A detached one car garage, when the door opened two panels flapped around threatening to fall to the floor right where we stood. The place is piled high with junk, old toys, broken furniture, bits of everything! What did we write in the report? “Restricted”, Not all visible, Floor not visible. The client who was […]Read More about “Your not inspecting it?”
Updated Wiring Issues Never Corrected
When the house was remodeled and the electric service upgraded the electrical inspector failed the inspection and notated three items that required correction. Somehow this was overlooked and the house was sold to a new owner who had it inspected before move in. The issues noted on the back of the inspection tag should have […]Read More about Updated Wiring Issues Never Corrected
Odor in Home: Beyond the Call of Duty
As inspectors we never know what we are getting into. The phone rings, we get scheduled for a given time and arrive expecting the house to be relatively clean. Opening the door to the house the first inhale of air started my gag reflex, so bad that I went back to my vehicle and got […]Read More about Odor in Home: Beyond the Call of Duty
Undisclosed Hidden “Feature Deck”
Setting the scene: The client and the Realtor loved the beautifully fenced rear yard, the grass surrounded by concrete and a patio, the table, chairs and umbrella, the very large deck and gazebo, for our client (the buyer) the rear was the major attraction of the house. Arriving at the house and looking out the […]Read More about Undisclosed Hidden “Feature Deck”
Does Your Neighbor Have Insurance?
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?
A Home Inspection ? How Things Have Changed.
Back in Rome in 35 BC it was all about “caveat emptor “ as Julius Caesar would have counseled his friends when buying a house off the Via Apia! In fact up till the early 1990’s it was the same in Dayton until the first Home Inspection company appeared in the Yellow Pages and gave […]Read More about A Home Inspection ? How Things Have Changed.
New Construction: Are Inspections Needed?
I’ll save you time. YES! Now you may be curious as to why you should have a home Inspection on new construction and how important are they really. Let’s start by considering the only plausible argument against having a private third party inspection on a new construction project. It goes something like this, usually coming […]Read More about New Construction: Are Inspections Needed?
“A First for Us” Beauty Salon
It was bound to happen after twenty one years we inspected our first beauty salon. Retail stores and strip centers, doctors and dentists offices, restaurants, bars and drive thru’s, motels, schools, churches and industrial buildings, but never a beauty salon until now. You got to wonder, business must be so good they just don’t sell […]Read More about “A First for Us” Beauty Salon
Check The Weather Before Starting a Project!
If you are going to do an outside project like painting or concrete work it’s best to check the weather forecast before you start. One contractor working on a new construction house failed to do that and poured a huge three car wide concrete driveway. It started to harden up when the anticipated thunder storm […]Read More about Check The Weather Before Starting a Project!
Read Your Home Inspection Report
Recently a client called with concerns about small issues noted in their report. We discussed these points and I mentioned that he needed to be concentrating on the roof issues. The clay roof tiles were deteriorated, cracked, some missing and very expensive to repair and replace and had he had an expert look at it […]Read More about Read Your Home Inspection Report
How Houses Age Like Fine Wine:
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:
Second Time is a Charm, House Re-inspection
Inspecting a home in Oakwood, there was feeling that we may have inspected it fifteen years ago. The house had been updated with a new kitchen, bathrooms and of course new colors on the walls, not to mention the new owners furniture. Going up the stairs, the inspection started to come back to me. I […]Read More about Second Time is a Charm, House Re-inspection
Selling Your Home? Access Required To Inspect
Have you ever thought of the home inspection that will be performed on your home? The inspection requires the inspector access all the areas of home home including the attic or crawl space, along with access to all the components like water heaters, electric panel, main water shut off. The inspector will want to remove […]Read More about Selling Your Home? Access Required To Inspect
Incorrect Home Energy Certification
In the basement of the house taped to the electric panel was the home’s energy certification which stated the R-value was 49, which would be 22.5 inches of insulation, a far cry from the twelve we measured. Then we looked at the date on the certificate, and again a surprise. The legally mandated certificate that […]Read More about Incorrect Home Energy Certification