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Our Story – NOT knowing much about houses helped.

That was back in 2003.

I’d just moved back to Kansas City and had never heard of home inspections. 

And since it was all new, I had to break it down into simple terms I could understand.  

Which helped me do the same thing for my customers and agents.

But the early years were rough. 

I was trained well, but I didn’t stand out.

And when the real estate market crashed in 2008, I had to find a job. 

Then I got fired, then got fired again from the next job. 

I got the hint and decided to go all in with home inspections, but I needed to do something different.

First, I left my franchise and started Bulldog Professional Inspection Services.

Then, I started asking questions.

I learned 5 things homebuyers, real estate agents, and real estate investors want:

  1. Be thorough
  2. Be good to people 
  3. Give simple explanations
  4. Send the report the same day
  5. Follow-up

It would be a while to work it out, but I knew I was on the right track.

I kept working and testing to get better every day. And it worked.

Today we are NOT ONLY one of the best home inspection companies in Kansas City, but also one of its best small businesses.

And the reason is simple…

We Focus On 1 Thing: Home Inspections

Professional home inspections is NOT JUST a service, it’s a profession.

It takes years to master because your home is NOT JUST an investment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars (sometimes millions), it’s an engineering marvel that controls humidity, temperature, water, natural gas, electricity, along with all the issues that come with stuffing these systems inside a wooden box that gets used and abused by people and the elements every single day.

And the same way you don’t take your home lightly, we don’t take our task lightly, either.

That’s why we aren’t the jack of all trades just to become ‘pretty good’ at several things.

Instead, we concentrate on mastering the ONLY thing that really matters: Finding, prioritizing, and helping you understand the issues in and around your home so there are not surprises later.

Period. And I’ve personally uncovered TENS-OF-THOUSANDS of defects in 14,000+ Kansas City area homes of all ages, sizes, circumstances, and conditions since I became a home inspector n 2003.

That means, while others dabble, we’ve committed our years of laser-focused attention into the areas of your home they overlook to uncover the details they miss.

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STEVE’S THOROUGHNESS WAS AMAZING…THE MOST PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION PROCESS I HAVE EVER BEEN THROUGH!

– R. JOHANNES, OVERLAND PARK, KS.

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THIS INSPECTOR NEEDS A BIG “S” ON HIS SHIRT…AND A CAPE…GREAT THOROUGH INSPECTION MR. RODRIGUEZ

– K. HOWARD, OVERLAND PARK, KS.

Here’s What You Get:

And it starts the moment you call.

1.  We will work around your schedule, be on time, discuss the major areas, answer your questions, and address your concerns.

If you can’t be there, we’ll call you and discuss over the phone.

2.  A polished home inspection using our award-winning MaxInspect Home Inspection System to create a custom experience that will make your next move (and future maintenance) crystal clear.

3.  A clear and detailed digital report delivered the same day so you never miss a deadline.

It will be easy to use and easy to understand with enhanced digital photos, and our 10Key™ Comment Method gives you exceptional details written in plain language that even my mom would understand (love you, Mom!).

4.  A follow-up phone call a couple of days later to answer any questions you might have after reading your report. 

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IT MAKES ME VERY COMFORTABLE KNOWING THAT I CAN CONTACT YOU IN THE FUTURE WITH ANY QUESTIONS I HAVE

– S. SILVERS, KANSAS CITY, MO

Would You Turn Down $12,000?

Probably not.  But you might if you chose another inspection company.1

You see, in the hundreds of follow-up discussions we’ve had over the years, we’ve found that you can expect between $3,000 and $80,000 in repairs, concessions, and price reductions after your home inspection.1

That’s an average return of 786% on your investment.2

What could you do with that?

  • Bathroom remodel? 
  • Family vacation? 
  • Paint the house? 
  • New refrigerator? 
  • New washer and dryer?
  • New car?

A Few Customers Who Saw Results Like This (and more):

Mark S. from Shawnee got a 15-year-old roof completely removed and replaced with a brand new $9,000 40-year roof because hail damage caused water leaks above his living room and dining room ceilings (damage that was missed by a previous home inspector because he didn’t even walk on the roof).

