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Educating You About Your Home with On-Site Explanations & Answers to your Questions & a Follow-up Written Report!

Jim Fox has been doing residential & commercial inspections since 1994, along with his other duties of working with architects and mechanical and electrical engineers as a project manager.  Before that he spent over 20 years as a manufacturing engineer & project manager, supervising the electro-mechanical trades in manufacturing-development and systems troubleshooting.  In addition, he spent his early years of engineering as a traveling technician in the manufacturing-inspection industry all over the United States and other countries

Ø  Customer Comments on Inspections:              (Some of the following comment texts have been slightly revised to adjust grammar, spelling & clarity; the customer is given a questionnaire at the end of the inspection. Some their answers are just, “yes”, and sometimes – due to a lack of time after our inspection together, a customer gives only verbal commendation, and  sometimes the customer does have time to write extra comments as shown below):

Ø  Official Inspection Services Since 1994 (See paragraph above for overview of background, beginning with “Educating you…)

Ø  Very Thorough! Yes, the inspection was worth it to me; very; very helpful. _JC 10-June-2011

Ø  Jim, I just want to compliment you on the clarity and readability of your reports. Although we haven't done one for a while. I had an inspection the other day from another inspector, chosen by the buyer. I'm sure he knew what he was doing as far as the inspection itself, but when I received the report, I couldn't even read my copy. You should see it, and....................he also used to teach construction at a career center. Amazing. _PC, Realtor 8-June-2011

Ø  Excellent and very patient – even willing to answer questions for us via phone and email.  You pointed out things I wouldn’t have thought of.  I’m so glad we had Jim Fox.  I can’t believe everything we covered.  I appreciate all of your tips and advice regarding this property.  Your time and kindness is greatly appreciated and I would highly recommend you to my family and friends. _L&ST 11-April-2011

Ø  Good Job Jim! _HT 18-March-2011

Ø  This inspection has been absolutely worth-it to me. I feel my knowledge of this home and its maintenance has increased very much so, because of this inspection.  Excellent Job. _JM 4-march-2011

Ø  Very Thorough, It has been worth it to me because I am now aware of some minor details that could lead to a possible problem in the near future.  I am better aware of possible solutions. I am 100% satisfied with your inspection. _JK 2-March-2011

Ø  Very Thorough! _ TM 10-January-2011

Ø  Thoroughness – Very! The inspection was definitely worth-it. And the inspector gave 100% _BJ 26-July-2011

Ø  The inspection was worth-it to me. _RL & SM 18-August-2011

Ø  The inspection was very thorough and it was definitely worth-it, learned a lot about the house. I feel my knowledge of the home and it’s maintenance has increased-very much so.  More then I expected. After going through this inspection, I believe the inspector gave more than 150% of his time and attention.  I am very satisfied _Jim Fox is very knowledgeable and shares his knowledge. Very helpful. _ RS 22-August-2011

Ø  Very Thorough. _TH 26-August-2011

Ø  Yes, Very Thorough and informative. All my questions were answered. _AS 6-September-2011

Ø  Yes, my knowledge of this home & its maintenance has increased very much so. Thank You So much, very helpful. _AA 8-September-2011

Ø  Great, thank you so much very helpful. _AA 9-September-2011

Ø  Very Thorough, Yes, the inspection has been worth it to me. _GL 30-September-2011

Ø  Above expectation- very thorough. _HW 16-January-2012

Ø  Great Job, very thorough, Explained a lot.  I felt you gave 100% and then some.  Thank you for all the attention to detail and advice. _17-January-2012

Ø  Very thorough inspection Overall pleased with inspection. _JJ 22-March-2012

Ø  Thoroughness was great! _RM 30-March-2012

Ø  Good, went through everything I had questions on. _AW 4-April-2012

Ø  Excellent! Very detailed inspection. _BL 5-April-2012

Ø  Very Thorough! Yes, the inspection has been absolutely worth-it to me. Thank you for taking the time to provide explanations during this process. _C & KG 6-April-2012

Ø  The thoroughness was good, and yes, the inspection has been worth to me. _RB 25-April-2012

Ø  Great job. Very thorough. _ZH 11-May-2012

Ø  Excellent thoroughness. _AR 29-May-2012

Ø  Thoroughness was excellent! Absolutely worth it to me.  Jim is extremely thorough and very pleasant to work with. _D & RM 7-June-2012

