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I get it. Buying a home involves a mountain of paperwork, a myriad of twists and turns, and a million different details. And when it’s all done, you have a beautiful new home, a solid investment in your future and…..that GIANT STACK OF PAPERWORK!!!! So what is a buyer to do to make sure every “i” gets dotted and every “t” gets crossed……

Invest in a qualified Real Estate Agent

The number one thing you can do is choose your captain wisely. Because a home purchase is a ship disguised as a transaction and it requires a great captain. And no arguments about the commission payment either, because believe me, THEY EARN IT! A great Agent brings the proper tools for navigating the ups and downs of the transaction….from start to finish!

One of the biggest things we dread as Inspectors is the call that includes phrases like “I don’t have an Agent” or “I’m buying it from a friend with no Agents involved”… it’s like performing surgery without a doctor! Really! Now, I don’t pretend to be a Real Estate transaction expert (that’s what I had MY Agent for!) But we are only one step in the process…. and I can tell you, from personal experience, there are 7 different types of services we offer, in 102 different zip codes, with 3 different Inspectors, including 67 Municipalities, countless loan program requirements, unlimited title offices, and 5 different types of payments to choose from! And that is just the Home Inspection portion! (Breathe, calm down, close your eyes if you have to and process all that…) You need a GREAT Captain of that ship!

If I sound like I am lobbying for our Agents.. I AM! Why??? Because they make my job easier! Every single day! Let’s use yesterday as an example:

#1 – Agent ordered a termite inspection AFTER the home inspection was completed –

Buyer paid for the original services with a check at the Inspection – Buyer withdrew the contract AFTER the Inspection and still hadn’t paid for the termite (that’s called a “dead deal” FYI) – Buyer hadn’t responded to emails and text messages (Voicemail was full) – Agent was out of town at a conference in California – mutual release was due to fund without the termite being paid – Agent responded to a message from title while in CA – & WE GOT PAID!!!!

#2 – Agent ordered a building and termite inspection for a property

And it was set up for less than 24 hours from booking – Buyer had a VA loan – Agent contacted our office to let us know it was a VA Loan and asked what the policy was for payment on the termite inspection (VA requires the Seller to pay for the termite inspection, however the buyer should still be able to order it from a company of their choice) – Agent contacted the Seller’s Agent and informed them – Seller called the office to pay by phone – CLIENT HAD THEIR TERMITE INSPECTION PAID!!

#3 – Buyer was moving for his job –

ReLo (that’s short for relocation) company had specific  parameters for payments by the buyer to be submitted for reimbursement – Agent contacted our office to ensure the invoice could be turned in and was worded correctly for the ReLo reimbursement – RELOCATION CO PAID & THE BUYER GOT PAID BACK!!!!

#4 – Buyer’s closing date was upon them – not all funds were accounted for

Buyer was in danger of losing a closing credit for a fairly weighty sum (trust me, by this point in the process, ALL sums feel weighty) – Agent phoned the office and requested payment tracking to verify and prove what method of payment was used at the Inspection – verification was provided – CLOSING PROCEEDED SMOOTHLY & EVERYBODY GOT PAID!!!!

And that is just one day in the life! Are you seeing a theme here? You should be. Agents know what they are doing. It’s their paid profession. There are so many things we are grateful for on a daily basis around here that come directly from Agents. I’d be here all day if I had to make a list. But let me expound on just a few:

Terms:

Our Agents read our reports all the time. They can quickly and easily help the Buyer navigate the language of the Inspection.

Importance:

A seasoned professional Agent can easily prioritize the items listed in the Inspection into what needs fixed, what needs replaced and what needs a price credit.

Influence:

Need something extra from me or one of my guys? It’s yours! Our Agents call and relay requests all day long and they get you the results you need in record time!

Guidance:

Not sure what to do now that the Inspection didn’t turn out the way you hoped? No worries. Your Agent can steer you through the steps required to halt the process and help you move forward until the home you are supposed to find appears!

Find an Agent who has the skills and knowledge necessary to guide you. Ask around, see who other people like, meet a few, and then decide what is best for you. Nothing about this process is a “one size fits all” – and ultimately, you need the Captain that best suits your ship.

