Category: The Home Inspection

Life Expectancy

A forty-five year old home inspector walks into his Doctor’s office.  The Doctor tells him he has great news.  You have the mind of a thirty year old but the body of an eighty-six year old.  Just because you feel young does not mean you are young. The home inspector does not just have to […]

The Wet Hole

The Wet Hole – A look at Drain Tiles In agriculture, tile drainage is a type of drainage system that removes excess water from the soil below the surface.  Whereas irrigation is the practice of adding additional water when the soil is naturally too dry, drainage brings soil moisture levels down for optimal crop growth. […]

Foundations

Beneath your home you have a foundation, and the purpose of this foundation is to provide your home with support for its entire weight. The foundation is designed to prevent the home structure from settling, slipping or sliding away from the initial position where it is built. There are three different types of foundations that […]

Flat Lot Considerations

As a home builder there are actually a lot of different considerations that you are going to want to make. When you have a specific lot that you are going to be building on, you will want to consider what it is that you have to work with and how your current lot is going […]

Foundation Settlement

Foundation Settlement Foundation settlement is a serious deal for a homeowner, and it often requires that swift action be taken to prevent structural damage from occurring to the home. The causes behind settlement of the foundation are actually rarely due to the actual design or the under design of the home itself. The most common […]

When Realtors Price Shop for Their Clients

Recently we had some feedback from some Realtors that know and trust us. The question we asked was “You send us most of your clients but sometimes you tell them to call another company. What makes you think they are better in some situations?” The answer was the same for all three of the agents: […]

Pre-Listing Inspections

Pre-Listing Inspections have never really taken hold in our industry. There are a lot of reasons why but the most commonly reported is that Sellers do not want to have to disclose the results of their Pre-Listing Inspection. This argument may have some merit but unless there are material defects, the findings should not cause […]

Why Shouldn’t We Test A/C’s in the Winter

It is April and we are getting asked about testing the air conditioner.  The standard and appropriate response is,”..not yet.” The client response is typically, “…why not?”  There is a pretty simple and clear reasoning behind the strict guidelines most home inspectors follow. In fact, most air conditioning manufacturers and HVAC professionals agree, an outdoor […]