Temperatures this summer are breaking records and matching others, there have been days where Dayton has been hotter than Florida and this puts a lot of pressure on your air conditioning system. Two simple things you can do to help your system: 1) Make sure your return filters are clean, this lets more air through […]Read More about It’s Super Hot Help Your AC Cool Better
I stood on the second floor looking through the charred remains of the exterior wall towards the even more decimated neighboring house where the fire had begun. It was a total loss leaving only a lone chimney to stand with the last bits of blackened timbers still clinging on, precariously upright. The fire had not […]Read More about Does Your Neighbor Have Insurance?
Large propane cylinders weight approximately one hundred and seventy pounds when full. If they are not secured with a chain or other device to prevent them falling over by accident, they pose a safety issue. These large cylinders are generally installed as a pair and their combined weight should they topple and crash to the […]Read More about Unsecured Propane Tanks Could Be Deadly
You are looking at a house, it’s gorgeous from the street, it’s possibly the one. The interior has been remodeled, the mechanics’s updated, the bedrooms perfect for the kids, you feel this is the end of the search for a new home. Your Realtor is excited for you and has a contract ready for your […]Read More about Neighbors, Make it Difficult to Sell!
How do homes age? When a home is 100 years old or even 200 years old, home inspectors must apply a different set of standards to evaluate the house. For example, building codes were not in effect 100 years ago and the quality of construction was often left up to the integrity and expertise of […]Read More about How Houses Age Like Fine Wine:
It’s hard to believe that we have been in business since 1999 and members of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors for all that time. For years we taught classes at the DABR to help new Realtors understand what a home inspection is all about and how to deal with needed repairs. There have been […]Read More about 20 Year, Member of the Dayton Board of Realtors
There is nothing worse than badly draining sinks, tubs, and showers, not to mention toilets that need three flushes to finish the job. A call to a drain cleaning company did not help. They looked down the drains of the three year old home with a camera scope, all the way to the city sewer […]Read More about Drains Not Draining, Venting Frustrations
When you hear it said that bathrooms can be unsafe you might not think that a half ton of steel would be the answer. But bathrooms can be one of the most dangerous places in a home, with a multitude of potential hazards. Starting with tiled floors which can become slippery when wet, to the […]Read More about How “Safe” is Your Bathroom? What you got?
Inspections can sometimes be a challenge for the inspector and the reason is rarely because of what is found, but trying to find it. Vacant properties are much easier to get around, no furniture, no stored items blocking the inspector at every turn. We do our best to get around obstacles and into difficult areas, […]Read More about Unreasonable Inspection Conditions
Video of sales the listing that said the house had a new roof, take a look it was obvious to our inspector that it was far from new, and a big surprise for our client.
So often it’s arrive, and get going. Tool belt on and get to work, room by room, plumbing, electrical etc. Recently arriving at a house out in the country, I had to park in the driveway and walk through a paddock to get to the house. Horses appeared as soon as I entered the field […]Read More about Relaxing Day, A Welcome Brake, Enjoying Life,
We get paid good hard earned money to perform a Home Inspection and are often frustrated when clients do not read the report, or at least the summary pages. The home is often way bigger or in worse condition than we expect and are scheduled for, but we work on and produce the report. Clients […]Read More about Read Your Inspection Report? “yeah” really…
Don’t eat off of it! This DIY project has all the right look of a farmhouse table. Unfortunately the top is made of treated fence pickets which contain harmful chemicals that you don’t want on your skin, let alone on food and utensils. We see a lot of beautiful furniture and updates that are made […]Read More about Cute Table Right? Pressure Treated is Toxic!
It never ceases to amaze me how many homes have chain link fences around the back garden proudly displaying the iconic “Sears Armadillo” plaque on the gate. In fact, it’s hard to believe that Sears has filed bankruptcy all closed down all their stores. The products they sold were in so many homes, still are […]Read More about Who Will Keep the Dog In….. A Sears Fence?