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Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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John Cauthen

As a homeowner and owner of investment property, I know that purchasing real estate can be the biggest and most satisfying investment any home buyer or investor can make.  As I conduct a property inspection, I keep this perspective in mind as I identify, record, and help you, the property owner, understand any findings and direct you towards corrective solutions, as necessary.

I limit myself to no more than two inspections per day in order to provide adequate time and dedication to make a detailed assessment of your property followed by ample time to answer your questions. While some inspectors schedule three to four inspections per day, I personally do not feel that this provides enough time for thorough inspections of most properties.

During the property inspection, I will typically walk the roof, explore both the crawlspace and attic space, and test each system within the structure. You will then receive a detailed written report outlining each item with pictures - usually the next day. Finally,  I will contact you for a follow-up call to answer any questions and offer suggestions, as appropriate.


NCHI License # 2376, NC Licensed Home Inspector Ass., ASHI #248103, NC General Contractor # 57966


As an experienced inspector, I am familiar with building practices in the area and the workmanship seen in many neighborhoods throughout the Triangle.


Quick response, thorough and Very experienced!
- K.B., Durham NC, July 2022
We truly appreciate your professionalism and efficiency. You do a very thorough inspection and the report is almost immediate and very detailed.
- T.M., Chapel Hill NC, January 2021
John, Thanks again for another thorough home inspection. My client has created a repairs request list from your HomeGauge Dashboard and this makes my next steps in the due diligence process much easier. Thank you, Jesus Tony Ibanez
- J.I., May 2020
Good morning John, Thank you for a very thorough and informative inspection report of this little farm house. Tony Ibanez BHHS YSU Realty
- J.I., May 2020
John is knowledgeable, level-headed, reliable and a realist, not an alarmist. His report is thorough and easy to interface with. Mostly, I was struck by how willing he was to stop and explain things to my client during the inspection. I look forward to working with him again. --Katie Rehkopf Realtor
- K.R., Durham NC, December 2019
John is very professional and detailed. Warren and I are both Realtors and have used him for years. Very Dependable! His reports are very easy to understand and has an option to make the repair request on line which is great and makes my job easier. Thank you.
- J.W., Chapel Hill NC, September 2019
Very Professional and Knowledgeable! I would highly recommend John to all of my customers/clients.
- J.W., Chapel Hill NC, April 2019
John did a very thorough and professional job. We have used his services a number of times and been very satisfied each time. Would give him highest recommendation.
- M.H., January 2019
Very thorough, very honest, very knowledgeable. Not a clock puncher; stays until the job is done. Does not take shortcuts.
- C.S., Chapel Hill NC, July 2018
Very detailed, knowledgeable, and a very nice guy. We enjoyed working with John!
- J.F., February 2018
John, We want to express our sincere appreciation for your professional and much needed evaluation of the hundreds of components, exterior and interior, of our house throughout the process of building. Your reporting has been very clear, comprehensive, all details with discriptions and pictures. It was our best gift when our friends recommended your name to us. We, will not hesitate a second recommending you and your company to all who approach us for obtaining the name and address of the very best inspection company. George and Jeanette Boursalian
- , November 2017
Easy to work with. Very pleasant. Thorough and responsive.
- L.R., Chapel Hill NC, September 2017
John is extremely detailed and thorough. His turn around time for the report is great. I have always found him to be polite and professional. I would Highly recommend John.
- J.W., Chapel Hill NC, May 2017
You are absolutely awesomeriffick! Thank you
- V.C., December 2016
John is very thorough and accommodating. He explains the workings of the house to the buyer to create a better understanding of how the house functions.
- B.L., July 2016
John moved his schedule around to do a quick inspection for me - I have worked with him on two homes and give him the highest rating. I would recommend him to anyone.
- C.H., June 2016
John is the best! Very helpful, friendly and pays great attention to details. I would definitely call him again.
- N.M., durham NC, March 2016
