A standard visual inspection is based on the square footage size of the home (not including the garage and porches). AKA “heated and cooled area”. The first level starts with homes 1200 sq ft and less. The levels are organized in 300 sq ft increments.
I’m available five days a week – Monday to Friday. My inspection day usually starts at 8:30 a.m. I inspect one house per day. You have my undivided attention for the day. My calendar is on the inspection form. Click here to book an inspection.
Unfortunately – I’m recovering from a neck injury, and I’ve temporarily suspended crawl space inspections until further notice.
That’s a common concern. Central Mississippi is covered in expansive soil. It’s worse in some subdivisions than others. You have a valid concern. Foundation levelness can indicate certain foundation movements. I’m not an engineer; however, I provide non-technical foundation measurements for an additional charge. Tap the “Request Inspection” button at the top of this page, where you can review the fees.
Central vacuums, alarm systems, outside and inside sprinkler systems, intercom systems, speaker wiring, and other low-voltage systems are not inspected. These systems are not accessible. Concealed components are not inspected.
Yes – if the repairs are simple – I’ll explain how “you” can inspect them and save money. If you choose – I’ll be happy to make a return visit. See the “Request Inspection” button at the top of this page where you can review my fee to re-inspect the property.
No. If you’d like, I’ll inspect those components – as a specific area inspection. See the “Request Inspection” button at the top of this page.
I’m an FHA 203(k) Consultant and an FHA Compliance inspector. I hold an ICC Code Certification as a B1 designation (building inspector). I am a licensed home builder #MS 109. I’m licensed to inspect new homes. My license #MS0269NH.
No. An individual must have three distinct and separate designations before inspecting new construction. The inspector should hold a home inspector’s license, a certification as a code inspector, and a current builder’s license.
Mississippi license law requires the inspector to attain 20 hours of continuing education every two years (10 hours per year).
Every two years.
My reports are emailed (usually on the same day), and the report sits on a live page (internet) where you may print to PDF. Other features are available on the report delivery page to help you and your agent convey information through the transaction.
I annotate photos of conditions and include video when necessary. I record a desktop review video included/embedded in the report for clients who find it challenging to be present during the inspection.
Yes. GREAT QUESTION! Maintenance is vital; keeping an eye on the conditions of your property should start the day you move in. I recommend annual property inspections to help protect your investment. See the “Request Inspection” button at the top of this page or call me at my office number, and if I don’t answer, leave a detailed message. 601-691-1496.
My home inspection reports may include examples of relevant building codes and manufacturer guidelines to illustrate points. However, I do not claim to conduct a full code compliance check or verify that all manufacturer procedures have been followed correctly.
With new builds, I occasionally reference the performance guidelines from the Residential Construction Performance Guide, a widely used industry resource on home construction during warranty periods. My citations do not imply the builder has endorsed or adhered to this publication. It is strictly for illustration.
It’s critical to note Mississippi currently has no mandatory statewide minimum building code. Many areas rely on informal local standards. Some counties have individually adopted versions of model codes enforced by Appointed Authorities. However, adopted codes can vary significantly in language, scope, and enforcement rigor across jurisdictions. Several areas statewide have no codes, leaving oversight to contractors’ discretion.
When major renovations trigger building permits, officials may require updates to meet the current code. But again, the exact requirements depend on highly inconsistent local rules and enforcement. Those considering improvements should carefully confirm standards that will apply to their project based on location. My inspection reports aim to depict conditions accurately, not ensure compliance with patchwork regulations.
With my background as a home builder, I may include repair recommendations in my inspection reports where appropriate. However, these suggestions do not represent the only possible methods or all available options to address an issue. Various viable courses of action would need to be evaluated professionally during repair work.
I present repair ideas mostly for illustrative purposes and to demonstrate one potential fix for the homeowner’s reference. My core objective is to supply comprehensive condition data to inform decisions, not provide definitive repair requirements or instructions. Licensed contractors undertaking any repairs are responsible for selecting the best precise approach based on hands-on assessment.
I recommend helpful resources like the Center for Healthy Living’s homeowner checklists (PDF) and manuals for further home maintenance guidance beyond my inspection reports. Now, considering the advent of AI, I suggest BuildWise Advisor. But when my reports highlight the need for repairs, replacement, or further evaluation, enlisting qualified trade professionals to determine the work scope is wise.
My report’s content aims to educate homeowners on the home’s general condition, not serve as the final word on prioritizing and completing repairs. Those decisions fall to the homeowner, ideally in consultation with real estate and contractor partners.