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.
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
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
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