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Why You Should Be Present During Your Home Inspection: An Interview with Terry Freiburgr of Eagle Eye Inspections

By Terry Freiburger

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

My company is Eagle Eye Foundation & Home Inspections, LLC. I offer inspections for residential and commercial properties. In addition I offer foundation-only inspections. I also conduct radon testing. At the end of the inspections my buyer will receive a comprehensive report, including photos via email.

About how many clients would you estimate are present while you're inspecting their home?

About 90%; I strongly recommend my buyers to be present during the entire inspection.

What do you consider some of the biggest benefits of being there during a home inspection?

The biggest benefit is educational learning for the buyers; during the inspection I explain things to the buyers like how their furnace and A/C operate, proper general maintenance, and home care for the interior and exterior of a home. Another benefit of being present is a better understanding of any issues or defects found during the inspection.

Are people allowed to accompany you during the entire inspection?

When should or can they ask questions? Yes, I strongly encourage my buyers to accompany me during the entire inspection and to ask questions. Questions are best asked at the time the buyer thinks of them.

Do you have any examples of a client who saved money or had a beneficial outcome because he/she was there during a home inspection?

Here are two examples.

My buyers thought that the home they put an offer in on was on a concrete slab when in fact there was a crawlspace presence; during the inspection we all entered the crawlspace and the buyers were able to see firsthand the extensive amount of wood-rot that existed, and this knowledge impacted how they proceeded with the sellers.

The following is from an email that I received recently after sending my buyer their home inspection report - "Thank you so much Terry! I appreciate your expertise and guidance during this home buying process. You were very thorough and am grateful for the explanations and ideas as we walked through the house".

What advice do you have for people in Wisconsin who can't be present during a home inspection?

I recommend that you hire a home inspector who prepares a detailed report (not simply a checklist) that includes photos; I also recommend that they talk with the inspector about any questions after they have reviewed the report.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

Phone: 920-570-1753 or Email: stfreiburger@gmail.com

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