That’s a great question, and we are asked it all too often and now you will know. The two options for the condenser are to be installed on a pad, the most common option or suspended on brackets. Suspended condenser units became popular about fifteen years ago. When a contractor was installing the heating and […]Read More about Why is the AC condenser suspended
Finishing up a one year warranty inspection we did a final walk around the exterior of the home and noticed that the exterior basement window had a slight angle to it. Well boys being boys, we had to touch it, seemed OK, pushed on it, no problem, gave it a pull and out it came, […]Read More about New Construction Oops,
It never ceases to surprise our inspectors when performing a final inspection on new construction, that there is less insulation in the attic than the buyers contract stipulated. Most of the new builds this year are getting between sixteen and twenty one inches of fiberglass in the attic. Before it is “blown in” the installer […]Read More about New Home Inspection, Inadequate Insulation
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.
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?
At a recent pre drywall inspection the first thing we observed was that the floor joists were not secured in the joist hangers. This is a basic framing requirement so the work you are doing stays in place and square, a must! Worse yet it meant that the outside walls that are supporting the roof […]Read More about New Construction Framing Hazardous
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
The old saying: measure twice cut once can apply to many DIY projects. Before rushing out and buying what you think you need for a project, it can pay off to plan what you are doing. If it’s a big project tape it out on the ground or walls, measure, re measure and make sure […]Read More about Planning DIY Projects Pays Dividends
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…..