Why You Should Always Get the Sewer Line Scoped Before Purchasing Real Estate When we ask clients if they would like to get the sewer line scoped along with the general inspection, they occasionally decline if the building is brand new. The reason we strongly recommend getting the sewer line inspected on new construction is […]
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While conducting building inspections, I occasionally come across floor tiles that sound hollow. That sound indicates an inadequate base and poor adhesion. These loose tiles could last for years and never crack, but without being fixed solidly, they are prone to breakage. All it takes is moving a heavy object like a refrigerator across the […]
Anyone in the real estate industry has likely come across certain electrical panels that have a bad reputation, such as the notorious “Zinsco” panel, “Federal Pacific” and “Push Omatics.” These panels have repeatedly been found to be unreliable and, in some cases, dangerous. The problem lies in the contacts from the breaker mechanism to the […]
Inspector’s recommendations & Requests for Re-inspections Part I As you already know, we are the generalists. If we were to do the specialty inspection on every system of the building, we’d be onsite hours longer and the fee would be significantly higher. Our job is to look for defects on the structure, systems, etc. […]
As you know, buyers are naturally drawn to properties that are more aesthetic. Some of these buildings with great curb appeal are also very well maintained. On the flipside, many properties are purchased and renovated, then turned over as quickly as possible. Most buyers are getting only a superficial look at their property and aren’t […]
Attics One of our inspectors recently inspected a house where the attic screens were damaged or non-existent. Birds had made nests and left unsightly bird droppings in and around the attic openings. The inspector also found seventeen dead birds at various stages of decomposition. In addition to the foul smell, feces and decaying carcasses emit […]
The Limited Building Inspection Fees starting at $295.* For significantly less than the cost of a full home inspection, we will: Inform you on the current condition of the home’s systems. Flag issues with systems that could be a deterrent to buyers. Help prioritize future upgrades. This is not a full inspection per ASHI or […]
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Transite pipe in the crawl space. What is Transite pipe? Transite is a brand name for a clay pipe that is commonly found in older buildings. The official name of this clay pipe is Asbestos-Cement or AC. This material contains asbestos, and was used in the 1900s in venting for appliances, water heaters, floor furnaces […]
If you or your client are preparing to replace your water heater and are unsure if you should switch to a tankless water heater, let us help you decide. Here are some pros and cons for both. Tankless water heaters Pros: They are smaller and take up less space, leaving room for other things. You’ll […]