Since 1994, A-Pro has been helping its clients make smarter, better and more informed decisions as they buy or sell a home. As one of the leading West Palm Beach Home Inspection service companies, A-Pro not only offers you the best possible home inspection, service, and value, but also provides you with the peace of mind that your investment is protected through our 587-point inspection.
There are specific forms associated with HUD homes and their inspections. A HUD home is a property acquired by HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) as a result of a foreclosure action on an FHA-insured mortgage. HUD becomes the property owner, offers it for sale and then sells it at market value as quickly as possible. HUD properties are sold as-is with no warranty and no repairs should be performed on a property until after the new owner has taken possession. It is critical when purchasing a home sold by HUD to get an A-Pro Inspection as soon as possible for several reasons:
(1) The inspection may uncover a condition that makes the buyer choose to walk away from the deal and just forfeit the earnest money. A foreclosure is highly likely to have had maintenance ignored and the home to be neglected even abused.
(2) The home is vacant and the time to actual closing is often extended in a HUD transaction, any new damage occurring before closing has a realistic chance of being covered by HUD if well documented.
Choosing the correct home inspector is like choosing the right home. Why? Because many homes – newly built or existing – have defects that only a trained professional will spot. A highly trained and CHI® and PHI® Certified Home Inspector can find defects that can save you thousands of dollars in repair bills.
Many newer windows have more than one pane of glass. The area between each pane is either airtight or filled with an insulating gas thus creating a temperature barrier. If the seal around the pane is “broken” it can allow air and/or moisture to enter and reduces the thermal efficiency of the window. Replacing the seal is a job for a professional window glass contractor; however, a homeowner can perform a quick window seal inspection a few times a year as follow:
As necessary, have a professional home inspector provide a second opinion before buying a replacement pane or window. Most units will require removal and replacement instead of permitting for an on-site repair.
WE SAFEGUARD SELLERS FOR 120 DAYS WITH OUR UNPRECEDENTED “CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED HOME PROGRAM”
Today, home inspections are conducted in the interests of the buyer alone. But A-Pro has changed all that with our 120-Day Guarantee available to sellers.
Now, listed homes that are inspected by our CHI master inspectors carry the status “Certified Pre-Owned HOME,™” a meaningful designation that goes a long way in helping to ease the concerns of a potential buyer.
As a seller, you want to make your home as attractive a value as possible.
Making it an A-Pro “Certified Pre-Owned Home” gives you a distinct selling advantage.
That’s because your home will have undergone a complete, 500-point inspection before it goes on the market, which means it’s guaranteed against hidden and undiscovered problems that might otherwise delay (or even kill) the sale transaction. The benefits of and A-Pro Pre-Certified Inspection help create a powerful marketing tool that can be used during the process of selling a house:
A-Pro Home Inspection Service was established in the New Orleans area in 1994 with a goal to serve the area’s need for affordable, professional home inspection services. A-Pro saw a pressing need in the Home Inspection Industry for a marketing system that better addressed the needs of real estate agents, vendors, and home-buyers frustrated by unexpected repair problems and costs in the home inspection process.
A-Pro’s idea was simple: deliver fast, detailed service that customers could rely on with confidence. This philosophy was echoed in the company’s unique warranty statement: “If We Don’t Report It…We Repair it.”™ From this idea rose concepts that revolutionized the home inspection industry, such as the “All-in-One”™ plan which guarantees both the “home inspection” and provides the client with a “no further evaluation” guarantee (most home inspectors find problems then tell you you need to get the house reinspected with another party, e.g. plumber, roofer, etc). The guarantee is free and provides protection for 120-days after inspection. A-Pro also taught’s the most comprehensive and professional reports in the industry, 24-hour/7-day-a-week availability, and other services designed to save customers time, money and aggravation.
The company’s unique home inspection system proved hugely successful, and soon A-Pro was handling thousands of inspections annually, in addition to training and certifying hundreds of new home inspectors. Through referrals and marketing programs, the company’s client base grew. A-Pro, which includes a staff of engineers, public relations, marketing, and administration professionals, is now the largest residential inspection company in Greater New Orleans. Today, company growth has allowed A-Pro to offer franchise opportunities to people who want to join the burgeoning home inspection industry with a proven company.
