At the side of your natural gas meter (if you have one) is a thing that looks like a flying saucer turned on its side. This is the gas pressure regulator. In the event that downstream pressure exceeds a preset level, the regulator maintains constant pressure to your home by […]
Why we recommend thermal imaging Thermal imaging allows us to identify possible concerns that a standard visual inspection cannot. This can at least alert you to the possibility that there is a reason to perform further, more invasive inspection than a normal home inspection is allowed to do. The […]
Advantages of Flat and low-slope roofing Thermal advantages – They can help keep the interior warmer by absorbing sunlight at a higher rate than slated roofs. Accessibility – They are also more accessible, allowing for easier inspection processes. Economical – Flat roofing, for smaller areas, is generally considered to be […]
What is the concern? Recent fires in residential properties have brought to light a possible concern with Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing, otherwise known as CSST. The concern is that lightning, striking on or near a property can cause an electrical arc to puncture the CSST tube and subsequently ignite the […]
I frequently see poured concrete cracks appearing in the foundation walls of homes I am inspecting. The majority of these are typical shrinkage cracks or in older properties small settlement cracks and not considered structural. That said, they ought to be repaired to prevent water intrusion or further deterioration. I am […]
During a home inspection, I will see situations that I will call out as “not safe” or a life-safety issue. More often than not, these un-safe issues surround the electrical installations. The most common of these issues are caused by inexperienced people working on the electrical systems. Generally DIYer’s who […]
What is the concern? Apart from incorrect installation, where pipes have been bent beyond their allowed installation radius, or they have been scratched, or subjected to chemical solvents the piping itself is adequate for normal residential and commercial installations. The piping itself, unless made with a Ultra-Violet barrier such as […]
Another Class action lawsuit regarding brass fittings on Pex plumbing has arisen, this time it’s against Zurn Pex Inc., and Zurn Industries. Same problem as with the Kitec fittings where the brass fittings suffer from a problem called dezincification. This is where the Zinc leaches out of the brass in […]
So you have decided to sell your own house?
this is because you feel you can do a better job than the Realtors in your
area, or you don’t want to pay the 5% (or more in some cases) for the process,
you have taken on a big task.
On top of
the cleaning of the property, de-cluttering and staging, you are having to show
people around and listen to their opinions in a disspassionate state.
Before you put your home on the market, you need to realise that there is an 80% chance that your house is going to undergo a home inspection as part of the deal.
While any serious fault will not escape the notice of a good home inspector, in order to not have a home inspection report with a long list of issues, there are simple and inexpensive ways to minimize the list of items that might come up on the report, and therefore deter a prospective purchaser from buying the home.