Who Else Wants an Awesome Home Inspector?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners

Having a great home inspector is a key part of purchasing a home--someone who doesn't know what they are doing could overlook a major problem with the home that may lead to some very costly fixes down the road. You definitely want someone with a lot of experience and an attention to detail.

Today I went out on a limb and tried a different inspector than I normally use; however, not without doing my homework first though! About a month ago I received an e-mail from Mark Watkins, a home inspector in my area looking for more agents to work with. He included his prices in the e-mail and they were cheaper than the inspector I was currently using so I became intrigued.

I did some research: I replied to the e-mail asking him how long he'd been in the business and if he had some referrals I could look at. He got back to me right away with an overwhelming list of 87 REALTOR names and contact information that are currently using his services. He has been doing inspections since February 2007 and prior to that he was a real estate agent for 11 years! Previous to his real estate career, he also owned a remodeling company. He's completed over 743 inspections. It definitely seemed to me he had plenty of credentials and was worth trying out.

This morning's inspection went very well! Mark was very thorough in doing his job and anytime he found even the tiniest thing wrong he would show it to my client and explain how to fix it. Also, as he was going through the home he taught my client how to take care of their home and maintain it--such as what knob to turn off before the first freeze of the fall and how often they should change out their air filters. I thought this was especially helpful since my client is a first-time home buyer.

His report was ready within two hours after the inspection and sitting in my e-mail box when I returned home from being out and about! It is very simple to read and easy to understand exactly what's wrong because he highlights the problems with photos.

I would highly recommend using Mark Watkins for your home inspections if you're in his area. He is based out of Buford, Georgia. You would have to ask him if he serves your area though.

His Prices are as Follows (Based on the Sales Price):

  • Up to $250,000 the price is $275. Add $25 if on a basement or a crawl space.
  • $250,001 to $350,000 the price is $300. Add $25 if on a basement or a crawl space.
  • $350,001 to $450,000 the price is $335. Add $25 if on a basement or a crawl space.
  • $450,001 to $550,000 the price is $375. Add $25 if on a basement or a crawl space.
  • $550,001 to $700,000 the price is $425. Add $35 if on a basement or a crawl space.
  • $700,001 to $800,000 the price is $450. Add $35 if on a basement or a crawl space.
  • $800,001 to $1 million the price is $500. Add $50 if on a basement or a crawl space.

He also has special prices on Town Houses and Condos.

If you need a home inspector that you can trust, I would call Mark Watkins. 770-527-1865

If you are in the market to buy or sell your home in the Bethlehem or Dacula area, I would be happy to assist you! My passion is helping people find their dream home and stepping them through this exciting journey. I serve the Walton, Barrow and Gwinnett county areas. Call or text me today!

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Ann Allen Hoover
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Hi Anne! Mark's fees sound very good and it seems he knows his stuff too.  I am sure he appreciates you supporting him......I would be glad to give him business with your recommendation if he worked the B'ham area.

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Kudos to you for doing your due diligence! The home inspection is a very important part of the process and, as in everything, experiece counts!

May 19, 2009 09:06 PM #2
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Jason Crouch
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Anne - Mark's pricing structure seems very reasonable/low.  I haven't actualy seen an inspector charge by sales price before.  Here in Austin, they all charge by the square footage.  Great post promoting your favorite vendor!

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Anne, great references and awesome background for Mark. Glad you found him.

May 19, 2009 10:46 PM #4
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Laura Giannotta
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Anne, this will be a great resource for home buyers and sellers in your area!  I'm with Jason, I've never heard of charging by sale price.  Another reason having a knowledgeable local REALTOR is so important!

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Mark Watkins is the nastiest person I've ever seen.  He is extremely unprofessional, lazy and hard to work with. I would never recommend him. When I showed him my concern areas, he told me to shut up.  Later he told me if I don't want his service, then he will close the inspection and I don't owe him anything. But next day he send me a bill and threatened t o sue me! He called me an “asswhole”. Please don’t bother with his fat b**tard.

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