John was everything we could ask for as an inspector. He was on-time for our appointment, endured both of our loud children and dog, and completed a robust inspection with valuable findings. He turned the report around overnight and compiled a builder's repair request for us to submit to our home construction company. We recommended him to our neighbor and she hired him immediately! I would recommend him to anyone looking for a home inspection.
- P.C., Hillsborough NC, January 2016
John, It was great doing business with you and your company as you are one of the most professional home inspectors that I have had the pleasure to do business with. \Do you accept payment by credit card?
- W.H., Jackson GA, November 2015
John, has consistently exhibited excellent customer service throughout the past 7 years that I have utilized his services. Highly recommended!!!
- S.L., Raleigh NC, June 2015
John! Your inspection services surpassed any expectations we had. We are so glad we were referred to you. In turn, we have already referred two other couples to you. Thank you so much.
- R.C., October 2014
John - Thank you for the excellent inspection. I appreciate how you did not take short cuts and made the extra effort to inspect items that may have not been required. The inspection was very valuable for me both pre and post closing! Bill
- B.G., September 2014
John, Tom & I want to thank you for your very detailed and specific home inspection! We especially appreciate your written direction in remedying each deficiency. We are happy to recommend you! Diane Loughrey
- T.L., August 2014
Job well done and very thorough
- B.L., August 2014
The inspection was expertly done and I would highly recommend John for any home inspection or advice.
- J.C., July 2014
Very positive comments from both the builder and real estate agent. Builder stated that he would be recommending services to other clients.
- G.B., St Thomas Vir, June 2014
John is wonderful! We couldn't have wished for a better home inspection experience. He was so friendly and patient with all of our questions and concerns, and his inspection of the house and report was very thorough and easy to understand. Thank You John!
- K.P., May 2014
John was friendly and took extra time with us to explain the inspection procedure and his findings.
- J.C., May 2014
Very knowledgeable,very professional, very thorough. Went through everything in the house, and gave tons of information. Also answered all questions we had. Would absolutely use again, and will absolutely refer to anyone I know looking for an inspection.
- A.F., Chapel Hill NC, February 2014
John was great! He was very personable, knowledgeable, and informative. The final report was completed timely and was professional and thorough. I would highly recommend him.
- L.B., June 2013
John was very courtesy and to the point as he inspected our new home. I highly recommend him to anyone that is in the market for a home.
- J.A., April 2013
Professional, thorough and timely. Larry J. Hawkins, DSc., PMP
- L.H., April 2013
Dear John, Thank you very much for coming to do the thorough inspection and writing such a detail report! I appreciate your time and effort. It has been a pleasure to do a business with you! Thank you, Zumrad and Beck
- Z.A., February 2013
John has excellent interpersonal skills. He does a great job of explaining findings to the buyers and being upfront and honest when answering hteir questions. No sales pitch or scare tactics are used.
- C.F., Durham NC, December 2012
Inspection was well done, and educational (lots of great tips and hints). John found things I never would have noticed (some of which, had I noticed, I wouldn't have thought could be a problem in the future). Money well spent.
- W.W., Raleigh NC, September 2012
enjoyed working with you John, you did a great job
- J.P., August 2012
John is extremely thorough, professional, and friendly. He is more than willing to explain everything that is wrong during the inspection, and how to fix it. We've already used him twice as buyers, and would use him again without question.
- T.P., August 2012
100% satisfied with the inspection! Attention to detail was fantastic and he recommended what to fix before moving in and what to request the seller to fix. I would highly recommend him for anyone buying a house!
- E.D., April 2012
Very professional and friendly. Reports are submitted in a timely manner.
- S.L., Raleigh NC, March 2012
John does a fantastic job. He's professional, thorough, and takes his responsibility to the homeowner very seriously. I've recommended him to countless clients over the years and even had him do my own home inspection. Travis Everette Broker Realtor
- T.E., Chapel Hill NC, November 2011
John was extremely professional and honest. He spent a great deal of time examining exterior, interior and every aspect of the home. His report was complete and eay to understand. I would highly recommend him for your inspection needs
