Sometimes we all get caught up in what needs to be inspected and what must be repaired when buying a home. All to often we forget what life is all about and what is important in life. Last week I arrived at a very small condo on a bright sunny morning and was greeted by […]
Inspecting a house in Xenia recently I got to question the thought process of architects. A nice small 900 square foot ranch did not have much space for the furnace so the architect put it in the crawl space (under the house). This is not a problem as long as it works, but like all […]
We arrived to inspect a pre-inspected home in the Dayton area. This home had a “Pre-Inspected, Seller-Certified” sign right in the front yard. This would suggest that there is nothing significant for us to find wrong with the home. That the sellers wanted to be aware of every issue so they could make all the […]
Climbing up on the roof of a large commercial building and looking at the HVAC units lined up there, it struck me how unrealistic some buyers are when they hire us to inspect commercial properties. This client only hired us for a half day despite our office suggesting that it would not be nearly enough […]
When buying a house, don’t think that a home inspector is all you need to make sure your new home is everything you want it to be. That junk car in the neighbors driveway has been there for years and their is no reason you should think it will suddenly change. It will be there […]
Looking at buying a new home? That small stream at the rear of the property may be the selling feature and the most appealing point as you consider making an offer. What you may not realize is that many of these small streams have been re-categorized by FEMA as potential flood zones. Flood zones are […]
Thinking of new flooring, forget laminated flooring. They are noisy to walk on, are easily damaged by moisture or water in bathrooms or kitchens, and water on shoes coming in from outdoors generally damages the entryway flooring . Vinyl has improved dramatically with the introduction of heaver weight thicker plank vinyl. it is easy to […]
Continuing education is how we are spending our (May 2018) weekend at the ASHI spring Expo in Columbus getting another fourteen hours towards our annual requirement! This is important because in Ohio there is no government regulation of Home Inspectors, buyers can all too often get an inspector who does not adhere to any standard […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Its amazing when you think of it, five years ago house prices had tanked, were at rock bottom with no hope in site. The only homes we were inspection were bank Repo’s. These were homes that had been trashed by the evicted home owners and left to sit with everything from roof leaks to missing […]