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”
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
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
So often it’s arrive, and get going. Tool belt on and get to work, room by room, plumbing, electrical etc. Recently 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 which […]Read More about Relaxing Day Enjoying Life
We get paid crazy money to do a Home Inspection. The home is often way bigger than we are scheduled for. Clients are too busy to attend (we love when you come to the inspection) The report is printed on site and then emailed that evening. All the information in the report is easy to […]Read More about Read The Report ? “yeah” really..
Video of the homes sales brochure: listing advertised that there was a new roof, take a look it was obvious to our Inspector that it was far from new.
The state of Ohio has started issuing licenses for home inspectors in an effort to raise the overall standard of inspections. While not yet required, we went ahead and have become some of the first licensed inspectors in the state. The application which involved getting FBI background checks as well as submitting a record of […]Read More about Licensed Home Inspectors
We are always busy with commercial business inspections which are challenging and often unusual. The commercial properties are all so different, large multi unit apartment buildings, offices, movie multiplex theaters, schools, car wash, an animal shelter, convenience stores, strip malls, motels, warehouses, drive thru liquor stores, medical offices, so varied and numerous restaurants. When we […]Read More about Commercial Inspections
In life I have discovered that it’s a good policy never to assume that something works, that the door is locked, that you have your ticket and passport in your backpack as you head to the airport. Over the last 20 years of inspecting homes, offices, hotels and everything else from Chinese restaurants to schools, […]Read More about Don’t Ever Assume!!
Recently we inspected a home in Yellow Springs built in 1920, our report mentioned that there was Knob & Tube wiring in the home. Our client was very diligent and immediately hired a licensed electrician to inspect the wiring and recommend if any rewiring would be necessary. The electrician went through the 900 Square foot […]Read More about Being Thorough Pays Off!
If defects in a new home are not found before it is purchased from the builder, they become the problem of the new owner after they move in or when they go to sell and the defects are discovered during the inspection period. This inspection for a purchaser of a new construction home saved them […]Read More about It’s New, it’s fine….
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 […]Read More about Pre-Inspected Home? Beware.
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 […]Read More about Continuing Education
As a Home Inspector we are very like the family doctor, observing and suggesting a remedy or referring our client to a specialist. Recently we inspected an old farm house in Jamestown and as we finished the client arrived, smiling and happy with the “how is it going comment”, any “deal killers” says the Realtor? […]Read More about Engineer Did Not Look??