Walk Through Consultation

Walk Through Inspection - Columbus Ohio

Should you skip a home inspection for a Walk Through Consultation?

Absolutely not! A home inspection will provide you a professional opinion about the homes current condition. Skipping a home inspection can be financially risky. And risky for the safety and wellbeing of you and your family. You may find yourself in a competitive bidding situation. Skipping a home inspection might be something you unfortunately need to consider. Grand View Property Inspections is offering a walk through consultation as an option. Once you have decided to do an initial walk through on a potential home, bring us with you as a professional set of eyes. Even though we are unable to perform a full home inspection we can still spot things from a visual walk through that could prevent a headache in the future.

We recommend that if you do skip the home inspection that you should still get one after you purchase the home. This way you can be aware of any other issues that may present themselves down the road. Remember that we are unable to view the attic and other hard to reach places during the walk through. A complete general home inspection will allow us to provide you a better story of your home. From there you can prepare for any issues that may present themselves. We also always recommend radon testing.

Check out this article on how to make a strong offer without having to waive a home inspection. No matter what you choose make sure you are using one of the wonderful Columbus, Ohio based Realtors that have your best interests in mind. When you are ready to take the next step contact us to learn more about our walk through consultation. We charge a flat rate hourly consulting fee to do a walk through consultation.

Best Columbus Ohio Home Inspector

How To Find The Best Home Inspector

Buying a home is most likely the biggest purchase you will ever make. Even if you have experience buying houses there is always a chance that you may overlook something vital. A home inspection is crucial in helping you find these issues and bringing them to light. Grand View Property Inspections recommends that you have an inspection done prior to the purchase of the home. Or even post sale as we are in a competitive market currently. You should not skip on a home inspection because few hundred dollars now could bring to light a fixable issue that will save you thousands in the future. But how do you find the best Home Inspector in Columbus, Ohio?

Easy – you found Grand View Property Inspections so you have already successfully found one. But what are the reasons that justify this?

Tips for finding the best home inspector

There are several ways to determine if a home inspector is the right person to trust in inspecting a home you want to buy. Below are the essential things to look for when hiring a home inspector.

Should you ask your real estate agent

The answer is: absolutely! You will likely get a list of their top 3 companies they recommend. If you find that we are not listed on their list it’s because we have not had the chance to show them our value and earn their trust yet. And even if we are listed in their number one spot you should still do some more digging before just choosing any of the companies provided.

Check Reviews

Always check for Google and Facebook reviews and take the time to read some of the reviews. Even if the company is not 5 stars there could be a valid reason for that. An upset home seller might have been mad that the inspector found something that they were hiding and left a 1 star review. A home buyer might have accidentally left 4 stars. Always see how the inspection company responds and look out for honesty, ethics, and commitment to their customers.

Memberships, affiliations and certifications

At the very minimum, they should be a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) or a similar body such as ASHI.

Training and experience matter

Some inspectors have only had online training. Make sure that your inspector has had practical hands on training and experience. Joe was trained by the HomeSpection Training Institute based in Canton, Ohio which not only provides hands on training but also provides 40 years of experience through mentorship.

Are they licensed and insured?

Ohio is in the process of implementing licenses for Ohio home inspectors and this should become effective in 2021. Grand View Property Inspections has completed above and beyond the licensing requirements and is awaiting the final application process to do so. Make sure your inspector is also fully insured in the State of Ohio.

Compare Sample Home Inspection Reports

The level of detail and ease of communication in a home inspector’s report will give you an idea of their professionalism and level of thoroughness. How comprehensive are the reports? Do they describe problems in a way that you can understand easily? And do they provide enough details about the issues to make decision-making easier? You will find that the best home inspector will also be available to go over the report with you either in person or over the phone.

Do they do ancillary inspections?

An inspector who can do specialized inspections, as well as, general inspections is often better because they save you time, money, and give you a “Grand View” of the home. Additional inspections and tests that the inspector should be able to do may include; radon testing, mold testing, and wood destroying insect inspections.

How much do they cost?

Finally, how much do they cost; not in absolute terms but in terms of value provided. Choose the inspector who offers the most value, not the cheapest inspector or even the most expensive.

Do they offer any warranties or guarantees?

Make sure that you take a second to look at the warranties and/or guarantees that they offer. It is our opinion that there is only one guarantee that should even be taken seriously. That is the InterNACHI Buy Your Home Back Guarantee. Grand View Property Inspections is not the only company in town to offer this and for good reason. For more information on this please check out the link here.

Follow these simple steps to find the best home inspector in Columbus Ohio or just give us a call! When you need to know, go with Joe!


Columbus Ohio Radon Testing

National Radon Action Month – Get Tested!

