We are lucky that we found Paul! He is the only independent Inspector in North California (there are only 5 in CA at the time of my search). we are glad that we did the diligence in choosing our own inspector (not through the agent though we love our agent as well)! Though Paul's services charge is somewhat higher than normal inspection charge, we consider the ROI we received is very high when factoring in the significant more inspection hours and the detailed analysis he provided.(if inspection is charged by hourly rate, Paul's rate is more reasonable than normal rate)
here are the highlight of my experience:
1. Paul was able to fit us into his schedule due to our urgent timing need ( we know it is not easy for him to do that but he was very supportive, instead of just simply saying no)
2. Paul provided a courtesy heads up that his inspection will last about 4.5 hours so that the seller (still living in the house) and the agents have expectation on the timing. ( i do appreciate that a lot)
3. there are hard to get to places in the "attic" and "crawling space in the basement", but he was able to manage to get "deeper" into those areas and that is how he was able to find a leak near by a corner area of the roof which otherwise could be easily missed
4. Paul took time to explain and walk through with us what does each finding means and why he wanted to point out (safety vs regulation vs upgrade/maintenance, etc) 5. Paul spent over 5.5 hours in our appointment (around 4.5 hours for his own inspection and over an hour to answer all my questions)
6. Paul showed attitude/mind set of continued learning to keep himself up-to-date. (it is always good to know what is the newly trend and regulations in associated industries)
7. Paul's inspection report is very well organized and detailed -- it categorized findings so that we know what are the area we should focus on for our home price negotiation; it is clear with a lot of visual support/pictures. (fyi, it was twice longer than the report i received for my first home purchase)
i think i should stop here :), but key thing would like to share is that paying extra to support a mega purchase in life is well worthy-- at least i am not having buyer's remorse :D good luck!
As a first-time homebuyer, I was so glad to have found Paul Alexander to do the inspection on the house I was purchasing. I received a detailed report with pictures that not only alerted me to health and safety issues and potential problems, but also provided upgrade and maintenance recommendations for the future. I feel like I went into the purchase with my eyes wide open and have a guidebook for taking care of my new home. He also saved me from spending money on frivolous, cosmetic things as I might have done had I not known of some of the hidden, more serious issues that needed to be addressed first. I am now several months into owning the home and have found Paul's inspection to be spot-on as I live in the home and work on it.
The last time I seriously considered purchasing a home I was blessed to have a very close, longtime family friend who was a building inspector do the inspection. He has now retired, but I felt in Paul Alexander I was getting the same level of care and commitment in the inspection and had someone who was truly working for me and watching out for my interests in the biggest purchase of my life. I highly recommend Paul!
I had Paul perform a secondary home inspection for a property that I ended up purchasing. Paul was there on time and explained everything to me in a very concise and professional manner. His report was far more detailed and comprehensive than the first inspection and he pointed out several things that the first inspector missed. He is a professional both in the manner he conducts his inspection and how he presented that information on his report. He was a little more expensive than other inspectors however I believe it was easily worth the extra money. I would high recommend Paul to anyone looking for a very comprehensive home inspection.
I was in Seattle, WA when I received a call that my bid was accepted for my home and I had 3 days to act on finalizing my purchase. Paul was one of 3 recommend by a realtor friend and the only one to return my call. Mine was an "as is" sale so I did not need an inspection report and Paul agreed to do the inspection for me. He explained he would be there for 2-3 hours and quoted me a very reasonable price. He arrived on time and ended up spending 4 1/2 hours going over my home and giving me a list of what was most important to fix when I took possession of the home. I have been in my home for 5 years and it has been the best investment I've made. Paul assured me I was buying a good home at a great price. In fact, he said if I wasn't going to buy it, let him know because he would! :-) Thank You, Paul, for helping me realize the dream of owning my own home. I still have the list from when you inspected my home, with check marks by all the jobs that are now finished. You can't go wrong hiring Paul to do your home inspection.