Have you bought or sold a home recently? It ranks among the most stressful situations you’ll engage in during your lifetime. During this time of transition we inevitably wrestle with the “what ifs” so often out of our control. What if the offer is rejected? What if our house doesn’t sell and we find one we want to buy? What if the appraisal is low? And a big one for all buyers and sellers—what will the home inspection find?
Real estate agents make the perfect partners in this process, bringing their knowledge and expertise to navigate the myriad of complicated steps involved in buying and selling a home. However, when it comes to the home inspection, South Sound agents know to turn to a trusted partner, ensuring their client has clear answers to the “what ifs” dealing with the physical condition of their soon-to-be home.
Olympia-based Van Dorm Realty agent Cheri Wilkins has been assisting clients in the search for their dream home for more than 20 years. She’s participated in her fair share of home inspections, some of which turned up hidden issues that greatly impacted the purchase and sale of a home. Ten years ago, Wilkin’s sister introduced her to a new South Sound inspector and urged her to give him a call.
Dwayne Boggs had just launched Boggs Inspection Services and was building partnerships with local agents, offering his signature brand of clear, concise and precise inspection reports. After Wilkins’ first few times through Boggs’ easy-to-follow report style with its simple yet accurate explanations, she was hooked.
“Dwayne is always clear and concise. His team never tries to scare people with their findings. His inspectors explain clearly what’s needed in the house and [they are] careful to not alarm [people] with building terms they don’t understand,”shares Wilkens. In addition to the report, Boggs inspectors personally walk homebuyers through each item noted in the report, pointing out the trouble spots. Giving clients sound advice on which issues are red flags and which are merely cosmetic is of great value to Wilkins.
Wilkins’ knows she’ll get a great report and loves that she can get it fast. “Dwayne and his team are always available, usually the day we call or by the next morning. That keeps our transaction moving and allows buyers to move towards closing more quickly,” she explains.
Inspections don’t have to wait until an offer is made, either. Boggs Inspection Services offers home pre-inspections for those looking to sell. Identifying and addressing problem areas prior to listing makes a home more appealing to buyers and speeds the process when an offer is made.
“One unique thing Dwayne’s team offers is inspections for seniors,” says Wilkins. Boggs Inspection Services is a member of the Senior Action Network and works with local seniors to help make sure their homes are in good working order as they age. “Often seniors have been in their home for a while and are no longer able to maintain it in the same way that they used to. Boggs inspectors can look under the house or check the electrical and give seniors peace of mind that their home is safe,” says Wilkins.
Lacey based agent Phil Sharp also sites Boggs Inspection Services as a top choice for his clients’ home inspections. Sharp specializes in the relocation of military families to the JBLM area. This often results in clients buying homes sight-unseen while living at a base overseas.
“Dwayne and his team offer a consistent inspection experience every time. I know my clients will get a clear, concise and easy to read report within a day of inspection,” explains Sharp. “When working with home buyers located in Germany or Korea, for example, the written report with its excellent photos is invaluable.” When buyers are unable to attend, Phil joins the inspectors as they look over the home and knows the Boggs team will be available to answer any questions his clients have over the phone when they are done.
What truly sets the Boggs team apart for Sharp is their communication and precision. The relationship between buyer and seller is key during a real estate transaction. A quick turnaround on an inspection, preventing the property from remaining as “pending” can significantly influence negotiations and ultimately the buyers chances of getting the home.
“Time is of the essence in real estate, particularly when I have clients staying in a hotel or scheduled to fly into the country soon,” says Sharp. “With Dwayne’s team, we get a fast and comprehensive inspection that is valuable to buyers and sellers.”
Real-estate agents are invaluable in helping navigate the often confusing terminology and paperwork when buying or selling a home. And agents know to gather an ace support team to facilitate the process. Cheri Wilkins and Phil Sharp both look to Boggs Inspection Services to ensure the critical home inspection goes as smoothly, clearly, and quickly as possible.
“What Dwayne and his team bring to the table is great,” says Sharp. “It’s what I, and my clients, need.”
To schedule an inspection, call Boggs Inspection Services at 360-480-9602.