The only way to know your home or building contains dangerous radon levels is to have a test performed. Not all technicians adhere to equal levels of proficiency, quality control, and business practices. The National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) is recognized by federal agencies and demanded by some state radon programs. NRPP credentials indicate to homeowners and agents the mastery of the specific skills required to successfully complete radon testing and remediation projects. Grand View Property Inspections is certified by the NRPP – Joe Deafenbaugh Certification #111488-RT and licensed by The State of Ohio Department of Health License Number: RT1620

When it comes to understanding your risk from radon exposure, your number means a lot. Radon is measured in pico curies per liter of air (pCi/L). 4.0 pCi/L is the level established by the US EPA for action. Any building testing above this level should be fixed. High radon levels can be a risk anywhere in any state. Old homes and new homes, with and without basements can have a radon problem. And two houses right next door to each other can have very different radon levels.

Average US indoor air level = 1.3 pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air). If you smoke and your radon levels are elevated, your risk for lung cancer is especially high. Smaller lungs and faster breathing rates may result in greater radon exposure in children relative to adults. Indoor radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, responsible for more than 21,000 U.S. lung cancer deaths each year. When you breathe in radon, radioactive particles from radon gas can get trapped in your lungs, where they can damage DNA as they release alpha radiation. It is National Radon Action Month – why not get tested?

Hanging Holiday Lights Safety Tips

Columbus Ohio Home Inspections - SafetyHanging Holiday Lights Safety Tips

Although holiday festivities may look a little different than normal this year, it seems that many Ohioans have gone above and beyond in decorating their homes this holiday season. If you’re planning to compete against your neighbors and to be the “Christmas Vacation House” of the block, make sure you take a couple minutes and read the following safety protocols put together by your local Columbus Ohio Home Inspector.

Inspect lights for any cord damage.

Before hanging your lights you should check each strand to make sure the cords are not frayed, as damaged cords can result in an electrical short which could injure you or cause a fire. Throw away any damaged lights and purchase new ones. Don’t forget to save those unused bulbs for replacements for years to come.

Replace any burnt out bulbs.

Make sure that you replace bulbs with the correct wattage and style. Do not install lights until you replace any broken bulbs.

Use lights made for the outdoors.

Outdoor lights are manufactured to withstand the elements such as rain, wind, or snow without being damaged or posing a risk to your home or yourself. Indoor lights have a thinner insulation which can become damaged when exposed to the cold. Reserve indoor lights for indoor use only.

Be careful when using a ladder.

When hanging lights on a roof or gutter make sure you use a ladder safely. Wear slip-resistant shoes if you have them and climb slowly. Avoid making sudden movements and make sure the ladder is installed correctly on a flat surface. We always recommend having someone hold the ladder when possible.  And always follow the 4 to 1 rule which is for every 4 feet of height you should have 1 foot away from the wall.

Don’t puncture the cords.

Try and avoid using tacks, screws, staples, or nails to hang lights. These objects can pierce through the cord’s insulation and become electrified. Not to mention the potential damage to your home. Use insulated hooks to secure the lights in place.

Most importantly remember this… It’s 2020 – so enough said!

For more tips, tricks, videos, and content, you can always scope out our Facebook and/or Instagram accounts. All of us at Grand View Property Inspections would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!




Columbus Ohio Home Inspections - COVID

COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

We have adopted the following safety protocols to ensure the safety of our clients, the homeowners, agents, and ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be limiting attendance of the inspection for the last 30 – 45 minutes after the start of the inspection.  At that time we will limit the attendance to two individuals and masks and social distancing are required in order to protect all involved in this transaction.

The final walk through will be where you will be able to ask any questions that you may have as well as to allow us to provide any insight that we may have based on the homes condition.


Should you chose not to attend the inspection we are available via phone prior to the inspection to discuss any specific questions you have about the property.  Post inspection we are available to do a phone or video call while still on the property.

We typically deliver the final inspection report to you via email the same day (in the evening) as the inspection. We will be happy to call and discuss the findings with you after the inspection, or at any time that is convenient for you.


In occupied homes, we will be wearing gloves and a mask during the inspection on the interior of the home.  We always have designated inside only shoes for every inspection and will make sure that they will be sterilized prior to the inspection.  We will only bring tools into the home when necessary and will only set them within a single designated area typically in the kitchen counter area. Post inspection we will wipe down the area with a food grade sanitizer solution.

We will not be touching or moving any personal or stored items (this is no different than our normal policy, but this is especially important for you to know during this time). This means you will need to move items to allow access to attic spaces in closets and garages, as well as electrical panels (areas where a lot of items are typically stored).