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I am the realtor representing the buyer and I was present during the inspection. The end verbal inspection report was done while my client the buyer was on a video phone call. The sellers were present as well.The inspector resumed his inspection with a clear statement that the house had only ''minor details'' to fix and was well maintained. Then we received a written report. The presentation was very confusing, adding legal disclaimers and affirmations to every paragraph so at one point one doesn't know if it is the house described or the legal disclaimer. The list of deficiencies was long and items were declared not operational. Example: the Jacuzzi tub: not working. The inspector did not fill in the tub enough, so the system did not start. If he had said this at his verbal report we could have shown him. Same wrong affirmation for the pool heater, he said it did not warm up normally, just because he did not wait long enough, for the AV duct work in the attic and for some electric ''deficiencies" . A day after an AC company and an electrician chosen by the buyers stated that the report was not accurate, about the AC, pool heater, Jacuzzi and electric repairs. My buyers were deeply stressed that's why I asked immediately some professional companies to verify the report. I would never recommend 5th Avenue Building inspection.

User's recommendation: Bad experience.

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#2434470 Review #2434470 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Same bad experience about 5th Ave Building Inspectors

5Th Avenue Building Inspections - Same bad experience about 5th Ave Building Inspectors
Beware of this inspection company!! They are bad news. They completely misinform and exaggerate anything they can to cause doubt and kill your home sale. I have proved that they have written a false report with regard to my roof. We had prior wind mitigation reports with pictures showing my roof had wraps and they wrote it had clips amongst other things that were incorrectly stated. report attached. We had our sprinkler system piping replaced recently and added sprinkler heads and they stated it was old and at the end of it's life...they state that the lifespan of a clay/concrete roof lifespan is 22 years when it's probably 25-30 years they blow everything out of proportion they killed my sale. Do not use this company and if someone wants to use them refuse them access.

User's recommendation: Do NOT use this company..they should lose their license.

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#2432668 Review #2432668 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Inspector gave a glowing report of the Condo; yet presented a written report that not only contradicted his oral report, but indicated a cost of approximately $7K of repairs because of safety issues.

Inspector gave contradictory statements about the condition of the condo, which we were purchasing: 1.He gave a glowing oral presentation of condo's condition, yet his written report contradicted the actual condition of the unit. 2.He indicated the building was built in 1977, but the advertised online condo indicated the building was built in 1981. 3.When questioned about his oral report and was shown defects[e.g.an inoperative glass top stove with a nickel-sized hole; and an inoperative toilet with rusty,decaying inner parts held together by foil] he tried to rationalize what he had previously said. 4.His written report included over $25K estimated repairs and replacements primarily because of safety issues; yet his oral report said everything is in excellent working condition.. 5.We complained to the owner and the inspector after receiving these contradictory reports and requested return of the inspection fee; however, the owner would not allow us to verbally discuss our dissatisfaction. 6.We voided the contract with the sellers .

User's recommendation: Make sure that you check with BBB about service providers before you employ them. This company is not a member of BBB; therefore, only use providers that are recommended by BBB.

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#2266810 Review #2266810 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Don’t let them in your house!!

5th Avenue was hired by the buyers of our home to complete an inspection prior to the sale of the home. To quote another reviewer, "this company is a deal killer!" The inspector spent under two hours in our home, and returned a report that made our $1 million dollar waterfront home sound like it was falling down around our ears, panicked our buyers, and is in the process of tanking our sale, all for false or exaggerated findings, several of with he was not qualified to make. The worst of these is that, even though he is not a state certified termite inspector, the inspection report states that the inspector found termites in the home, and that the home "will require some type of treatment." We immediately hired a state certified termite inspector who came out, completed a thorough inspection, and declared the home termite free. Despite the state issued certificate, which we had to pay for, the damage was already done from the buyers perspective. The wording in the report was not only irresponsible, but also false and, conveniently, did not include any pictures to verify his claim of termites. Less significant, but still damaging, the report stated that the home exterior, which is pre-colored stucco, needed to be painted, the pool had a leak (the water level was low due to the drought conditions we are currently facing, a simple hose in the pool fixed the "leak"!) and a statement that the sea wall was "compromised" - a claim that was found to be false by two independent dock construction specialists. This inspection was irresponsible, unethical, and costly! I will never allow this company on any property that I own again, and I highly recommend that if your buyer chooses this company, make sure that you are home, and save your sale by hiring your own inspector ahead of time to undo the train wreck that they are going to create!
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#1227230 Review #1227230 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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5Th Avenue Building Inspections Home Inspection
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Bad quality

