When you are buying a property, it’s always a good idea to obtain a home inspection. A home inspector will test all of your major home systems, assess the home’s condition, and point out any areas of concern. A great home inspector will make all of this information easy to understand, and give a homeowner confidence in his or her decision to purchase the home, request repairs or terminate the deal.
Joe Barnett with Bumblebee Home Inspection is my go to inspector. He does all of this and so much more. First things first, he makes it super easy for a prospective homeowner to book an inspection with his online scheduling platform. A client can visit his website, bumblebeehomeinspection.com, and instantly see real time availability and costs for a home inspection. He’s usually available seven days a week, which is great for my clients. In the competitive Austin market it’s not unusual to have an option period of seven days or less. Joe’s availability and easy scheduling system allows for my clients to write a more attractive offer with a shorter option period. Furthermore, it may not be practical for my clients to schedule an inspection on a weekday. As a REALTOR, I know it’s important to be available on the weekends when my clients are available too. It’s great to have a reliable home inspector who understands this phenomenon too.
So, Joe makes it easy to schedule an inspection. While this is important, it wouldn’t matter if his service was not a level above the rest. Time and time again, Joe has provided my clients and I with unparalleled customer service. He shows up on-time, is professional, and does an outstanding job. He takes his time to examine the different parts of the home, and then points out areas of concern. His reports have given my clients and I the information we needed to negotiate important repairs or take thousands off the agreed upon price. When I worked with Joe personally, he helped me realize that the home I had my heart set on was simply going to be more trouble than it was worth. I withdrew my offer with confidence knowing that Joe knows what he’s talking about and owning that home would have been a complete money-pit.
In addition to being a fabulous home inspector, Joe also just knows a ton about homes. He has personal experience building and remodeling properties. When my clients have questions about making improvements to the place or remodeling, he can usually give them a rough ball-park of what it would cost and recommend best strategies. Another thing I love about Bumblebee Home Inspections is that it’s a one stop shop. Joe does termite and septic inspections too. He even has the tools to pump the septic tank, a necessary step before a septic inspection.
Above all, Joe Barnett is a stand up guy. When a ruthless listing agent refused to believe elements of the inspection report, Joe was my client’s advocate. He returned to the property to re-illustrate the problem to the listing agent directly, taking time out of his day without charging my client a dime. When another client had issues with his AC system after closing, Joe picked up his phone call and trouble shot the issue with him. He’s not just out trying to make a buck, he truly cares about my clients and his actions prove that time and time again. If you’re in need of a home inspection in the Austin area, I highly recommend you give Joe Barnett a shot. He’s gone out of his way for my clients and me countless times, and I’m sure he will deliver the same grade A service to you as well.