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I proudly perform residential home and pool inspection services for Virginia Beach and surrounding areas

I proudly perform residential home and pool inspection services for Virginia Beach and surrounding areas

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Meet Your Inspector

James Emenaker

VA Licensed Home Inspector:
#3380001070 Verify here
InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector:
#16042418 
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A Little About Me

Hello, I am the owner and operator of First Glance Home Inspections. I am also a Fire Lieutenant for the city of Norfolk. Firefighters take a great pride in what they do and I am no exception. I started the business from the ground up and absolutely love what I do. As of 2018 I am the proud father of a beautiful baby girl. 

On top of the stress of buying a home, most people don’t get the chance to meet their inspector until they have already hired them. Therefore, please don’t hesitate to click on the button below to learn a little bit more about me and the business.

More About Me

My Mission Statement

Our mission at First Glance is giving piece of mind by performing a thorough and informative home inspection.
We take a detailed look into your home, so you know exactly what concerns need to be addressed. 

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

C.S. Lewis

My Mission Statement

Our mission at First Glance is giving piece of mind by performing a thorough and informative home inspectionWe take a detailed look into your home, so you know exactly what concerns need to be addressed.

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

C.S. Lewis

My Core Values

What To Expect At The Home Inspection

On the day of the inspection I arrive about an hour early. I take this time to begin inspecting the exterior components. You are more then welcome to join me for the entire inspection, but for clients on a busy schedule it can save an hour. When the realtor arrives at the scheduled time, I proceed to inspect the interior components. Finding just one major concern could pay for the inspection. However, finding several could save you thousands.

The Report

do not finish my reports on site, because I want to focus on every detail. Although, at the end of the inspection; I will give you a brief summary of the major concerns. The full report will be completed within 24 hours of the inspection. On the other hand, the vast majority of these inspections are completed and sent to you the same day of the inspection. I use an industry leading, modern report software. This interactive HTML report is easy to read and understand. Furthermore, you can view the full report or focus on the summary at the click of a button. Also, along with your realtor you can build the request repair builder to ask for repairs or funding. Need the report printed? No problem, there are tabs in order to view and print the PDF version. 

What We Inspect

What We Inspect

My Services Include

A percentage of the proceeds from every service goes to charity!

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My Home Owners Say

“James inspected our home with great detail and care. He treated our home purchase as if it were his own. Very professional, affordable, and donates a portion of his business proceeds to a charity of choice. I highly recommend First Glance for your home inspection needs. Thank you so much James!”

Kirstie & David • New Home Owners

“James was professional, honest, and thorough. I’ve been to many inspections for myself and for clients. Some inspectors have rushed and seemed annoyed with my questions, but James was patient. The roof was almost brand new, so I was sure it wouldn’t be an issue, but James informed me of some problems. I am so thankful because I never would have gone up there to check!”

Dawna • Realtor & Home Owner

“I received very quick availability from first glance, and near-immediate email response to my inquiry. James was incredibly thorough with our inspection, from the crawlspace to the roof and everything in between. They also didn’t use drone photos to inspect the roof, but actually got up there and inspected it which I appreciate. he checked the wiring systems, plumbing, flooring, the whole 9 yards. I was even more pleased when I received my report same day with a breakdown of every space and system, clearly outlined with the severity of each problem and suggested fix. Wasn’t even sure how he had the time to put it all together so fast for the amount of detail and corresponding pictures. Id definitely recommend using their services.”

Erin • Home Owner

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1005, 2018

What’s Included in a Home Inspection?

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First off let's get into the requirements for Virginia. As of July 1, 2017 it became a requirement that all home inspectors become state licensed.  In order to [...]

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