The MaxInspect™ Inspection System

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    The MOST Complete
    Home Inspection In Kansas City

    What Is It?

    As someone who knew almost nothing about construction (I spent my 20s on Navy ships), my methods started out alot like all the others.

    But with experience, I realized the guidelines in place to protect homebuyers, sellers, investors, and real estate agents also caused alot of disappointment:

    I mean, “I’m here to inspect the house and they knew I was coming, right?”

    It was frustrating.

    Then I started making minor improvements to ALL the ways I explored issues and delivered the results to you.

    I call these techniques…

    The MaxInspect™ System

    What’s So Special?

    The BEST home inspections take more than a flashlight and a ladder. 

    It takes knowing WHAT to expect – and HOW to find – the issues no matter the age, type, size, or location. 

    And each of these variations has its own unique complications.

    For example, a newer home is vastly different than a historic home (50+ years old). 

    A historic home used different materials, was built differently, and used in different ways so it was laid out differently than homes from other eras. 


    Electric appliances like stoves and central a/c units weren’t common so electrical service size was usually smaller than today.  

    Sewer lines are buried and made from rigid materials that crack, break, and get clogged so plumbing issues are also a big concern.

    Efficiency, consistency, and safety weren’t front and center, so today’s INSURANCE COMPANIES (and certain loan programs) sometimes need extra assurance that these things – and others – are up to snuff before you get a policy.

    Now, put a historic home in the country where updates happen slowly and building codes might not even exist, and you’re taking on these issues in the wild west.

    And that’s just ONE type of house.

    Go from a basement to a crawlspace, throw in termites, add sewer line problems (or septic issues), mix in a little Radon gas, and hopefully you see what I mean.

    It takes alot more than spouting construction terms, flipping switches, and poking around the attic to get a home inspection that WON’T make you want to pull your hair out after you move in.   


    It takes someone who anticipates the issues and knows which questions to ask to keep you from buying a money pit that could EASILY end up costing you thousands in gut wrenching repairs after you move in.

    And after two decades and thousands of lessons, we’ve learned HOW, WHERE, AND WHEN to look for the different types of issues so we not only CATCH the things that are MISSING but also find the defects HIDING above ceilings, inside walls, and beneath floors.

    MORE important than that, we make the results easy for you to understand so you can tell pretty quickly what to do about them.  We’ll even help.

    Who Is This For?

    Our 2000-item 100% MaxInspect™ home inspection is for ANYONE who wants to know all the details in and around the home.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re a home buyer, home seller, or real estate investor, our MaxInspect™ inspection helps you plan, budget, negotiate, and avoid inspection-related expenses down the road.

    Here’s what goes into a COMPREHENSIVE Kansas City home inspection designed to uncover maximum defects for maximum return on your investment with minimum risk and confusion:

    What We Inspect 👇🏽👇🏽

    100% Inspection

    This uncovers 85%-90% of the visible and readily available defects in and around a home. 

    While there are roughly 400 items the average home inspector must check, our 100% inspection averages 2,000 items in and around the home (depending on the home).

    What we inspect
    • Landscaping (drainage, driveway, porch, deck, and patios)
    • Roof (soffits, fascias, rake boards, ventilation, shingles (including number of layers), flashings, and chimneys2.
    • Every window1
    • Every toilet1
    • Every light and ceiling fan1
    • Every switch1
    • Every outlet1
    • All appliances (that stay with the home)
    • Operation and testing of entire plumbing system (inside the home)
    • Operation and testing of HVAC system4
    • Run water through all faucets for entire inspection3
    • Exterior (siding, outlets, windows, window wells, foundation, and retaining walls)
    • Attic (insulation, ventilation, ductwork, electrical wiring, roof deck, and rafters)1
    • Every door1
    • Every ceiling (including stains and cracks)
    • Every floor (for waviness and unevenness)
    • Every air vent1
    • Every garage (including firewalls and openers)
    • Foundation (for movement, cracking, and water seepage)
    • Testing and inspection of entire electrical system (inside and out)

    In a nutshell, we will report on 100% of the items we can test, touch, see, smell, and hear – WITHOUT exception.

    1Must be accessible
    2Must be safe
    3When the home is vacant
    4Cooling system when outside temp. >65°F

    Gravity Flow™ Process

    Movement and moisture cause more damage than we see on the surface.

    And because gravity is CONSTANTLY pulling things down, we follow these problems as far as we can to help you understand how far they go and how concerned you should be.

    Mystery Glitch™ Technique

    Sometimes finding problems is MORE like a riddle than a home inspection.

    You know the quirks you sometimes find in a home?  That’s a MYSTERY GLITCH.

    We track, isolate, and reveal those random – and sometimes annoying – peculiarities that require a little more finesse to find because they’re HIDDEN from plain sight.

