Beacon Home Inspection Services
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14 years in business
8 hires on Thumbtack
812 Upland Rd. West Palm Beach 33401 William was prompt. Price was competitive. He uses IR camera for the inspection and I would say this tool is a must for anyone getting a home inspection. It found some items on my house. His inspection of the roof inspection was accurate and consistent with other roofing contractor's determinations. I was disappointed with several things. 1) Do not pay for a mold test. If you actually have mold you will have to pay for it again if you need a company to do any work. Mold was in my attic but Beacon did not want to test the mold there, only in the living space. 2) They found evidence of a repair from termite damage but did not continue to look at the extent of the condition. In my case, I looked at every joist and found 4 joists repaired but 12 joists and a section of floor support also had damage. 3) There was a section of the chimney that pulled away from the wall (gaping crack). Since there was a smell of mold I asked that this section of the attic be looked at. I also ended up inspecting this and confirming the mold present in the attic.Dec 15, 2014VerifiedWilliam S.'s reply
Thank you for business Philip. As I explained during your inspection and your walk-through.... (1) The reason we perform indoor air quality sampling is to determine the quality of the indoor air. At the time of the inspection there were no significant signs of visible mold inside the home nor did we detect any mold by smell. However the moisture content of your walls for roughly 20% of the home was above 50% reaching 90+% in some areas and around the chimney. This is well above the 17% moisture content that mold needs to begin to develop. Had the walls of this home been your average gypsum board walls instead of plaster there would have been no need for testing. With a moisture content that high the home would have been full of mold and a full remediation would most likely have been necessary with post remediation testing to follow. It is only due to the fact that we do have the best equipment and I am one of the most experienced home inspectors in south Florida that I was able to determine and lay out all areas of concern for moisture as well as the conditions that were conducive to mold growth during your inspection. (2) As far as the termite damage is concerned. There was limited access into the crawlspace. The termite damage that was found was from inspecting the under side of the structure from the exterior. This was sufficient enough, and the repairs to the damaged areas appeared to be so poor and improper that I advised you that you would need a structural engineer for further evaluation (prior to closing) which was correct. ON A SIDE NOTE. IN FEBRUARY OF 2014 THE SELLER PURCHASED THIS HOME AND HAD THE PROPERTY INSPECTED BY A DIFFERENT HOME INSPECTION COMPANY AS WELL AS AN INDEPENDENT TERMITE COMPANY AND NEITHER COMPANY IDENTIFIED THE TERMITE DAMAGE, STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OR THE MOISTURE ISSUES IN TH HOME. Your Realtor told you that there was a clear termite report while we were performing the inspection. I'm sure given a choice, the seller wishes he would have hired Beacon Home Inspection Services for his initial inspection. (3) As to the mold in the attic I informed you that there was a heavy odor of mold in the attic. I even put on a mask while inspecting the attic. I would have been glad to pull another air sample for you from the attic but it wouldn't have told you anything that I hadn't already told you. I didn't think it was necessary to perform or charge you for an extra air sample. As I understand it the home needs $100,000 in repairs. This was determined as a direct result of the home inspection that we provided for you. My clients usually appreciate the home inspections that I provide especially when we keep them from buying a money pit. If you have any more questions regarding your inspection or your report please don't hesitate to call. We are always here to help.
The inspection process was fast. William is a kind person, better than he looks in his personal picture on his website, ha ha.Nov 24, 2014Verified
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I started my career back in 1981 by taking classes in HVAC, electrical, plumbing and stationary engineering at Tampa Bay Technical high school. After graduating from high school I moved into maintenance in the hotel industry in 1986 and continued my education at Tampa Bay Technical Institute. In 1990 I moved into the multi-family housing industry where I remained until 2004 opening up and overseeing the construction of multi million dollar properties such as City Place Residential and The Strand in downtown West Palm Beach and properties in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa and Fort Myers. In 2004 I left The Strand and started working full time for General Electric repairing appliances and part time inspecting homes for the previous owner of Beacon Home Inspection Services. In 2010 I bought out the owner of Beacon Home Inspection Services, revamped the business and have been one of the top home inspection companies in South Florida ever since.
- What types of customers have you worked with?Home inspections, mold inspections and mold testing services, wind mitigation Inspections, 4 point inspections, termite inspections, pool and spa inspections, well water testing, lead paint testing and much more.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?You'Âve done your homework, saved your money, found the best Realtor in Palm Beach County. You'Âve spent countless hours looking for the right home. Now that youÃÂve found it, let Beacon Home Inspection Services LLC make sure your buying the home of your dreams's and not someone else's nightmare. When it comes to the overall safety and health of your family, home and investment, there are no substitutes for experience, training and your home inspectors due diligence. There are so many hazards in the modern American home today whether it be from an environmental, structural, or a mechanical issue. Choosing the right home inspector is just as important as choosing the right home. You want someone who is experienced in all aspects of the home inspection process. Someone who has a working knowledge of what it takes to maintain a home so he/she can pass that knowledge on to you. Above all else, you want a home inspector that has your families safety in mind. At Beacon Home Inspection Services your safety is our top priority. You'll also want to make sure that your home inspection service provider is licensed and insured. Ask your home inspector what type of report he/she will provide. After all the report is what it's all about. If you can't understand it it's not worth the paper it's printed on. At Beacon Home Inspection Services we provide only the best reports. Our home inspection reports are computer generated. They are a narrative type report with edited photos depicting areas of concern as opposed to a check list that is very vague and lacking in detail. It's very important to choose a home inspector that is affiliated and certified through one of the national associations such as InterNACHI or ASHI. I am a proud member of InterNACHI and I'll be the first to admit that even with all of my experience and knowledge, without the continuous education and certifications from InterNACHI, my business wouldn't be half of what it is today. If you have any questions feel free to give me call. Sincerely, William Scott Beacon Home Inspection Services LLC