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  • Avatar Lindsay ★★★★★ a year ago
    Very friendly and professional!
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    Jack was extremely thorough and took the time to answer every question we had. It was obvious that he’s very knowledgeable and has a ton of experience. We definitely recommend him!
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    Thorough and very helpful. It was so good I wish I had gotten a higher level inspection, I didn’t know they were available. Gave lots of helpful information for how to maintain the house going forward. We have a lot of peace of mind as … More a result.
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    Eric did a good job of examining everything during his home inspection. He was very thorough and professional. I would recommend him.
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    Jack was great. Inspections seemed very thorough. He spent close to an hour going over every detail of the report with me and answered every question I had.
  • Avatar Angelia Sutton-Olson ★★★★★ a month ago
    As a first time buyer I have had lots of things I have learned through the process but I will say that Castle Home Inspections made the inspection process easy! He was so professional and was willing to answer all my questions. Highly … More recommend!
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    I was hesitant on having an inspection done since we are buying a new home but I figured better safe than sorry. It was a good choice to have one done anyway, ended up finding several things that needed to be fixed before we sign at closing!!! … More Saved us big time. Jack was amazing and very thorough!! Will be saving that business card in case I ever need anything inspected again.
  • Avatar Leah Ragsdale ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Steve was very professional and kind. He allowed us to walk through each step with him, and he took the time to explain each item on the report before we left the house. I'd highly recommend Castle – especially Steve Armstrong.
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    Very friendly and professional!
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    Great experience! Jack was fantastic and answered all of our questions. The communication from Castle has been phenomenal.
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    Our inspector, Steve, was amazing! He was super professional and did a very thorough job. We appreciated his expertise very much.
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    Jack at Castle home inspections was very knowledgeable and professional. Our experience with our home buying inspection was fantastic. Things were explained and laid out for us in an easy to understand manner. Would highly recommend.
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    Not only was Jake on time but got there early. He was professional and answered any and all questions my wife or I had. He was very thorough and explained what he was looking for. We received our copy of his report within a day after he … More was finished. I would recommend Jake and his team to any and everyone.
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    We used Castle Home Inspections for the inspections of our new home prior to purchase. They were thorough and timely. Reported findings were easy to understand and documented with pictures. Thank You!
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    For our kitchen remodel, our 2 biggest concerns were timeline (moving into home from out of state) and budget. 1 Day Kitchen and Bath told us up front it would be a bit over our budget but other companies were even higher. In the end, we're … More so happy we went with them because the end result was amazing! We are in love with our new countertops and cabinets!
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    Thank you 1 Day Bath of Texas for beautifully remodeling our 2 bathrooms! We now have a gorgeous double sized shower, a cast iron bathtub, and waterproof flooring! They removed mold from the walls behind the shower. Don was very responsive … More and helpful and Martin does amazing work! 🙂 Our home is so updated and comfortable now! Thank you!
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    Overall great experience. My only complaint is how long it took to get my materials from the manufacturer but Faith called me every week to give me an update so I never worried and now that it's all installed I'm so happy with … More how gorgeous and clean it all looks!
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    Great work on our kitchen and master bathroom. I was nervous about doing two big projects at once but they managed both projects beautifully and they got it all done on our timeline before the in laws came to visit!
  • Avatar Becky Martin ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    We had a home inpection on a home we were hoping to purchase. Steve was incredible. He was very thorough and provided us with details along the way. He took his time and ensured all of our questions were answered. He made us feel confident … More that any issues had been uncovered during our inspection.
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    Such a fantastic group of people. Very knowledgeable and professional. I particularly like the reports they produce as they are easy to read and have pics and video when necessary. The pricing structure is very fair and a great value for … More the customer.
  • Avatar Diane York ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    This is our fourth time using Castle. This time we found a home we wanted to purchase and they found no major items wrong with the property. We totally trust them and will use them every time we purchase or sell a home. I like the idea … More of an inspection prior to putting a home on the market.
  • Avatar Heather Behrmann ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Castle Home Inspections is my go-to inspection company for all my Real Estate Clients’ property purchases! They are always efficient, thorough, kind, and courteous! Will definitely be using them again!
  • Avatar Aaron Gunther ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    The inspectors were amazing, they answered any and all questions and we're extremely professional and personable. They were honest and open and did everything they could to help me out. This company came as a reccomendation from my … More agent and I will continue to use them as long as I can.
  • Avatar Leah Barber ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Everyone was friendly and took the time to explain/share things with me. As a first time home buyer, I very much appreciated it! They were responsive and thorough.

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