Category: The Home Inspection

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 […]

We Broke What?

Here is one you might have heard before: A home inspector walks into a home and they broke my …. A home inspector has a certain routine and organization to their motion through a home. Most like to perform their inspection in a top down routine. This allows them to follow the plumbing as well […]

CODE is a Four Letter Word

I learned most of the four letter words from John Murphy on the back of the fourth grade school bus.  This is where most of us learned them.   But, he never said the “big” one, CODE.  Code is absolutely the biggest of all the four letter words and now in my old age I […]

Who Should Attend an Inspection?

That is a tough question and depends upon several situations.  The clients are always encouraged to attend. This will be their home and they need to know as much about the property as possible.  Many times there are others attending with the client. For some reason the home inspection has morphed into a two hour […]

Coronavirus and the Home Inspection

We have survived the recession on the 1990’s, the crash of the 2000’s and now it is the Covid-19 Coronavirus.  We know this too will pass. As a professional home inspector I pride myself as first, being professional, second, being consultative, and third, providing the the valuable information so my clients can purchase their homes […]

The Home Inspector is Not a Babysitter

It is funny how the home inspection has changed from fact finding, to negotiation tool, and now it is everything all rolled into one. During the beginning years of the home inspection industry, the Realtor was present during the entire inspection.  The Realtor was the only one with access to the keys or the home […]

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.