Home Inspection Review

Do not waste your time with these guys. They send out random people who have no experience with inspections. They make up things just to fill up the inspection report, and often miss things that are actually important. Most of these inspectors have no real credentials and these 5th avenue clowns are right there at the bottom of the pile. They are simply horrible.
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#641514 Review #641514 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Orlando, Florida
Reason of review
Poor customer service

5th ave home inspection - Home Inspection Review from Orlando, Florida

Mariano Hurtado came from this company to inspect a family members home. This guy is a total fraud. He made up things to fill the inspection report. He did not know basic things related to home inspection. What he wrote up as an "improper type of outlet" was actually the input connection to a backup generator. He submitted a long report filled with nonsense "findings" which made no sense to anyone versed in basic home construction knowledge. Please do not waste your time with this phony inspector and sham company.
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#641508 Review #641508 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Orlando, Florida
Reason of review
Poor customer service
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5th ave building inspectors

5th ave home inspectors ,are deals killer 5th ave Home inspection in west palm beach,had inspected my home in wellington,a home that more then $ 150,000 worth the improvments made. 5th ave ihome inspection had killed the deal by inflating price of minors repairs,as well as pushing thier contractors list to do the job. We had a eoof that was fixed in the last 12 month,we had repalce everything NEW in the house under that roof. 5th ave home inspection had killed the deal,buyer wanted 30k in reducing the price. 5th ave inspection had done ... 5th ave try to push a whole list of contractors to use,clearly they are getting some kick back. The owner joey refuse to retrn our calls so if you are a home owner or a realtor and do not want to go through what i did and another home owner in Boca,theny stay away from the pair Joey and his nerd inspector tom. TOM couldnt even find the house water main which was right under the window i am pissed shame on you 5th ave building inspectopm
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#759566

I dealt with 5th Ave Building Inspectors after I had a disastrous situation from a leak and flood and mold and contamination and cross-contamination due to a contractor that did not know what he was doing. I was referred to them to help me with this.

I will be eternally grateful to Joey Caballero for all the professionalism he showed during this debacle. He has a very wide base of knowledge about EVERYTHING to do with your home and especially mold but not limited to mold. He handled the entire problem and did all the testing. He made sure the air test was clean and was very fair to me with the charges because of what I had been through.

He is a wonderful person. I have now retained him for the next problem with the ducts and this inspection.

I trust them implicitly and recommend them highly. I tell all my friends in Wellington how fabulous they are.

#293203

Ha. I love the way they edit s t u p i d and i d i o t with ***.

I amend. It is very unwise to walk a deal over minor stuff.

I have seen people with a low IQ make good decisions and people with high IQ make poor decisions. I guess people buying homes are immune from Darwin rules.

#293199

If the inspector was negligent you could sue him. That is very hard to do.

Inspectors usually write objective opinion based reports backed up with photos. The problem the seller faces is in learning how to negotiate the sale. The seller should hire another inspector with a reputation tougher than Joey to represent the home for what it is; a used house. The inspector is not after the seller; he is just trying to make a living by explaining observations to a buyer.

If the buyer is a negotiating shark or the home is over priced those are not the inspectors problems. Crying over the whirlpool access cover is ***. Only an *** would not buy a home for a missing cover.

It is not an important item. A 30,000 tile roof is however a problem.

#183670

Just review the report again

Report by useless inspector Tom,claims that in guest bathroom,there is no accesses to Jacuzzi

motor and plumbing.