    Things like:

    • A hallway light that doesn’t work until another switch is flipped
    • A ceiling fan that’s controlled in another room
    • A shower leak that trips a circuit breaker
    • A garbage disposal that turns on the microwave

    You get the picture. And there are dozens of situations like this.

    It takes years to learn which things go wrong, where it could be, and how to troubleshoot.  

    Every home is DIFFERENT, so knowing what to expect is impossible.

    But that’s a skill we bring to your home inspection.

    10Key™ Comment Method

    Finding the defects is only half the battle.

    Once we find them, YOU need to understand WHERE it is and WHAT’S happening so you can make the right choice for yourself. 

    That’s why we answer 10 key questions about the defects we find:

    1. What happened?
    2. Where is it?
    3. What caused it?
    4. What will happen if it’s ignored?
    5. Any signs of past problems?
    6. Any signs of past repairs?
    7. Is it a major concern?
    8. What do I recommend?
    9. Has it affected anything else?
    10. Has it damaged any surrounding areas?

    These are the 10 questions every report MUST answer if you hope to understand each defect and the impact it has on the home.

    You’ll get them in plain English so they’re QUICK and EASY for you – or anyone else who reads it – to understand.

    World-Class Digital Report

    The home inspection report is glue the binds this whole things together. 

    In fact, your home inspection is only as good as your home inspection report.

    It’s the tool you’ll use to NEGOTIATE with your sellers, decide your next steps, budget for maintenance and repairs, understand your home, and what your wife will use to make your honey-do list (don’t say I didn’t warn you) 🤷🏽‍♂️.

    It’s also the only thing you keep when it’s over, the only shred of proof the home inspection took place, and the backbone of the entire process.

    Which means the home inspection report is a BIG part of your investment.

    That’s why we put SO MUCH effort into making it easy-to-understand, easy-to-navigate, and just as useful in 5 or 10 years as it is today:
    • No clutter
    • Easy to navigate
    • Easy to forward
    • Easy to download
    • Easy to understand
    • 10Key™ Comments
    • Enhanced and labeled digital photos
    • Summaries to put things in perspective
    • Same-day delivery

    30 Min. Home Inspection Checklist - Only $18.99

    Would YOU Like To Check The Bones YOURSELF Before The Home Inspection?

    This no-nonsense field guide is based on our Major-Items Inspection and will help you decide BEFORE your home inspection if the home has good bones or is just a money pit in disguise.
    Inner pages sample - 30 Min. Homebuyer's Major Items Inspection
    Mention your purchase when scheduling and get $20 off your home inspection.

    Sample Home Inspection Reports

    We only use 10key™ comments inside our premium home inspection reports.

    These are explanations that use conversational language to answer the most important questions every report should ask if you want to understand the full scope of each issue and the impact is has on the home.

    The premium home inspection report also includes enhanced photos to help you – and anyone else – take a closer look at the details.

    Plus, your premium home inspection report includes safety, major, and maintenance summaries that help you put things in perspective.

    Sample Premium Inspection Report of 6-Year-Old Home

    Sample Premium Inspection Report of 60-Year-Old Home

    Sample Premium Inspection Report of 115-Year-Old Home

    Compare Inspections

    Items Full 5-Point
    2. EXTERIOR . .
    Foundation YES YES
    3. COOLING . .
    Type of system YES YES
    Refrigerant lines YES YES
    Air distribution YES YES
    Condenser unit YES YES
    Evaporator unit YES YES
    Operating controls YES YES
    4. ROOF . .
    Gutters YES YES
    Downspouts YES YES
    Roof covering YES YES
    Flashings YES YES
    Soffits and fascias YES YES
    Roof ventilation YES YES
    Skylights YES YES
    Chimneys YES YES
    Penetrations YES YES
    6. ATTIC . .
    Roof structure YES YES
    Attic access YES YES
    Skylights YES YES
    Chimneys YES YES
    Penetrations YES YES
    Insulation YES YES
    Ventilation YES YES
    Fans YES YES
    Exhaust YES YES
    Circuit wiring YES YES
    13. BASEMENT . .
    Foundation YES YES
    Walls YES YES
    Rim joists YES YES
    Floor joists YES YES
    Smoke detector YES YES
    Floor YES YES
    Ceiling YES YES
    Sub-floor YES YES
    Columns YES YES
    Beams YES YES
    Posts YES YES
    Circuit wiring YES YES
    15. HEATING . .
    Energy source YES YES
    Operating controls YES YES
    Flues and vents YES YES
    Heat in living spaces YES YES
    Furnace enclosure YES YES
    Heating equipment YES YES
    Safety controls YES YES
    Heat distribution YES YES
    CO detector in space YES YES
    16. PLUMBING . .
    Water supply YES YES
    Interior drains YES YES
    Interior waste YES YES
    Interior vents YES YES
    Water heater YES YES
    Water main valve