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Should You Do a Pre-Drywall Inspection on Your New Home?

Aug 30, 15 • News

Even the Realtors agree that having a pre-drywall inspection on a new home is the prudent thing to do.

Should You do a Pre-Drywall Inspection on Your New Home?

Lot Drainage Inspection Article Published by INACHI

Aug 25, 15 • Articles Published

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the world’s largest inspector organization, recently published another one of my articles.

Inspecting Residential Lot Drainage in Expansive Soils

Radiant Barrier Fire Dangers

Aug 24, 15 • News

This is an excellent white paper describing the need to separate electrical current from the radiant barriers on roof and wall sheathing.

Radiant Barrier Fire Article

What if a car came with a 2,000 mile warranty?

Aug 12, 15 • News

Builder Magazine has apparently either let their editor go, or he/she is on some really good meds. It is otherwise practically infeasible that this much common sense and unvarnished truth should issue forth from the pages of this builder friendly publication. If this was intentionally printed, well then bravo and kudos to both Builder Magazine, its editor, and author Sam Rashkin! Now, if only the home builders will listen and act accordingly.

http://www.builderonline.com/builder-100/strategy/performance-anxiety_o

Just in case it was a slip on their part, and they remove it,  I will also include a link to a .pdf file of the article.

Buider Magazine Warranty Article

 

 

 

Garage Inspection Article by Aaron Published by INACHI

Aug 5, 15 • Articles Published

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the world’s largest inspector organization, recently published another one of my articles.

Cleaning Your Air Conditioner Condenser Coils

Aug 1, 15 • News

Some important advice for choosing the method for cleaning your air conditioner condenser coils:

Cleaning AC Coils Article

Interior Door Article by Aaron Published by INACHI

May 5, 15 • Articles Published

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the world’s largest inspector organization, recently published another one of my articles.

Brick Veneer Article by Aaron Published by INACHI

Apr 11, 15 • Articles Published

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the world’s largest inspector organization, recently published one of my articles.

http://www.nachi.org/inspecting-brick-veneer-residential-construction.htm

The Truth about Home Inspector Marketing from a Different Perspective

Jan 20, 15 • News

I just ran across this excellent blog post from an independent insurance adjuster in Missouri. Excellent insight from an outsider. Obviously, the practices I have spoken of here before are widespread. Many thanks to Jim Bushart.

 

 

Real Estate Resale Option Periods

Sep 30, 14 • Advice

So, you’ve found a house that appeals to you and fits your budget. You have made an offer which was accepted by the seller, and are ready to have the house inspected prior to closing the deal. If you’re like most folks in this market you will have a 5 – 10 day option period in which to do this and many other things. Is that long enough? Probably not. Why?

 

1. Competent home inspectors are few and those few stay busy, as one might expect. The odds of getting a skilled expert within such a short window of time are definitely against you.

 

2. The inspector’s job is to identify significant issues found during an inspection and to direct you to the type of professional needed to further assess and offer remedial options. Even if you land an excellent inspector within your short time frame, you may not be so fortunate with the recommended repair persons. Like their inspector equivalents, experienced structural engineers, HVAC technicians, master electricians, et al., stay occupied.

 

This leaves you in the position to rely upon the B or C team to educate you regarding your prospective new home’s condition. These will usually come in the form of the obsequious that flock around your real estate agent for crumbs in the form of referrals, or those whose only drawing card is availability. Either of these is not likely to notice that the predominant angle of your future new home is not 90°, the roof leaks, or much else of significance.

 

What’s the answer? Extend your option period, if possible. If the seller is reluctant and your agent is incapable of negotiating an extension, you probably should move on. Rushing into a large purchase like this without being fully prepared benefits only the seller and his agent who is being paid to rush you.