A Realtor from a Xenia office said to me recently that there had only been one deck in the last two years that I had not thrown the book at. I got to thinking about that and realized he was probably correct. Unfortunately most of the decks we inspect, even professionally built ones are badly […]
As inspectors we get to see some of the worst looking and some of the best looking homes in Dayton. This home had been completely remodeled and most likely all without permits. The giveaway, the railing would not pass code. The spacing would allow a child to climb through.If you are getting work done you […]
This water heater was installed 7 months ago by a local and well known Dayton plumbing company. They must have sent their least trained installer with a big box of bits and told him to use up everything in the box! Issue #1: The flue pipe must have a continuous upward slope.Issue #2: The furnace […]
Inspecting a home this week, I saw this picture of a very busy, prosperous downtown Dayton being revitalized probably 100 years ago and thought about how wonderful it is to see downtown Dayton coming back to life again. New homes are being built, lofts converted, bars, brewery’s and restaurants opening in areas other than the […]
Inspecting a 4 year old home in Xenia. The front of a two story the house had a big brick gable above the garage and on up into the roof. When we made our way into the attic we discovered that the brick mason had dry stacked the bricks and blocks, in other words they […]
Washington Township, house built in the 1970’s. Walking down to the finished basement with my 6’2″ client in front of me, there appeared to be a clearance issue. First question has to be who built these stairs, what building inspector passed it when the house was built and what does the purchaser of this new […]
During a busy day there are things that make you stop for a moment and think about life. As I climbed the ladder to walk the roof I spotted these birds cozy in their nest waiting for their mom to return with more food.
Just arrived to inspect this home and as I start in the remodeled kitchen, I look at the lovely large skylight and wonder. Alarm bells start to ring in my brain…. To make the big open area seen in the photo the bottom chords were removed from two roof trusses weakening the complete roof system. […]
We inspect more houses than any other type of building. When we inspect commercial buildings it is usually apartments, offices or retail units so last week it was exciting to inspect something we have never inspected before, a laundromat! We have inspected a school in Troy, a beer drive thru in Dayton, a muffler shop […]
Inspecting a doctors office gave our inspector a good laugh when he pulled back the shower curtain in the bathroom used by the patients. It goes to show that office rents are getting so high that every square inch must be used to its max.
The question after this inspection was finished would have to be, “are roof inspections getting too dangerous”? When inspecting roofs it can be dangerous, we all know that,. There is always the risk of slipping and falling off the roof. This was a risk we never thought about as we looked at a bullet lodged […]
This novel way to drain a laundry sink with a sump pump, who says America has lost its innovative flair! The washing machine dumped into the laundry sink and the pedestal pump designed for use in a sump then pumped the water up to the sewer pipe.
Motor Mole Sewer Service 6 June 1948, this has remained intact for a long time in the basement of a Dayton home. This company must have been busy because so many of the homes from the 40’s and 50’s still have this advert attached to a basement ceiling joist. That’s 69 years ago, the company […]
Amazing incinerator in a house in Oakwood. A real piece of history and in good condition. In days gone bye trash was burnt with no regard to pollution in the air. The photos do not make this look big, a very large 40 gallon trash can would fit in easily. This incinerator is no longer […]