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FAQ'S

Why should I hire AOM Property Inspection Solutions?

1.   I Am a Certified Professional Inspector CPI®

I am a member of InterNACHI®, the world's leading organization of certified inspectors. I am a Certified Professional Inspector CPI®. I take 24 hours of Continuing Education every year to maintain my certification as a home inspector. I am certified in numerous other types of inspections. 

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2.   AOM Property Inspection Solutions Provides Exceptional Service

My goal is to provide you with the most exceptional service of greatest value to you.

 

If you hire AOM, you will have the right information you need in order to make the best decisions. This may be the most important decision and biggest investment that you'll ever make. AOM would be honored to help you with this investment.

 

AOM will show you how your home works, how to maintain it, and how to save home energy. Your report will show you everything that was inspected, and everything that you should know about the home or building.

 

AOM will provide you with both a full Indepth thorough inspection report and a summary report with the highlights of items requiring attention.  Both are easy-to-read and clear-to-understand. 

 

AOM provides infrared camera photos of ALL exterior doors and select windows, which allows AOM to see things that you can't see.

 

AOM is a licensed FAA Drone Pilot and uses drones to photograph areas that is physically impossible to reasonably inspect manually.   AOM also uses a moisture meter, GFCI and AFCI tester and other invaluable tools to insure that you are receiving a thorough inspection.

 

I make myself available to my clients, particularly when they experience a problem with their house.

3.   AOM Property Inspection Solutions Has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB A+)

To get an A+ rating, you need to get 97 points or more. The grade you get from the BBB represents the BBB's degree of confidence that your business is operating in a trustworthy manner and will make a good faith effort to resolve any customer complaints.

 

 

Welcome to the neighborhood and THANK YOU FOR CHOSING AOM PROPERTY INSPECTION SOLUTIONS to perform your inspection on your home or place of business.

 

What do you do?

1.   We Inspect Homes and Buildings

We inspect everything according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice.   This includes systems and components from the foundation to the top of the roof and everything in between. We can also check for indications of moisture intrusion, water leaks, and material defects.

If we find anything wrong, we'll show it to you, explain what the problem is, and why it should be corrected. We may also make recommendations for qualified contractors to take a closer look and make repairs.

2.   We Offer Many Different Types of Inspections

We provide residential and, coming soon, commercial property inspections. We perform inspections according to Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

Check out our inspection services in detail by visiting www.aominspections.com on the Services and Fees section.

 

3.   We Inspect Everything Listed Here

We inspect everything listed in the Home Inspection Standards of Practice, which is available by visiting www.nachi.org/sop

What Really Matters?

 

1.   Just Four Things

Buying a home? The process can be stressful.  A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, a checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. 

 

Combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself, makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?

 

​AOM Property Inspection Solutions provides “peace of mind” so you can relax.  Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies for various systems and components, and minor imperfections. These are useful to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

 

  1.   Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure;

  2.   Things that lead to major defects, such as a small roof-flashing leak;

  3.   Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home; and

  4.   Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel or improperly sized railings and steps causing       dangerous conditions for both children and adults.

 

Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

Most sellers are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or nit-picky items.

2.   Material Defects in the Summary Report

We recommend that you read and understand the entire inspection report and ask questions about anything you find in the report. I am responsible for writing in the inspection report the defects that I both observe during the inspection and deem (or consider) to be material.  A material defect is very serious and must be further evaluated and corrected immediately by a qualified contractor or professional.  I will put those material defects into the summary report.  The summary report is not the entire inspection report.

 

3.   A Real Estate Agent's Duty

This is written for the real estate professional.

The seller has accepted your clients' offer and now, with your help, your clients must choose a home inspector. Should you steer them toward the inspector who writes the softest reports? Should you steer them toward the inspector who pays to be on your office's preferred vendor list? Should you help them find the cheapest inspector? The answers to these questions are of course No, No, and No.

 

You have a fiduciary duty to your client and, therefore, must recommend the very best inspectors. If you recommend a patty-cake inspector, an inspector who indirectly pays for your recommendation, or a cheap inspector, you violate your fiduciary duty to your client.

The National Association of REALTORs defines your duties in their Code of Ethics. Article 1 requires you to protect and promote your clients' interests. Article 6 requires you to disclose any financial benefit you may receive from recommending related real estate services (this also includes any benefit to your broker).

Because most real estate agents get paid only if the real estate transaction successfully takes place, your personal interests, and your fiduciary duties already conflict. Don't make your situation any worse. The best way to avoid negligent referral claims, to operate ethically, and to fulfill your fiduciary duty is to help your client find an inspector based solely on merit.

Although no real estate agent can guarantee the thoroughness of any particular inspector, there is a strong correlation between an inspector's fees and his/her competence (in other words, you get what you pay for). Helping your client find a cheap inspector for the purchase of their lifetime is a violation of your fiduciary duty. When in doubt, seek out the most experienced inspector  that provides the best value for your clients.

What Should I Do?

 

01.   Walk and Talk With Your Inspector

I invite you to Join me after I have completed your inspection.  I suggest this for two reasons.  First for safety reasons and for insurance purposes. I prefer to keep my clients out of potential harm's way.  Too many times while performing an inspection I run into situations that require distance from the unsafe area and immediate attention for resolution. A person, not understanding the potential severity, can be easily injured.  It is my primary responsibility as a home inspector to ensure the safety of my clients.  Secondly, I find it best that I spend time with you clearly explaining my findings that you will find in the summary report.  This will allow me to answer any questions you may have related to a specific issue.  Without interruption I will show you everything about your house that's important for you to know.  If you have any concerns or questions as we walk the property, feel free to ask me while we're moving through the inspection summary process.

 

02.   Read the Inspector's Promise

Choosing the right home inspector can be difficult. Unlike most professionals you hire, you probably won't meet me until our appointment. Furthermore, different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and pricing.  Did you know that Michigan does not require a person to be licensed to a property inspector.  With AOM Property Inspections Solutions, you get a degreed engineer with 35+ years experience, a preferred government contractor, a licensed FAA Report Pilot, and an InterNACHI Certified Home Inspector, (www.nachi.org).

 

Ultimately, a thorough home inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector’s own effort. I would be honored to inspect your new home.  Give me an opportunity to provide you with a "Peace of Mind Inspection".  I guarantee that I will give you my very best effort.

 

This, I promise you.


03.   Read the Standards, Agreement, Report, and Book

Please read the Home Inspection Standards of Practice (www.nachi.org/sop), the Code of Ethics (www.nachi.org/code_of_ethics), the home inspection agreement that we sign before we begin the home inspection at the property, the entire inspection report(s) and not just the summary, and the InterNACHI® home maintenance book that can be purchased at the at the end of the inspection.

 

04.   Understand the Inspector's Responsibility

The home inspector is not an expert but a generalist. The home inspector can inspect a home and report upon the home’s condition as it was at the time of the inspection. That is the main responsibility of the home inspector.

 

The most important thing for a homeowner to understand is that things will break. As time goes on, parts of the house will wear out, break down, deteriorate, leak, or simply stop working.

 

A home inspection does not include predictions of future events, house warranties, or guarantees that nothing will ever go wrong. Future events (such as roof leaks, water intrusion, plumbing leaks, and heating failures) are not within the scope of a home inspection and are not the responsibility of the home inspector. Who’s responsible? The homeowner.

 

The home inspection and report are based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions. The home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.

 

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