Steven G. from Lee’s Summit got $6,500 worth of foundation and basement repairs completed before he even moved in, which stopped the water that was leaking through the foundation and creating deadly mold behind the drywall – mold he didn’t even know was there.

Scott T. is a real estate investor from Colorado who got over $3,100 in plumbing drains professionally replaced in his rental property when it was discovered that it cracked his drain lines and he had a major tree root problem lurking in his front yard.

Oh, there’s Brandon H. from Liberty who had $4,300 worth of electrical work done before he even closed on the home that included new electrical service and new main panel because the old service was unsafe and the original panel was not only recalled by the manufacturer, but also full of deadly homemade wiring just waiting for the right time to arc, spark, and catch fire.

You get the picture.

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“NICE JOB STEVE–YOU SAVED ME THOUSANDS IN COSTLY BASEMENT REPAIRS. YOUR PROFESSIONALISM AND THOROUGHNESS REALLY MADE AN IMPACT”

– M. WANG, OVERLAND PARK, KS.

Here’s Exactly What You Can Expect:

1) Our goal is to help you understand the condition of your new home.

Not tell you to buy it.

Or not to buy it.

Those are your decisions.

We only want to help you understand the inspection findings clearly and completely before you leave.

2) We’ll answer all your questions and address your concerns.  

Try to show up, get involved, and ask questions.

This is an opportunity to learn from the only person qualified to help you understand your home inside and out.

3) You’ll get your report the same day.

The clock’s ticking.

And we know you’ve got important decisions to make – fast – so you’ll never have to wait for your home inspection report.

4) You’ll get a quick follow-up call in a couple days.

Your report contains alot of information.

And sometimes you’ll have a question or two after you read it.

So instead of waiting for you to call us, we’ll call you. 

Just to make sure you got the report and still have no questions.

5) Finally, we’ll help you with any problems or questions for as long as you own the home.

5 Things To Know Before Your Home Inspection

Steve looking at a house thinking about the 5 things you should know

A professional home inspection is not always the most straightforward part of the home buying process.

So, it’s pretty common for a little mystery and confusion to creep in as you’re shopping around.

This can bring up questions like…

  • Why are home inspection prices so different?
  • Can I be at the inspection?
  • What happens if something gets missed?

Let’s clear the smoke.

#1 Home Inspectors Cannot See Through Walls

#1 - Home inspectors cannot see through walls

You might have hopes for x-ray vision to help me see inside walls, under floors, above ceilings, and behind storage items.

I’d want me to have that, too, if I were you.

Because it’s the things we can’t see that scare us.

In fact, if I could choose a superpower, X-ray vision would be my second choice.

Talk about cornering the market.  No other home inspector would stand a chance (even with an IR camera).

Unfortunately, it’s not possible.

Fortunately, our 15,000+ inspections go us to where we can spot inconsistencies and hidden issues like an eagle spots a field mouse. 

Plus, all of our home inspections are guaranteed.

#2 Good Home Inspections Are Not Cheap

#2 - A good home inspector is not cheap

Because home inspections are NOT created equal.

Since 2003, I’ve personally inspected over 14,000 homes. I’ve also spent that time improving my home inspection service to avoid the same mistakes other home inspectors make.

That’s why we’re better this year than we were last year.

Or the year before. Or the year before that.

But we’re NOT JUST experienced or obsessed with improvement.

#1 – WE’RE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER HOME INSPECTION COMPANIES

Not for the sake of being different. Think ‘better’.

For example, most home inspection companies check around 400 items.

Our MaxInspect™ System, not only helps us check 100% of the items we can see, touch, and access (about 2000 in the average home), we’ve also created a process that uses gravity to help us track structural cracks and water damage to their source so we can understand the full impact these issues have on the home.

But we do more. We also know WHERE, WHEN, AND HOW to find Mystery Glitches™. These are the annoying electrical mishaps you usually find AFTER you move in that happen when someone somewhere wasn’t paying attention and did it wrong.

And we can’t forget about all the invisible missing items throughout a home that should be there but aren’t. Don’t worry, we’ll find them.

