perform the structural inspection. Both inspectors provide a written report of their findings to the client. Two individuals inspecting usually costs more and as you can see less is getting inspected on an EMP than on a Full General home inspection. The EMP would require customers to agree in writing to exclude the items not be inspected.

Action Plus Home Inspections ONLY provides the Full General home inspection. We provide more for less.

Action Plus Home Inspection Services:

  • Residential and Commercial Inspections (both for buyers and sellers)
  • Annual Inspections for Existing Homeowners
  • Roofing Inspections, Plumbing Inspections, etc.
  • Inspections for Banks on Foreclosed Properties

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