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
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
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
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
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
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…
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 Home Inspectors In Ohio Must Be Licensed
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 of course numerous restaurants. […]Read More about Commercial Inspection Issues
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!! (As You Start a Project)
Recently we inspected a home in Yellow Springs, the house was built in 1920, our report being detailed identified 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 due to the […]Read More about Being Thorough Pays Off! Electrician was wrong
If defects in a new home are not found before it is purchased from the builder, they become the problem of the new owners after they moved into their new home. Making repairs can be very disruptive for all the family as they have to live with drywall dust on their furnishing and possessions as […]Read More about It’s New Construction, But They Forgot The…..
We arrived to inspect a pre-inspected home. This home had a “Pre-Inspected, Seller-Certified” sign right in the front yard. This would suggest to any reasonable buyer that there is nothing significant for another inspector to find wrong with the home. It suggests that the sellers wanted to be aware of every issue so they could […]Read More about Buying a Pre-Inspected Home? Beware