I like experts who speak in plain English that’s easy for a layman to understand. That’s why Bob Murphy of Camelot Inspections is one of my favorite home inspectors and I’ve recommended him to many home buyers.
What is a Home Inspector?
I recently asked Bob to describe a home inspector to me. He said, “A home inspector is generalist with a trained eye. They are required to have some knowledge of every system in your home. Those systems include structure, plumbing, electrical, Heating and A/C, etc. The term ‘house detective’ is a very fitting description. We look for little clues that add up to a big picture called ‘whole house phenomenon’.”
People hire home inspectors because, “A buyer needs a home inspection to give them some knowledge of what they are buying before it becomes theirs. This includes knowledge of defects, upgrades, and maintenance cost.”
As you might expect, Bob is pretty passionate about home inspection. He says, “The home inspection should be a required part of the transaction. The appraisal,title search, and even termite inspection are required. Why?? To protect the lender! So who is there to protect the interest of the buyer?”
Alana, meet Bob
Recently, Alana H. was referred to me by a prior client and frankly she was one of the nicest clients I’ve ever had the honor of serving. After her purchase was negotiated she requested a home inspector so I recommended Bob’s services. Alana was a first-time home buyer, so she wanted Bob to give her new home the once-over.
Bob told her, “Food for thought….You cannot buy a car and register it without an inspection. That is a matter of public safety.
“So why then is the public permitted to make the biggest purchase of their lives without an inspection?”
Bob meets the house
Bob has seen many immediate safety issues in all types of houses. Bob met Alana and I at her new townhouse in Reston VA. He immediately unpacked his gear and began to go to work. Like any good home inspector, Bob started with the exterior and checked out the house from the foundation to the roof. He checks downspouts, guttering and any potential problem or maintenance issues.
After getting inspecting the home’s interior Bob goes to work on the interior. He pulls out the flashlight and pokes around in dark corners, in the attic and in the crawl space. As he works Bob shows the homeowner what he’s doing and where potential problems can hide.
As part of his general practice Bob pulls the electrical box, checks the plumbing and applicances. He checks out major systems like the heating and air conditioning.
Bob is especially helpful with the first-time home buyer. As a first-time buyer, you’ll find out what systems need attention. If you have and questions, ask Bob, he’s there to help.
When all is said and done, Bob will prepare a report tailored to your home, so you’ll know exactly where you stand. He supplies a helpful book with tips and answers to some of the questions you might not even remember to ask.
It’s always good to learn that the home is in good shape! Bob is available to inspect houses, townhouses or single family homes in Maryland or Northern Virginia.
Properties in Focus
$949,750 : 3501 Barkley Dr, Fairfax 22031
4 beds, 3 full baths
Living area: 2,976 sqft
Year built: 1959
Days on Market: 0
$340,000 : 1541 Lincoln Way #101, McLean 22102
2 beds, 2 full baths
Living area: 1,050 sqft
Year built: 1988
Days on Market: 13
$1,750,000 : 1013 Ware St SW, Vienna 22180
5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
Living area: 5,074 sqft
Year built: 2021
Days on Market: 16
$515,000 : 6045 Clerkenwell Ct, Burke 22015
3 beds, 2 full, 2 half baths
Living area: 1,496 sqft
Year built: 1977
Days on Market: 0
$475,000 : 9270 Sprucewood Rd, Burke 22015
3 beds, 2 full baths
Living area: 1,240 sqft
Year built: 1972
Days on Market: 5
$2,095,000 : 606 President Ford Ln, Alexandria 22302
5 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths
Living area: 7,399 sqft
Year built: 2018
Days on Market: 61
$5,499,000 : 7712 Georgetown Pike, McLean 22102
6 beds, 8 full, 2 half baths
Living area: 12,438 sqft
Year built: 2005
Days on Market: 494
$190,000 : 1121 Arlington Blvd #818, Arlington 22209
1 beds, 1 full baths
Living area: 716 sqft
Year built: 1955
Days on Market: 0
$725,000 : 6402 14th St, Alexandria 22307
2 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
Living area: 1,380 sqft
Year built: 1942
Days on Market: 12
|About the Author — Will Nesbitt is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and maintains Condo Alexandria. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.|