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Why You Should Be Present During Your Home Inspection: An Interview with Joey Cox of Cox Property Inspections

By Joey Cox

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

With a background in construction, mainly in electrical, I decided to start Cox Property Inspections (CPI) in 2008. I was mentored by a home inspector with over 10 years experience and an A+ rating with the BBB. We perform visual non-invasive inspections of residential homes. Reports are completed and emailed the same day with color photos. Certified and fully insured, CPI is currently servicing San Diego and South Riverside Counties.

About how many clients would you estimate are present while you're inspecting their home?

I would say about 60% of clients are present during the home inspection.

What do you consider some of the biggest benefits of being there during a home inspection?

Buying a home is a major investment and it is definitely beneficial to be present. Every home is different and they typically do not come with a manual. It is important to identify where shut-off valves and breakers are for the safety of your family. Knowing these few things and seeing them first hand could help in an emergency. It is a lot easier to answer questions by showing rather than trying to explain over the phone or through email.

Are people allowed to accompany you during the entire inspection? When should or can they ask questions?

Yes and it is encouraged. There are typically two ways to approach it. 1) The client can shadow me during the inspection and ask questions as we go (takes a little longer). 2) The client looks around their new house, measures rooms, picks paint colors, etc., while I conduct the inspection, then we can review at the end and answer questions. Both ways are acceptable and equally beneficial.

Do you have any examples of a client who saved money or had a beneficial outcome because he/she was there during a home inspection?

During an inspection with the client present and shadowing me, we came across a crack in the foundation. After further inspection, the damage was more than the buyer was prepared to take on. At that moment a decision was made to bring a licensed professional in for further evaluation and to estimate cost for repair. Knowing the purchase was "as-is," they were able to make an educated decision on whether they were going to purchase the home.

What advice do you have for people in Southern California who can't be present during a home inspection?

Call multiple home inspectors and interview them. Ask questions pertaining to the age and area of the home. A qualified inspector should be able to answer all questions. Ask if they will do a review over the phone. I always email the report and give the client a few days to review and get together any questions they might have, then I will review over the phone and answer questions.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

Call or text 619.504.8031, or email

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