Category: Athens

Risk Management for Realtors

Google “Real Estate Risk Management” and you will get several articles claiming that there are x number of ways to manage risk. For the purpose of this article we are going to narrow it down to three strategies: Accepting the risk, Sharing the Risk or Transfering the Risk. There is another thing I see Real […]

Inspecting a Tile Shower

A shower pan failure can be one of the most expensive repairs to a home. Correction requires demolishing the shower floor and, likely, the entire surround. Sometimes a shower pan leak will go undetected for years. This can cause extensive damage and extend beyond the shower floor. (You may be facing a full bathroom remodel.) […]

Permanent Foundation Certification Inspection

What is inspected during a Permanent Foundation Certification Inspection? The BrickKicker will be looking for 3 things during the Permanent Foundation Certification Inspection. First, The BrickKicker will be confirming that the installation meets HUD requirements. Specifically, we will be checking that the permanent foundation has a load path so the building will not fall off […]

Top 5 Electrical Panel Defects!

What to do with 5 defects frequently found in an electrical panel. Electrical issues in a home inspection report can cause a great deal of anxiety for buyers. They might perceive every one of them as a fire or shock hazard and a long list may give them the impression that the house is unsafe. […]

New Construction Inspections

While a traditional home inspection is designed to look at the elements of an existing home a new construction inspection can go one step further. The BrickKicker inspectors are trained to verify code compliance and empower you to prepare a final punch-list. This is a list of items found in new construction which are incomplete, missing or completed in a less than quality manner. After all, “new” does not mean “perfect” when it comes to homes.

Home Inspection Costs

How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost? Usually, the first thing we are asked when a client calls about a home inspection is “What does it cost?” A typical home inspection cost is based on the same criteria: size, age and foundation type. This is the minimal amount of information we need to provide a […]

26 Jul

The Story of How Radon was Discovered in Homes

Who is Radio Active Stanely? In January of 1984, Stanely Watras and his young family moved into their new home in Boyerstown, Pennsylvania. Stanely began work at the soon-to-be-operable Limerick Nuclear Power Plant as a construction engineer. A few weeks before the plant began its energy production, they installed radiation detectors at the exterior doors. […]

Asbestos and Home Inspections

Asbestos containing materials may be a concern for some home buyers. Their concern is not unwarranted but their understanding of the hazards associated with asbestos exposure usually comes from class-action lawsuit infomercials. Mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis are all associated with asbestos exposure and the latency period for disease can range from 10-40 years. To […]

What is a Septic System?

Sewage waste from most homes is managed through centralized sewage treatment plants but home septic systems are also very common, and not just in rural areas. Let’s dig into what is a septic system, how does a septic system work, and more to help keep your system performing properly. How Does a Septic System Work? […]