• Missing Insulation

    NOT POSSIBLE!! Last summer while using my infrared camera during a home inspection on the main floor of a two-story home I noticed something odd. The main floor extended out beyond the 2nd floor so there was an attic space on the main floor. And the home is about 25 years old and has changed owners 3 times. What your looking at in the infrared image is missing insulation in the main floor attic, about 18 feet by 5 feet of un-insulated attic space. Given the age of the home this is a little sh…

  • Confused!!

    CONFUSED!! A few weeks ago I was looking at what appeared to be a relatively new staircase with landings leading up to the 2nd floor unit. I began making notes on all the deficiencies that I was seeing. My client’s realtor, who I know to be very good and dedicated to her clients, became confused at my comments. She informed me there were engineered drawings for this staircase. That raised an eye brow, now I became slightly confused. The realtor emailed me the plans and I reviewed th…

  • Don't be fooled by the fresh paint!!

    DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE FRESH PAINT!!! The other week I had an old 1920 duplex to inspect. The exterior and the interior looked pretty good. By all appearances a heavily renovated older home. I saw new electrical, new plumbing. The general interior looked pretty good, though there were some indicators to suggest problems. Some issues on the exterior but overall not too bad. Well that all changed when I snaked my way down into the very tight crawlspace. It was a bit of a nightmare …

  • I GOT THIS HONEY...Said the husband to the wife.

    I GOT THIS HONEY!! Said the husband to the wife. Just because something works doesn’t mean it’s right, safe or won’t burn your house down. I came across this on an inspection this week. There are a few things to talk about in the attached picture; The first is that this is just a spliced connection in the attic space. When making this type of connection you absolutely need an electrical junction box, they cost less than $5.00. It prevents wires from being pulled apart and it will…

  • Sewer inspection

    But what about the sewer? A home inspection is a non-invasive visual inspection. The sewer lateral pipe to the city or private waste system for example definitely cannot be seen during a normal home inspection. A damaged sewer pipe could cost 10 to 20 thousand to replace, should it not be inspected at every home inspection. I think so, which is why at a recent conference I became certified for sewer inspection and now offer it on all my home inspections as an inspection upgrade. This week I conv…