Ø  Very detail oriented. Has been work every penny and my knowledge of this home, has drastically increased. All questions answered; the inspector gave 120% of this time. _MA 8-June-2012

Ø  Very thorough. _11-June-2012

Ø  Excellent thoroughness, has been very worth-it to me._ BR 29-June-2012

Ø  Very Thorough! Well worth it. My knowledge of this home and its maintenance has been greatly increased. The inspector gave 100% - - I would use Jim Fox again and highly recommend him to others. _ JR 13-July-2012

Ø  Very Thorough. Thank you, Super job, thanks again! _VF 20-July-2012

Ø  Thoroughness- very well, very informative._ CH 25-July-2012

Ø  Very Thorough, Enjoyed working with you and am thankful for your help. _RF 26-July-2012

Ø  Extremely Thorough. Yes, it has been worth it to me. My parents and I learned a lot of new and helpful information about homes. Jim did an excellent job of answering all questions; gave 110%. My parents and I would highly recommend Jim to anyone. He would be an incredible teacher / instructor to someone looking into this business.  Jim went above my expectations! _MM 18-Aug-2012

Ø  Very thorough, showed problem areas and explained ways to fix them. _BB 13-Aug-2012

Ø  The thoroughness was good, was worth it. The inspector gave above and beyond 100%; thank you for being there. _KC 18-Aug-2012

Ø  Very Thorough. I was truly impressed. I have a much better idea about the condition of the house now than before the inspection - - my knowledge has definitely increased. Thank you for the extra time and the excellent explanation of house conditions and extremities. _BB 30-Aug-2012

Ø  Very Thorough _MW 13-Sep-2012

Ø  Outstanding Thoroughness, Inspector gave 100% and more. _TG 1-Oct-2012

Ø  Very knowledgeable and thorough. Would highly recommend to anyone purchasing a home. _DW 17-Oct-2012

Ø  Very Thorough, it has been worth it; very informative. _JH 22-Oct-2012

Ø  Yes, it has been worth it. _RV 27-Oct-2012

Ø  Great job, very thorough & knowledgeable. _GK 18-Dec-2012

Ø  Again… Kudos to you. You did a fine job. Well worth it. Thanks. _PV 10-Dec-2012

Ø  Very well done. The suggestions made were very good and appreciated – They will help out right now, as well as, in the future for this property; you even covered additional items that I had questions about. Thank you for looking into the items that caught my eye during this process. _BW 7-Dec-2012

Ø  Very thorough. _CB 19-Dec-2012

Ø  Extremely thorough. _ZW 21-Jan-2013

Ø  Very thorough – all our questions were answered, every corner inspected. This inspection has been absolutely worth it, we had several concerns coming into the inspection that were answered & explained. Our knowledge of this home & its maintenance has absolutely increased. He spent extra time with us to make us comfortable. This is very much appreciated. Thank you! _CW&SW 29-Jan-2013

Ø  Extremely thorough. All my questions and concerns were answered and then some. _RG 31-Jan-2013

Ø  Yes, Yes, Yes. _AS 31-Jan-2013

Ø  Great work. Our knowledge of this home and its maintenance has increased very much, Thank you! _DB&AB 3-Feb-2013

Ø  Great job. _TE&PE 11-Feb-2013

Ø  Thoroughness was Very Good. _JS 19-Feb-2013

Ø  Very Thorough. Yes, the inspection was worth it. _NS 4-Mar-2013

Ø  Good, went through everything I had questions on. _AW 4-Apr-2013

Ø  Yes – Yes, he explained every room in detail. The inspection was worth it to us _Yes, 40+ year old homes that we now have detailed info on. Plus he gave us several options on all concerns to us! He absolutely gave 100% - was very knowledgeable. _BW & AW 18-Mar-2013

Ø  Excellent! Thank you. I have much more peace of mind about purchasing this home. Jim told us about problems and gave suggestions for possible solutions. Absolutely answered all my questions and concerns to my satisfaction. I really appreciate the attention to details. _SE & KB 8-Apr-2013

Ø  Excellent – Went through everything – answered all concerns. He showed us how to use thermostat for each heating type – was attentive and detailed – concerned over our knowledge of the house. Thank you! Once again for a very thorough inspection. _CW & SW 16-Apr-2013