These details give you maximum clarity, maximum leverage, and maximum confidence during negotiations and after you move in.

#2 – WE BREAK IT DOWN LIKE MY MOM IS LISTENING (LOVE YOU, MOM!)

I’m talking about a 69-year old San Francisco hippie who saw the Rolling Stones play at the Altamont Speedway in 1969.

That’s why we developed the 10Key™ Comment Method for explaining defects. These are the same questions we ask ourselves and the same questions EVERY report MUST answer if you REALLY want to understand what’s happening to your home.

But we aren’t just detailed, we also explain our findings and write our reports on a 5th-grade level. Not because we don’t think you’ll understand. It’s because things are easier when they’re simple.

You get the information you need – when you need it – quickly and simply and delivered the same day.

Very few home inspectors have the experience or skill to do this.

And no one else does because it’s not taught. That’s why most people THINK home inspectors are all the same. And MOST are.

But that’s not how Bulldog does it. We imagined better and knew we could do better, so we did.

No matter who sees your report or when – it will be just as clear in 10 years as it is today.

#3 – OUR SERVICE

Alot of home buying homework happens at night so we’ll always respond to your emails and messages AFTER normal working hours.

We’ll also give you a quick follow-up call after your home inspection to make sure you got the report without any problem, answer any last-minute questions, and make sure you’re happy with our service.

#3 Home Inspectors Are Not Psychic

#3 - Home inspectors are not psychic

Unfortunately, I can’t predict the future.

And as much as I want to, it’s not possible (this superpower would be my first choice).

I’ll never be able to tell you if something will break, leak, or crack in the next hour let alone the next week, month, or year.

I wish I could, but I can’t.  No one can.

I can only see what’s happening now and use the past to anticipate future problems.

That’s why it’s imperative for all the utilities to be on in a vacant home BEFORE your home inspection.

Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom.

Because we have tons of experience and take your home inspection very seriously.

So, if something pops up or falls through the cracks, we’ll work together to find a solution.

#4 Even The Best Home Inspector Is Not Perfect

#4 - Even the best home inspector is not perfect

This shouldn’t be a surprise.

Shoot, professional baseball players make millions and only get it right 25% of the time. 

Sometimes I run late and sometimes things get overlooked, information gets misunderstood, and people get upset.

But I’m proud to report I’ve paid my dues many times over:

In fact,

Q: What do you get when you cross a new home inspector with a garage door opener and a 12-pack of soda?”

A:  Red faced, a big sticky mess, and broken garage door opener.(4)

And those are the types of mistakes you’ve gotta survive to become great at something.

But I do not take them lightly.

So, if something is my fault, I’ll take responsibility and work toward a fair solution. 

Avoid home inspectors who sounds too good to be true or don’t embrace mistakes because you don’t want to be on the receiving end when it happens.

#5 Please Let Us Know If There’s A Problem

#5 - If there's a problem, please let us know first

There’s NOTHING worse than learning about a problem through a bad review – or another person.

Because it doesn’t give us a chance to make it right.

You see, NO MATTER how experienced the home inspector, how thorough the home inspection, how careful they are, or how clear they explain things, something will EVENTUALLY go wrong.

There are just too many distractions, limitations, obstructions, and other variables during a three-hour home inspection that keep it from going perfectly EVERY time.

So, if something goes wrong after your home inspection, don’t forget that your home inspector is only human and did the best they could while they were there.

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YOU MADE THINGS EASY TO UNDERSTAND FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HOME REPAIRS.

– S. MURRAY, KANSAS CITY, MO.

My Challenge To You…

Trust your gut and call us at 816-564-3081 or Click Here to schedule your home inspection.

You have nothing to lose and a safe, comfortable home to gain.

That’s because you get a no-nonsense money-back guarantee – If you show up and get involved, but don’t feel it’s worth your time or money you don’t pay us – period.

All the risk is on me.  It’s that simple.

Make the call…I know you’ll be thrilled.

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Owner/Certified Master Inspector®
Bulldog Professional Inspection Services 

  1. This is not a guarantee or even a promise. Results always vary.
  2. Based on our current home inspection pricing.
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