A FREE Home Radon Test for
The Entire Realtor Community.
Dear All Agents:
As a real estate agent, you probably recommend radon
testing to your clients.
But have you ever had your own home tested?
Dennie Edwards — a real estate agent of 31 years —
That is… not until he discovered a 4.5 centimeter mass on
his left lung.
It was cancerous.
He would soon discover that the radon levels in his home
were nearly two and a half times the EPA’s recommended
I just came across his story (at right) and as someone in a
strong position to do prevent this sort of thing from
happening… I decided I was going to do something about
That’s why A-Pro is offering a free home radon
test to anyone in the local Realtor® community.
As a home inspector, and someone whose business has been blessed and prospered at the hands of so many Month, Day 2007 agents in this community… it’s the least I can do.
I also think it’s a great way to increase awareness… and
ensure that real estate agents recommend radon testing
to their clients NOT just for liability sake — but because
radon exposure is as preventable as it is dangerous.
That goes for your home, too!
So call now for your free radon test, a $175 value,
and learn a bit more as I test your home for dangerous
levels of this invisible killer.
With kindest regards,
A-Pro Home Inspectors
P.S. It’s okay to pass this along to other Realtors in your
organization. This free radon testing is available for the
home of ANY local real estate agent in areas that A-Pro franchise owners serve.
Radon is an
invisible killer. Get
Real Estate Agent
and Cancer Survivor
Dennie Edwards tells his story:
“In April of 2004, I had a
very bad cold, so my
doctor performed a chest
x-ray to check for
pneumonia. I’ve never
smoked, so you can
imagine how shocked I
was that he found a 4.5
centimeter mass in my left
Even though I’ve been a
real estate agent for 31
years, I had never
bothered to test my house
for radon. I always
informed my clients that radon testing prior to
purchase was an option
(to protect my liability),
but truthfully, I really
didn’t care if they
tested or not.
Now I had to wonder
whether my lung cancer
had been caused by radon
exposure. While the
doctor scheduled my
surgery, I scheduled a
radon test. The result was
10 pCi/l, (two and a half
times the EPA’s
Level). I had lived in the
home for 12 years…
Two days later I had
surgery. I thought I was
surely going to die. When I
woke up choking with
tubes in my throat, panic
set in. They had removed
my entire left lung.
I’m getting better. I can
walk up to a mile. But, I
can no longer dance, lift
things, or exert myself. My
clients now get a very
personal testimonial about
the importance of testing
Free Radon Test for Real Estate Agents
* Not available in all areas. Call toll free to see if we have an A-Pro inspector near you.
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Existing home sales rose in April to hit the highest rate since November 2009, pointing to an ongoing recovery supported by low interest rates and pent-up demand, according to data released Wednesday.
According to the National Association of Realtors existing-home sales rose 0.6% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.97 million,
With an annual potential of over 5 million transactions (translated into an estimated $1.8 billion in home inspection fees) the home inspection business is booming.
A-Pro® Home Inspection Franchise is a family-owned company founded in 1994 by Greg Mangiaracina, a longtime home inspection professional, Past Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Licensing Board for Home Inspectors and co-author of the book “How to Market a Home Inspection Business.”
I’m sure you have watched those television reality shows and know the nightmares that can arise from home renovations when done incorrectly. Subpar materials, poor workmanship or jobs left incomplete.
Our Inspectors can assess a renovation job near completion to make sure everything is being done correctly.
This can save you time, money and a whole lot of hassle, if your contractor hasn’t completed your renovations properly.
Wall/ Ceiling Surface Cracks: Don’t be surprised if you notice minor movement of cracks owing to normal settling and shrinkage. But if your monitoring turns up dramatic movement, be alerted that repair may be in order.
Wood Framing: Insect infestation and rot are the two archenemies of your basement’s exposed wooden structural components. You can usually tell if these threats are present if the components are sagging.
Foundation Walls: A certain amount of dampness (owing to creeping moisture)—and thus some deterioration– is to be expected in older foundation walls. Be sure to fill any cracks and voids so that you can monitor any movement between twice-a-year inspections. Note: Make sure to provide access hatches to all crawl space areas.