Ø  Yes Very Thorough. _ME 22-Apr-2013

Ø  Very Thorough; Impressed. This inspection was very much worth it. _RS 10-May-2013

Ø  Fantastic, really helpful in answering all our questions and concerns; Helped us feel more secure in our purchase; We now know what needs addressed and how to go about it – Yes, he was very thorough. _LP&KJ 31-May-2013

Ø  Great thoroughness. _ME 7-Jun-2013

Ø  Extremely thorough – learned a lot from Jim. We feel our knowledge of this home has been immensely increased. Went above and beyond – very helpful. Gave 200%. This was very well worth it and very helpful to us – As we are first time home buyers. _DB&AB 10-Jly-2013

Ø  Not only very thorough but educational. Very much appreciated Jim’s analytical approach. Jim Review systems and potential problems I never considered. I feel my knowledge of this home has absolutely!! Increased. Jim did a great job answering our questions. And he went above and beyond – spent the time to explain things in a manner we understood. I would recommend Jim to anyone. His time and work with us today was worth it. _JC&JC 22-Jly-2013

Ø  Very Thorough. _CC 5-Aug-2013

Ø  Very thorough and it is appreciated. GL&VL 15-Aug-2013

Ø  Everything was checked that could be seen – very much worth it. All my questions and concerns were answered. _AG 20-Aug-2013

Ø  Very thorough, considerate & educational. The Inspection has made me feel more confident about buying this home – An exceptional job. _BE 23-Aug-2013

Ø  Extremely thorough, Absolutely gave 100%.- repeat customer J _JC 25-Sep-2013

Ø  Extremely thorough. Figured out several things I need to get fixed. He spent more time than I expected. Inspector was professional, thorough and unhurried. Did not hesitate to go back to areas where I was concerned. Inspector was very knowledgeable. Also courteous and friendly. _LW 22-Oct-2013

Ø  Peace of Mind. _LS 29-Oct-2013

Ø  Very thorough, definitely worth it. Yes, my knowledge of this home has increased – especially the grading. Inspection was done very well, was given a lot of knowledge about the outdoor grading and basement structure specialties. _DZ 29-Nov-2013

Ø  Very thorough – went above and beyond to explain & give detail, very impressed. _AP 9-Dec-2013

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INSPECTION CATAGORIES

 

 

ELECTRICAL

· Inspect for Proper Visible Grounding
· Report on Panel and Service Size, and Presence of Over-Current Protection
· Inspect Condition of Visible Wiring Report on Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
· Observe Condition of Electric Panel and Components
· Evaluate Receptacle Polarity

HEATING & COOLING

· Report on Overall Visible Condition of Ductwork or Hydronic Lines
· Observe Condition of Venting
· Observe Condition of Boiler and combustion Chamber
· Inspect Accessible Burner
· Operate Thermostat
· Report on Fuel Supply
· Inspect Heat Pump and Air Conditioner
· Observe Overflow Pan and Drain
· Evaluate Condition of Condensation Drain
· Report Presence and Condition of Filter

 

PLUMBING

· Report any Visible Leaks
· Inspect Water Heater and Presence of Temperature Pressure Relief Valve
· Observe Supply Line and Main Shut-off
· Check for Visible Proper Venting
· Inspect Outdoor Hose Bibs
· Check Traps for Leaks, Visible Improper Venting and Corrosion
· Inspect Visible Supply, Drain and Waste Components
· Evaluate Function Flow and Drainage
· Report on Presence of Polybutylene

 

EXTERIOR

· Report on Overall Condition of Windows and Doors
· Inspect Condition of Exterior Caulking, Protective Paints, Stains &Sealants
· Inspect Condition of Weather Stripping
· Inspect Locking Mechanisms for Proper Operation
· Report on Material & Condition of Exterior Surfaces & Components

 

ROOF & EAVES

· Report on Substandard Repairs
· Report Missing Shingles and Sign of Wear
· Inspect Condition of Flashings, Valleys, Skylights, Vents and Roof Penetrations
· · Report on Overall Structural Condition and Visible Framing components
· Evaluate Attic for ventilation
· Inspect Overhangs and Eaves

GROUNDS

· Evaluate Grading Immediate to House
· Note Areas Where Siding is Unacceptably in Contact with Grade
· Report on Visible Damage to House Caused by Trees and Shrubs
· Inspect Condition of Retaining Walls Adjacent to House
· Report on Signs of Soil Erosion
· Observe Drainage Around House
· Inspect Condition of Stoop and Stairs

