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Paul Edmonson founded ATS PROPERTY INSPECTIONS in January 1990.  The focus of our business is providing written inspection reports on residential and commercial properties in the Chattanooga area.  The majority of our work is for clients who purchase a residential property.  I have conducted inspections for investors who purchase commercial buildings, multifamily apartments and duplex buildings.  I have personally conducted over 7000 inspections in my 28 years of inspecting.  I have been the featured guest for the Home and Gardens TV Network show "Home Building Digest" and I have been the guest on "Your Home" a local Cable TV show here in Chattanooga.  I have been a fully Certified Member of ASHI since 1992.  I served as the secretary/treasurer of the Mid-South Chapter of ASHI for three years and secretary/treasurer of the East Tennessee Chapter of ASHI for one year.  I also served as the President of the East Tennessee Chapter of ASHI multiple times.  In 2010 I was appointed to the State of Tennessee Home Inspectors Advisory Committee.


The American Society of Home Inspectors was founded in 1976.  FHA/VA and the U.S. Court System recognize ASHI as being the experts in the home inspection profession.  To become a member of ASHI one must pass three written examinations and conduct 250 fee paid inspections to the ASHI Standards of Practice.  At this time ASHI has approximately thousands of members throughout the U.S. and Canada.  I was the first inspector in Chattanooga to achieve ASHI membership. 


It normally takes approximately three to four hours for me to inspect the average house (2000-3000 sq. ft.).  The ASHI Standards of Practice are the minimum procedures required for an inspection.  Our home inspection service is a visual inspection of the structural elements and systems which are accessible. This typically includes:


  • Foundation
  • Roofing
  • Exterior, walls, siding etc.
  • Porches and decks
  • Attic
  • Electrical systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Interior
  • Doors and windows
  • Heating and air conditioning systems
  • Ventilation
  • Fireplaces

    During my inspections I try to:

  • walk on every roof possible

  • take the discharge and return temperature of the HVAC system

  • check the temperature rise across a forced air heat exchanger

  • use a sure test electrical tester to determine if the GFCI outlets are functioning

  • test electrical outlets for correct grounding and polarity

  • take photographs of major deficiencies

  • use a moisture meter to determine if a stain or spot in the ceiling or flooring is wet                                                                                                                          The issues discovered in the inspection are broken down in the report into attention items, safety items, and further review items.   Full residential inspection fees start at $345 and increase depending on the size and age of the property.

  • Our goal is to conduct the best inspection possible in a timely manner and to provide the information discovered in the inspection in an easy to read and understand report.  All inspections are performed with professionalism, integrity and responsibility. We strongly encourage you to accompany the inspector so that you may ask questions and gain a better understanding of the systems in the home.

  • If you have any questions, or are interested in any other services, please contact us so we may discuss your needs.  To see a sample ATS inspection report click here.