ITS A LIE,THERE IS AN ACCESS THROUGH THE ATTACHED CLOSET WALL

This is what we are talking about

Your A team is worthless,rather then look for the accesses panel.it was easy for him to right THERE ISNT ANY

I CANT WAIT FOR YOUR USELESS REPLY

#181168

YOU ARE SO SMART

STAINS ON PLAYWOOD WOW,YOU ARE GOOD

WTF.............THERE WAS A LEACK AND FIXED IT

SMART S

#181166

roof is in good condions,they are no leaks in the house

the molture in the garrage attic,is normal for this time of the year which is the rainy season.

The fact that this Joey guy refuse to return a call,and push to use his contarctors to do the work,show me that he might make more money on referles then inspection.

JOEY THIS IS NOT SLANDERING THIS IS THE TURTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH,YOU CAN US ALL THE FANCY WORDS YOU WANT ,AND TAKE ALL THE ACTIONS YOU WANT..............BUTTOM LINE,YOUR SERVICE SUCKS,YOUR INSPECTOR COULDNT EVEN FIND THE WATER MAIN OF THE HOUSE.

NO WHERE IN THE REPORT YOU PARISED THE FACT THAT 90 % OF THE HOUSE IS NEW.

YOU KILLED THE DEAL,WITHOUT ANY RECOMMANDTION IS WRITING AS TO THE COST OF A ROOF

THERE IS 0 SIGNS OF LEAKS IN THE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT.

WE ARE SELLING A HOUSE THAT IS OVER 10 YEARS WITH OLD ROOF WITH GIVES US 0 PROBLEMS AND REST OF THE US WITH WARRANTIES OF ALL.

WE JUST GOT AN ESTIMATE ON THE REPAIRS 2000-**** DOLLARS WHERE IS THE 25,000 REDUCTION CAME FROM.

DO NOT DARE TO MIX SLANDERING,AND THE ACTUL THRUTH OF THE STORY

#180443

This is a response to the false and defamatory communication recently distributed by unidentified pissed homeowner.

Let's set the record straight….yes! We inspected a house in Wellington, FL that has a 20+ years old tile roof with numerous evidence of prior tile and leak repairs (average life of a tile roof in South Florida is 20-25 yrs). In addition we found numerous areas that have evidence of active leakage on the perimeter overhang and black stains and active fungus on the plywood at several areas in the attic including stains inside the dwelling. We described the facts and of course the prospective buyer wants to back out of the deal unless the contract is renegotiated to take the roof into account. Our client the "buyer" asks us how much it will cost to replace the roof and we calculated it would cost approximately $40,000.

As far as his comments about kick backs maybe that is the way they do business in his neck of the woods…But we don't, we supply our customers with a maintenance booklet including a list of contractors, insurance agents, attorneys and other resources to help our out of town clients. We don't get involved on the repairs or get any consideration for any work; we do it so client can get estimates and bids from reputable contractors.

We must be doing something right since we have 4 full time home inspectors that are very busy and we get 50% of our work from past clients and the other 50% from professional realtors and attorneys that want their clients to get a thorough and unbiased inspection.

In closing, our client and the real estate agent that recommended our company to the Wellington home are very happy with our service. If you are looking home inspectors that are dedicated to the buyers and are very thorough please call us. wwwhouseinspector.org 800 273-****.

Joey Caballero, home inspector

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#195500 Review #195500 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Caracas, Capital District
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$25
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5th ave home inspectors ,are deals killer

5th ave Home inspection in west palm beach,had inspected my home in wellington,a home that more then $ 150,000 worth the improvments made. 5th ave ihome inspection had killed the deal by inflating price of minors repairs,as well as pushing thier contractors list to do the job. We had a eoof that was fixed in the last 12 month,we had repalce everything NEW in the house under that roof. 5th ave home inspection had killed the deal,buyer wanted 30k in reducing the price. 5th ave inspection had done it as well in a boca boca raton home. The inspector Tom the nerd .couldnt even find my water main by the side of the house. If you are a home owner or a real estate company i will stay a way from this company. The owner joey did not even give us the respect of a phone call. Joey and 5th ave home inspectors SHAME ON YOU
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#195497 Review #195497 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Caracas, Capital District
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$25

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