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 Know Thy Neighbor
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 ?
I’ll save you time. YES! However, you may be curious as to why and how important are they really. Let’s start with considering the only plausible argument against having a private third party inspection on a new construction project. It goes something like this, usually coming from a project manager for the builder. “This thing […]Read More about New Construction: Are buyers inspections really needed?
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”
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 failed to do that last week and poured a huge three car wide driveway that ended up a week later across the street in a huge pile. Why you […]Read More about Check the weather…
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:
Inspecting a home in Oakwood I had the 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. […]Read More about Second Time is a Charm
Have you ever thought of the home inspection your home will have? The inspection requires the inspector access all the areas of your home along with access to all the components like water heaters, electric panel, main water shut off. The covers need to be taken off electric panels, if that can not be done […]Read More about Selling Your Home?
Inspecting a new construction home last week we observed and noted that the thickness of the insulation in the attic was between two and eight inches deep, as opposed to the twelve inches that should have been there according to the foreman. There was no card (as required) stapled at the access stating what the […]Read More about Incorrect Certification
It’s hard to believe that we have been in business since 1999 and members of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors all that time. For years we taught classes at the DABR to help new Realtors understand what a home inspection was all about and how to deal with needed repairs. There have been so […]Read More about 20 Year Membership
Video about the rush to build houses cheaper, its often the beautiful wood lap siding that becomes a major liability.
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 Expectations
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.
Many properties particularly in rural areas are on well water, which is not a problem in itself. A new well will have a submersible pump that is down in the well shaft, older wells will often have a “jet pump” which will be located at the pressure tank (in the house of a well pit) […]Read More about Well (Water) Inspections