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Why Architectural Building Inspection, Inc.?

There are many building inspectors for you to choose from. So why should you choose ABI? Here is a glimpse at what defines ABI and what makes our inspections right for you.

ABI's Ethos

A property--be it a home, a condominium, an apartment complex, or a commercial building--is a huge investment. We pour our time, our money, our efforts and, try as we may to avoid it, our hearts into them. At ABI, we consider the pre-purchase building inspection an opportunity for buyers to get to know their buildings before they commit to them. And we feel that our primary role in that process is to provide our clients with as much information as possible, so that they can make good, informed decisions about their buildings' purchase and care.

How is ABI different from other inspection firms?

Though many people may be involved with a single real estate transaction, not all of them will share your goals and objectives for the property. Contractors may have one agenda, the seller of the home another, and the real estate agent a third. When you hire a home inspector, you expect him or her to look out for your interests alone and deliver an accurate and objective evaluation of the property. However, when faced with pressure from so many different  sides, it is not uncommon for inspectors to misjudge or overlook important points about the property.

Having been fortunate enough to get involved with the building inspection business when it began, ABI has always been able to adhere to a strict moral and ethical code. Whether the news about the property is good or bad, our inspections and reports are always independent and unbiased. This is why over 90% of our business is generated through referrals from past clients, attorneys, and other professionals who know that ABI's only interests in the purchase of a client's building are the client's own.

What can I expect from an ABI General Building Inspection?

With almost 30 years and over 15,000 buildings under our belt, we at ABI feel comfortable calling our building inspection process a science. Our General Building Inspections run between 3 and 4 hours, depending on the size, age, and quality of the building and property.  We use this time to check and assess over 300 items in and around the building and, immediately following the inspection, sit down with you to go over our areas of concern, and to give you the opportunity to ask questions about and clarify our findings in person. Two to three business days later, we issue (via fax and/or mail) a detailed narrative report.

What kind of written report will I receive? 

ABI General Building Inspection Reports run anywhere from 40 to 80+ pages (again, depending on the size, age, and quality of the building and property).  They are clear, coherent, and worded for all audiences, non-technical and technical alike. Reports both detail our findings (descriptions of componentsí type, quality, existing and foreseeable defects, remaining serviceable lives) and, where problems are found, indicate their severity and possible effects on related components. We also provide corrective, improvement, and/or maintenance suggestions and, for an additional charge, will include a complete, separate listing of priorities and cost estimates for care and correction.

As a whole, ABI's General Building Inspection Report will serve not only as a one-time property evaluation, but also as an in-depth, hand-tailored manual that will remain a valuable guide to maintaining your home for, well, as long as you call it home.   

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Last Updated: 5/24/05