Category Archives: Home Inspections

Paying for a home inspection is like putting money in the Parking Meter


I had an interesting conversation with my buyer at an inspection a while back. The house had very good curb appeal—-all decked out in its fall colors, and in a very desirable neighborhood—-and priced just right. Because it was priced … Continue reading

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Do condo inspections cost less than a regular house inspection?


Most buyers expect Condo inspections to be much cheaper than regular home inspections.  For me they are somewhat cheaper, but not so much because they are condos, but more because they are smaller. While there are many areas that are … Continue reading

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Flipping ourselves off!


Once upon a time, when the market was REALLY HOT, a lot of the home inspections I did were on homes being “flipped.”  There is not much flipping going on any more.  These homes often had their share of issues … Continue reading

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The Greening of America


Over the years I have often said that if I owned my own planet that things on”The Planet Charles” would look different in some ways than they do on “The Planet Earth.” One of the things that would be different, … Continue reading

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Buyer inspections, seller inspections, builder inspections.


The vast majority of home inspections that I do are for buyers.  While it might seem self-serving, most home inspectors (myself included) would like to see more Sellers having inspections done prior to listing.  Everyone seems to be on board … Continue reading

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Lets have the inspector check out the house and then we will waive the inspection—if he doesn’t find anything big..


While the agent might not say it in these exact words, the title of this post conveys the idea.  As an inspector this practice makes me nervous as all get out. While I appreciate the confidence agents and buyers have … Continue reading

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Sometimes venting and ranting are the same thing!


If you have a 20-year-old home—with a gas furnace that is at the end of its expected life—you will also likely still have the original B-vent chimney for the furnace.  Unless of course it has a different type of chimney … Continue reading

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