 

CHIMNEY & FIREPLACE

· Report Visible Loose or Cracking Bricks
· Check for Signs of Deteriorating Mortar
· Report Visible Heavy Creosote Build-up
· Report Condition of Chimney, Flue Cap and Chimney Crown
· Inspect Firebox for Overall Condition
· Inspect Flashing for Overall Condition
· Inspect Damper for Proper Operation
· Inspect Blower for Proper Operation

 

FOUNDATION  & STRUCTURE

· Inspect Condition of Accessible Framing and Structure, and Report Defects
· Check Floors for Severe Settlement
· Inspect for Previous Termite or Insect Treatment
· Inspect Exposed Materials
· Inspect Exposed Areas of Slab or Floor for Signs of Visible Water Infiltration
· Inspect Accessible Crawl Space or Basement for Visible Signs of Moisture
· Inspect Condition of Parge or Stucco Coat
· Inspect Condition of Mortar Joints for Cracking, Crumbling or Deterioration

 

Sample of a Typical Home Inspection Report

(click Here to see Report pdf)

 

 

Special Pre-Sell Inspection Info

Note from Jim Fox:

From all my years of experience in the Home & Building Inspection Business,

  I’ve often wondered why more sellers don’t have a Pre-Sell Home Inspection done for them? (Sometimes this is called a Pre-Listing Inspection or simply a Pre-Inspection.) The sellers for whom I have done a Pre-Sell Inspection have usually had very good success. For example, they know that when a potential buyer walks through their house for the first time, they will see the Pre-Sell Inspection Report lying on the table. If they are, at all, interested in the house, they will usually stop and flip through the Inspection binder to see a neatly-typed report (usually with photos) and realize that this seller must have some care and credibility. The Real Estate Agent, who has recommended a Pre-Sell Home Inspection to their seller, has, many times, benefited by at least three things.

1) Helped to reduce some unexpected hick-ups during buyer’s contract time. 2) Improved the agent’s credibility (same as the seller’s) in disclosures. 3) Sometimes, it has even allowed the Agent to use the official Inspection Report to try to help the seller to see their house as a potential buyer would see it and be more reasonable (or at least educated) about the factual condition of their home; thereby setting a more reasonable price. In addition, some sellers have been able to include the statement “See also, Pre-Inspection Report” in their disclosure declaration. They may even go as far as to make a list, saying – “Okay, these are the things we’re going to fix and, these other items, we cannot at this time.”   Wow! Is that like doing your homework or what?

Feel free to Contact Jim Fox a Professional Home & Building Inspector at Fox Tech Services (740-215-0181 or Jim@FoxTechServices.com) with any questions you may have.

 

Who Needs a Home Inspection?


· Buyer
Have an inspector assist in educating you about your future home, its condition and maintenance. To Giving You Peace of Mind!

· Seller
Have your house pre-inspected to reduce the chance of last minute surprises and expenses.

· Home Owner
Request Feasibility Study or Litigation Support for new construction, repairs or renovations.

· Real Estate Professionals

By recommending a home inspection to your client before they makes a final decision on their purchase, you enhance your credibility with the buyer by showing that you respect the importance to them, of this major investment.  You also show your good faith effort to care for the seller's interest in connection with any legal obligation to disclose the condition of the house.  In addition the suggestion of a pre-listing inspection can be a good way to help the seller recognize the need for advanced repairs to their property, as well as, set an fair price for a faster and smoother sale.  This can be very important to real estate professionals.

· Lending Institution
Have an inspector report on questionable conditions in structure, foundations and systems.
Have a structural engineer report on special conditions.
Have an inspector report on repairs required before a closing.

· Investor
Have an inspector report on condition of investment and major safety issues.
Have an inspector report on new construction or renovation.

· Developer
Have an inspector report on new construction or renovation.

· New Home Inspections.
Have an inspector report Pre-Drywall, Framing, Final inspection, Punch List and One-Year Walk Through.

· Commercial & Industrial Inspections are also available.
Ask for example of Commercial Inspection experience from Ohio to Montana, Georgia, Missouri, Mishingan

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With current office @ Logan, Ohio

We do Home & Building Inspections in most of Central and Southeastern Ohio

And have traveled to several other states for many special commercial inspections