Overall Average: 1.0 out of 5
Yelp Review | 7.13.23
DONT LET THE FANCY PHOTOS FOOL YOU. If there is a problem, he likely will miss it.
Where do I even begin?? BEWARE!! Let me be very clear: If you buy a home that has no issues, you will likely find Maurice to be an excellent inspector. If your potential new home has any problems that require someone with expertise to identify, you will suffer severe financial expenses after you purchase the home. His reports look fancy, but as two contractors told me, they "lack any depth" whatsoever. So if you select him, pray your home is in good shape, or have a plumber, electrician, carpenter, and mold guy on standby once you move in.
The biggest issue is sewer backup, which could have been identified by running the water at the same time and turning on the diswasher and washing machine. Or running water into the outside drain (see attached photo).
The next one is sink backup (see photo), which could have been identified by running the water in the kitchen sink or doing a visual below the sink. That is an improper plumbing installation issue. The electrical connections in the kitchen are faulty, so the light doesn't turn on all of the time. The exhaust above the stove doesn't work. And lastly, the floors aren't level upstairs. I had to pay thousands to level the floors.
Another potential point: Be wary of using the inspector referred by your realtor - period. What pissed me off the most is that when I mentioned to the realtor that I had concerns with the hot water tank being at the end-of-life, the QUIET Maurice immediately said "oh, hot water tanks can last for years." He is supposed to represent MY interest since I'm paying $400 for good insight on the condition of the house. Not getting a water tank that's at the end-of-life and being told by the inspector not to worry about it. Like why say anything? I didn't ask you.
To be fair, he did alert me to the fact that the owner had animals, and he saw kitty litter hidden in the basement. I'll give him one star for that.
Maybe it's different in Atlanta. In California and Ohio, the inspectior and I both walk through the home TOGETHER, discovering what is going on at the same time, and I can see and verify that he actually tested things along the way. He did everything solo and took pictures. That looks impressive online, but I've gotten more helpful and detailed paper reports with no photos.
All of the items he did not notate cost me a "boat load" of money. I'm putting more money into the house than what it's worth. Per the plumbers' suggestion, I reached out to the inspector and asked if he could give me a partial refund. He hasn't even bothered to respond.
Meanwhile, he gave my cell phone and email information to an ADT authorized representative withiut my consent. That guy kept calling and calling until I finally had to block the number. Geesh!
I highly suggest that you DO NOT USE this inspector Maurice. He missed basic visual inspections and clearly didn't test much. Most importantly, he is on the side of helping the realtor close the deal, so beware.