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"I can never thank you enough for saving me from certain disaster! Clearly the owners' inspector didn't relay enough of the damage to them to help them understand that they should never have bought that house at all, even though it is as beautiful as any pastoral painting. I'm just extremely grateful to you that you saved me from the predicament they are in now." L.H. Lunenburg

"Mike was a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. He was professional, polite, and informative when scheduling on the phone. He arrived at the inspection early and reviewed every inch of the property THOROUGHLY. He was incredibly knowledgeable, and he shared his knowledge with us in a very articulate and clear way. His attention to detail was impeccable. He was also great showing the builder the items he expressed concern with and helped us talk with the builder about practical adjustments. He gave us a report right away and a wonderfully informative "How To Operate Your Home" book. I would definitely recommend him and I plan to have him come back periodically, to check the house and give us upkeep suggestions." C.G Newton

"Mike is not only highly competent, but he is also the consummate professional. For the first time home-buyer, the entire home buying process can be quite daunting. Having Mike on my side made the process much less stressful. Mike is diligent, thorough, very detailed, and also by nature an educator who explains how a house operates in scientific terms that can be easily understood by a layperson. He really cares that you understand how a house works. He is clearly DEDICATED to the home inspection profession. I HIGHLY recommend him!" S.P. Weymouth

"You're a solid reminder of what professionalism and integrity are all about. I was delighted with the care you took at my house and thank you wholeheartedly. I hope you can make it to the housewarming." D.S. West Roxbury

"Mike Atwell was super! I can't say enough good things about my experience. He was early and already looking around the outside of the house when I arrived. He explained everything very clearly and answered every question I had about the property. He was also very thorough. This home inspection cost more than the one we had three years ago, but it was well worth it!" S.E. Roslindale

"Thank you again for the excellent home inspection. As first time home buyers, we have found the process of finding a home challenging and at times quite stressful. We were therefore relieved to have this piece go so well, working with a professional whom we could trust and who was knowledgeable and patient." J.A. Watertown

"Best, most insightful home inspection I've ever had completed. Great help in understanding how systems operate as well as needed repairs and improvements to consider." B.D. Brookline

"Thanks again for doing such a thorough home inspection. It was unnerving to find all the things wrong with our new condo, but your report served us well in our negotiations and with plans to fix all the issues. We will happily recommend you to anyone." D.O. Watertown

"I just wanted to thank you for being so awesome during this process. You have gone way above and beyond the services you were hired to do and I appreciate how often you have been available to us. Your work during the home inspection was both thorough and comforting, equally important during this stressful process. Is there something we can do for you? Do you have client testimonials or could we send you something to provide to future potential clients? Or can we just have you over for our housewarming party?" Colette S., Jamaica Plain

"I strongly recommend J. May Home Inspections. We had three properties inspected by Michael Atwell when we bought our first house last year. He was thorough, explained everything he was doing, and gave us first-time buyers a good walk-through of the property. We had an excellent experience with this company." J.R., Arlington

"...You did an amazing job, and above all you taught us things we never would have known. Thank you for your patience, your thoroughness, and your kindness. We will be sure to recommend you to anyone we know purchasing a home." C.M. and B.M., Brookline

"Mike did an excellent job throughout the entire inspection. He has wealth of knowledge. We asked a zillion questions, but he never made us feel rushed or stupid. He is a professional with a kind disposition and obviously takes pride in his work." A.G. Stoneham

"Dear Mike, After moving in and having the luxury of spending some time in the house, I keep looking for things you might have missed, but I just can't find any. Thanks!" T.H., Cambridge

"The inspection of our future home yesterday was incredible. Michael was beyond our expectations. He was friendly, funny and quite informed. He was especially good at providing information without judgment or alarm. We feel that we know what we are getting into, and thanks to Michael, we understand where we need to begin.
Thanks again for everything!" L. R., Somerville

"I have had other inspectors on other properties in the past with whom I have been satisfied, but I found your knowledge and explanations to be exemplary in every respect. It was quite clear that you were not only working through a checklist to identify areas of concern, but also using your considerable knowledge and powers of inference to deduce the causes of damage and the appropriate repairs." James F., Sudbury, MA.

"We'd just like to take this opportunity to thank you for doing such a superb inspection of our home... Buying a home is certainly a big investment and it was nice to have someone who really took the time to look it over and make appropriate suggestions. We really got a lot out of it and would highly recommend your services to other potential buyers!" Marianne and Bill H., Needham, MA.

"We couldn't have asked for anyone more thorough - I was extremely impressed with all the devices you used (and created yourself!) to poke around, see up and around and into things, and give as in-depth an evaluation as possible. Not only did you do your not-so-routine inspection, you also gave all kinds of advice and information about the 'workings' of our new home, which, considering this is our first home, was invaluable to us. Your curiosity and sense of humor were much appreciated in what could have been a very stressful event." Amy S., Roslindale, MA.

"Thank you for your excellent service. You inspected the condo with the highest level of thoroughness. I also appreciated all your in-depth explanations of what you were investigating. Hats off to you and your team." Sara B from Princeton, N.J.

"Your reports were invaluable; they drew our attention to several problems, many of which we were able to persuade the developer to address...wonderful work...trustworthy...reliable source of information...professional, courteous, and friendly...much appreciated during this stressful time." Karen K. and Paul S., Cambridge, MA.

"...by far the most informative inspection I’ve been at!" P.A., Roslindale, MA.

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