• Certified Home Inspector

    Serving Bemidji and the surrounding area since 2009.

  • Buyers or Sellers...

    We help both.

Pre-sale Inspection

Whether you're Buying or Selling

Buying or selling a home is one of the most important transactions you will make in your lifetime, so you should be sure that the home you want to buy (or sell) is in good condition.


Why an Inspection?

It could save you thousands.

Unlike other purchases you make, your home often comes without a money back guarantee or a return policy. Inspections benefit both buyers and sellers.


Inspections Include:

A full Report including a Checklist, Color photos, List of Major Issues, Safety Hazards, Deferred Cost Items, Items in Need of Repair, Summary of Findings, and Tips for maintaining your home. 


Certified Home Inspector

Serving Bemidji and the surrounding area since 2009.

As a Certified Home Inspector through the American Home Inspector Training Institute (AHIT), I dedicate 100% of my time and energy delivering First-class service to YOU, my customer. We strive to provide you with the most detailed inspection and answer any questions you may have. Our services will produce a thorough and accurate assessment of the property's current condition.


About

Bob Potter - Certified Home Inspector

- ASHI Associate Member #255734
- Certified Home Inspector through American Home Inspector Training Institute (AHIT)
- Trained to inspect over 1,400 points on a home as part of a standard inspection
- Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville
- Experienced in home building and remodeling
- Speaker at HomeStretch home buyers classes
- Insured
- Affiliate of Friends of Heroes

Standards of Practice
All inspections are conducted following the Standards of Practice set by The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

Bob Potter

Certified Home Inspector


Home Inspection Services

Buying a home is one of the most important purchases you will make in your lifetime

You should be sure that the home you want to buy is in good condition. A General Home Inspection includes a full Report including a Checklist, Color photos, List of Major Issues, Safety Hazards, Deferred Cost Items, Items in Need of Repair, Summary of Findings, and Tips for maintaining your home.

Home Inspection Services

Buyers, Sellers, New Home Construction..

1. Home Inspections for Home Buyers

   - Single Family Homes
   - Town Houses
   - Condominiums
   - Duplex / Triplex / Fourplex
   - Mobile Homes
   - Garage Structures

2. Pre-sale Inspections
3. New Home Construction Inspections
4. Additional Services

   - Radon-In-Air Testing
   - Water Testing
   - Walk-Through at Time of Closing
   - Consulting - Defect Recognition & Diagnosis

The inspector will cover the following areas:
* Siding, windows, roofing, vents, flashings, and trim
* Gutters and downspouts
* Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations
* Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
* Eaves, soffit and fascia
* Grading and drainage
* Basement, foundation and crawlspace
* Water penetration and foundation movement
* Heating systems
* Cooling systems
* Main water shut off valves
* Water heating system
* Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
* Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
* Electrical service line and meter box
* Main disconnect and service amperage
* Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
* Grounding and bonding
* GFCIs and AFCIs, outlets, switches
* Interior ceilings, walls, floors
* Fireplace damper door and hearth
* Insulation and ventilation, attic spaces
* Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers
* Walkways and driveways, retaining walls and fences
* Appliances
* And much more...

Why an Inspection?

Spending Hundreds May Save You Thousands

Your home is the most important and most expensive purchase you will ever make. Yet most pre-purchase home visits last less than an hour! And, unlike the other purchases that buyers make, your home often comes WITHOUT a money-back guarantee or even a return policy. This is true even if you are not satisfied with your purchase. So once you buy a home, you are on your own in its maintenance, repair, problems, and costs. This is the reason why you have to know as much about your potential home as you possibly can before you sign on the dotted line and close the deal.

Buyers

The buyer has the right to have a home inspection by a professional home inspector. The primary purpose of a home inspection is to highlight items that may be in need of repair or replacement. When you make a written offer on a home, you should insist that the contract state that the offer is contingent on a home inspection conducted by a qualified inspector. You will have to pay for the inspection yourself, but it could keep you from buying a house that will cost you far more in repairs down the road. If you are satisfied with the results of the inspection, then your offer can proceed.

The information gathered during a home inspection can also benefit the buyer by making them familiar with the home. The location of shut off valves, pump switches, heating and cooling filters, and breaker panels is all found in a comprehensive home inspection. Sometimes valves and switches are located in unusual places, particularly in older houses. The inspection process identifies and maps these items and also provides the buyer with important information about maintaining the home to make sure their investment stays safe and functional for years to come.

Sellers

Another benefit of a home inspection is that it can be one of the best pre-sale investments you make on a real estate transaction. The inspector's work benefits both the buyer and the seller, sometimes in similar ways, but often the inspection takes care of opposite sides of the same coin. If the seller purchases the inspection, the cost of the process can be factored into the asking price of the house. If the buyer has the home inspected, it is usually up to him to cover the cost, so either way, the seller is not out the cost of the inspection. Furthermore, if the home inspection points out the necessity for major or minor repairs, the buyer can insist on correcting the problems prior to closing. If any major issues are pointed out during the inspection process, the buyer can adjust the purchase price by an amount that will incorporate the cost of the repairs.

Why an Inspection?


Contact us today to set up an appointment!

A typical inspection will take approximately 3-4 hours. We strongly encourage you to be present during the inspection and to ask any question that you may have. In fact, we'll go out of our way to schedule an appointment where you can join the inspector for at least an hour. This is a great time to tap into the knowledge and experience of the inspector so you make informed decisions about your new home.