I cannot recommend Matt Shapiro highly enough. We just bought a home and had several considerable concerns about it. I booked Matt through yelp, due to his stellar reviews, and his communication was fantastic–sometimes questions were answered in a matter of minutes after I sent them! The home inspection itself was so thoroughly and expertly done, and only took about 2 hours.
Matt advised me to meet with him at the end of the inspection for a walk-through, and he is one of the most amiable, knowledgeable, helpful people I’ve met in Austin. He explained everything extremely clearly and in great detail, patiently answered all of my myriad questions (this is my first home so I am staggeringly ignorant), pointed everything out that needed repair and gave advice on whether or not a specialist was needed or whether we could do stuff ourselves, and generally astonished me with his expertise on pretty much everything house-related.
The inspection was completed at 2 and he had the report e-mailed to me by 6:15pm….and it was 78 PAGES LONG! I have no idea how he managed to do so much in so little time. The report is incredibly helpful, containing a number of photos of the various issues, photos of sample repairs or sample equipment mentioned that would be needed for a repair, an in-depth description of housing codes (and whether or not they were met), and detailed explanations of a.) issues b.) why those issues are important, and c.) the best way to go about repairing those issues.
You know you’ve officially hit Boring Adulthood when you spend your holiday morning poring over your Home Inspection Report with huge interest, chattering about “weep holes” and “corner pops” and “soffits” to your less-than-fascinated husband. Or maybe you just know you’ve worked with Matt Shapiro, who makes the whole thing easy and interesting!