Hi, I'm Bonnie Earleywine, owner and inspector at Honeybee Home Inspection LLC. I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas and am a graduate of Little Rock Central High School, University of Central Arkansas, and Mississippi State University (yay, go teams!). I inspect houses in the Central Arkansas area and would be thrilled to be a part of your dream home adventure.
Other Honeybee stats:
-Established in 2020
-Based in Little Rock, Arkansas
-License # HI-2129
What Is A Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a visual survey of the condition of the home and its components (A/C, plumbing, electric, etc), performed in a short timeframe. An inspector can be viewed as a general practitioner, a generalist. If something is found as concerning, the inspector then recommends a specialist to assess the item with their expert knowledge. An inspection is non-invasive. Walls will not be cut open, and flooring will not be removed.
The inspection report contains information that will help guide your purchase. Perhaps you realize a repair will delay your move-in timeline, and it's a dealbreaker for you. The report should also be used as a negotiation tool. What if you discover the furnace needs to be replaced? You could negotiate a lower price to accommodate the replacement, or you could request the seller to replace the furnace before you purchase the home.
Why Choose Honeybee?
When I was going through the home-buying process for the first time, I was stubborn and naive. I jumped in and thought I could do it all by myself. I didn't know what a home inspection was until my agent suggested hiring someone, so I chose one random company from his list. It was a panicked choice --10 days is no joke. After the inspection was completed, I received the report which made me more confused than before. I didn't understand what some of it meant because of the jargon and vague wording. There were no pictures to help jog my memory either. Now that I'm an inspector myself, I want to prevent clients from feeling the way I did. I know the stress, uncertainty, and confusion that happens during this whirlwind experience for homebuyers (and sellers). To combat this, I use common language and simple phrasing in my reports. I provide a gallery photos with captions on what is being noted. I do my best to cultivate an atmosphere that makes clients feel comfortable, whether to ask questions during the inspection or to reach out later if they still need clarification. I may only be a small part of the home-buying experience as an inspector, but I understand the importance of my role and how it brings the client closer to their dream home.
Honeybee's inspection reports are provided within 24hrs and includes a summary that prioritizes any repairs and recommendations that might be necessary. This summary is especially important for clients hoping to accomplish repairs on their own and with a limited budget. It is also instrumental in guiding the client on price negotiations.
How Did You Get That Name?
The state insect for Arkansas is the western honey bee (Apis mellifera). It is one of the commonly recognized pollinator species as well. Because Bonnie has an affinity for nature and flowering plants, Honeybee has a secondary mission of spreading the word about native plants for pollinator gardens. Native plants are ones that naturally occur in an area and are adapted for the climate -- including the soil, rainfall, and weather. As a homeowner, this means the plants rarely require watering since they are adapted to the amount of yearly rainfall. Savings! Pollinator gardens are flower beds that promote bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Did you know that even flies are pollinators?!
As an environmentally-aware company, Honeybee is paper-free and chooses decomposable swag rather than plastic pens and magnets. All clients receive a complimentary packet of wildflower seeds to grow their own pollinator garden. The seeds were sourced from Holland Wildflower Farm in Elkins, AR. You can find more of their plants and seeds at hollandwildflowerfarm.com.