Scot McLean has been a licensed home inspector in Milwaukee, and radon measurement provider, for more than 20 years in the state of Wisconsin. He served as president of the Milwaukee chapter of WAHI (Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors), and is an active member of both the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation and Wisconsin Historical Society. Scot also holds certifications with the American Society of Home Inspections (ASHI) and National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP).
WHAT TO EXPECT (Please read)
We want to take a moment to introduce ourselves and review a few items prior to your Home Inspection.
For your home inspection, please review and fill out the 3-page contract form below and sign at the lines and X, after you feel comfortable and knowledgeable.
The inspection cannot be performed without your review and signature and the return of the agreement prior to starting the inspection.
We will need to know if you are attending or not, or arriving towards the end of the inspection.
Below are the WI State Standards for Home Inspections and our contract based upon those standards. These two forms outline What Is and What Is NOT inspected clearly.
We are always available for questions, as we want you to feel comfortable with the process and any answers to your questions have all been met fully.
The inspection process is a visual one only and random testing of many items, ie doors, windows, outlets…. The inspection, is in no way is an engineering report or in any way technically exhaustive and limited to the WI Standards for Home Inspection outline.
When an issue is located, to make a more full determination an inspector will commonly recommend an evaluation by an expert like an, engineer PE, plumber, electrician, roofer for a exacting idea of what the issues all are and a pricing for their correction and or stabilization. We are Issue Spotters, looking for the curious, unconventional and unusual.
When an issue or curiosity is located, we may indicate how large an issue it might be, but we do not in any way do we give estimates or a determination for repairs or construction.
There are always items that need attention or repair. Smaller items are noted for your knowledge, but are not Real Estate items for repair by the seller typically. Larger items of Safety or high cost repairs are noted as a Significant Issue.
An evaluation for repair with a financial determination will typically be needed to be performed for your knowledge and negotiations within the constraint Home Inspection Contingency time period in your Purchase Agreement.
Are there any special issues or items you would like for me to focus on while there at the inspection?
We always request to review the Property Condition Report and any other related items, estimates or reports available. Items or issues might include basement foundation and or drain tile work, chimney, roof and the like, if there is any related paperwork, notations, reports or information that would be good to review.
Like you, we depend upon and rely upon the Condition Report for a long term historic report and knowledge of happenings, incidences, seepage and repair history. This is especially important, typically since the owner have been in the home for years, and we are there a few hours.
Know we are available to you, please feel free to ask questions now and after the inspection. Happy to assist anytime!
Owner & Milwaukee Area Home Inspector
Price was very reasonable and the service was superior. Anything that wasn’t understood was thoroughly explained without hesitation or problem. I could tell the inspector was passionate about his job and he wanted me to have a clear understanding on the findings during the inspection, Five stars truly isn’t enough… Their service is beyond great.
Scot was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. As first-time home buyers, we really appreciated how he explained everything and answered all our questions. He gave us the inspection report within 12 hours! Scot is reasonably priced and we would definitely recommend him to anyone.
I am a first time home buyer and was a little nervous about this process. I found Scot to be very friendly and thorough. He paid attention to detail and explained everything as he went along, and answered any questions I had. I highly recommend this company! Starting from the initial call with Bonnie to set up an appointment to receiving the report, I was met with friendly, thorough, helpful service.
Excellent to work with! Very thorough, and talked to me through the inspection telling me what would need to be done or what was a safety hazard. Definitely would recommend using them for your home inspection! I had my home inspection report the next day and it was very thorough and complete! We are very satisfied and happy with the outcome of the results and gives us some negotiating factors to go off of and work with the sellers! Thank you John and Scot for helping us make our home buying experience just a little bit easier, and taking a piece of stress off of us!
I was extremely pleased with the services (Home Inspection and Radon Test) provided by Towne & Country Building Inspection. Scot was very professional and very easy to do business with. He is knowledgeable and pays attention to detail, which is especially important when it comes to conducting a home inspection. Scot was very polite and was very accommodating with getting the inspection conducting in a timely manner. Scot shared his expertise during the inspection and provided additional information to help explain situations at hand. Scot provided a detailed report in the same day, which was greatly appreciated, even though not expected! I would highly recommend hiring Scot again for a home inspection or other services Towne & Country Building Inspection provides. Thank you, Scot!
I had a fantastic experience from start to finish with Towne and Country! Bonnie was wonderful with figuring out a time that worked with my busy schedule, explaining how the inspection would work, and the different options I had available. On inspection day, Scot was super thorough and went over the house really well. He was great at explaining general maintenance that I would want to keep track of from season to season. He was very detailed and definitely gave me a ton of information that I would need to know. For a first time homebuyer it was really valuable having such a great company helping me out. Made me feel much more confident in my purchase and becoming a homeowner. AWESOME EXPERIENCE!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are you licensed?
Yes we are licensed home inspectors in Wisconsin.
What do you inspect at the house?
We follow the state of WI standards of practice for home inspections. For a buyer’s inspection, we inspect the major items that most buyers want to know about. For a full list, please visit our Buyers Inspections page. Any halfway reputable home inspection company will cover all of these items; it’s a pretty standard list. What sets us apart is our knowledge, experience, attention to detail, inspection report, and passion for our work.
Can I be there for the inspection?
Definitely. We encourage our clients to attend the entire home inspection, if possible.
How much do you charge?
The cost for a Home Inspection varies depending on the location, size, and complexity of the house. Every house is unique, and our pricing varies accordingly. We find our inspection fees are mid range compared to other inspection companies, and we offer more thorough Home Inspections and superb Inspection Reports, not a cookie cutter computer or paper form. Call for exact pricing.
How will you get in to the home?
We’ll set up the home inspection with your listing agent, typically, and we’ll get the lockbox combination from them.
When will I receive the home inspection report?
Your Home Inspection Report will be emailed to you the same or following day.
Why don’t you provide your inspection reports on-site?
It takes us a long time to type up our reports. We don’t produce generic checkbox reports with three ring binders; we actually sit down at the computer and take the time to write out our reports in plain English. We’ll often spend more time writing the report than we do inspecting the house. We provide a lot of detail in our reports, and we try to write them for you the same way we would for a friend or family member. After you read one of our inspection reports, we think you’ll understand why we don’t produce the reports on site.
Can I see the inspection agreement before you do the home inspection?
Yes, we encourage you to review the inspection agreement and the Wisconsin Standards of Practice for home inspectors. We have made them available at the bottom of this page. We also encourage you to contact us about any questions you may have prior to your home inspection.