- I.M., July 2011
I walked with John and was pleasedwith the manner he conducted his inspection. We cover the exterior, interior and crawl space. His report was complete and eay to understand. I will have john return every two years for another inspection. Thanks!
- C.W., March 2011
John did a gooda and thourough inspection.
- L.S., March 2011
I appreciated comments and recommendations made regarding the upkeep as well as suggestions to enhance the house. My questions were answered completely and without reservation.
- V.B., December 2010
I would highly recommend John to anyone who needs a Home Inspection. His professionalism and honesty stood out as a big factor. I found him through a referral and I have to say I was impressed from the start. He was on time and thorough during the whole inspection process. I felt like a ton had been lifted off my chest after he finished. He paid attention to detail. He is #1 in my book. Thanks!!!
- J.S., October 2010
You can see how John actually likes his job and gets excited to find out everything about the house. John is clearly a good professional, and I would strongly recommend him.
- G.Z., October 2010
Very personable during a stressful moment for home shoppers, thank you
- D.P., October 2010
Thank you for doing such a thorough job, for providing the homeowner recommendations throughout the report, and for providing the Year 'Round Homeowner checklist. Linda
- L.B., September 2010
Very Proffeinal and freindly, not intimadatin at all. Answered all questions fully and thoughly.
- K.G., August 2010
John was great to work with. Not only was he thorough, he took the time to answer all questions we had while on site. He also encouraged us to actively participate in the inspection so that we "got to know our home"
- M.R., August 2010
John, for anyone who is needing a home inspection I will highly recommend you every time. If these comments get posted on the web I would like to let people know that for the inspections that you have completed for my clients you have been on time, thorough, professional and great with people- my clients are always pleased and feel that the service they receive is more than worth the money they pay. Thanks John, Steve Baker Keller Williams Realty
- S.B., July 2010
John did a fantastic job and was great to work with, I can see why my agent likes to work with him. -Peter
- P.S., July 2010
John was extremely professional and was meticulous in his inspection of my home. He spent a great deal of time examining every aspect of the home and uncovered issues that I, who has owed a home for over 20 years, would never have discovered. The cost of the inspection was more then made up with repairs completed by the seller that John discovered. I would highly recommend him for your inspection needs.
- J.F., June 2010
John was very thorough, courteous, and informative. I highly recommend him
- J.R., June 2010
John was very informative, courteous and professional.
- L.H., June 2010
Was very thorough and took the time to explain findings.
- J.K., June 2010
Thanks John. Very professional. You can set an example for all the inspectors. The home owner was impressed. As you know I believe HomeGauge is heads above in reporting and combine that with ASHI, outstanding! You can be one of leading inspectors and have an inspection company that can support you in all of times. Ken
- D.S., June 2010
John was very thorough. He explained any defects that he found and possible fixes.
- T.B., May 2010
Easily the most thorough and informative inspection and report ever received. Highly recommend John and First Call Inspections!
- B.L., April 2010
John does a great job of educating my clients during the inspection, while delivering a very clear report in short time. John is always available to follow up questions I have regarding an inspection he has done or any question I may come across showing property. John is reliable, thourough, and an inspector I can confidently tell my clients will get the job done at a fair cost.
- J.W., Chapel Hill NC, December 2009
If you want thorough and friendly, this is your guy.
- B.B., December 2009
Thank you!
- S.S., August 2009
From scheduling my inspection through final recommendations, working with John was a great experience. As a first time home-buyer, I appreciated John's attention to detail and helpful hints as we worked through the house. Also, our seller and his dog were home throughout the inspection and John was patient as they both looked over his shoulder throughout the process. I recommend John wholeheartedly.
- I.A., August 2009
John is the best, most thorough, most knowledgeable inspector I have ever met. And I've worked with a few.
- S.F., August 2009
Great Job John! Thanks for your hard work!
- M.H., July 2009