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When you weatherize a home, do the job right. - 02/29/12 04:07 AM
When you weatherize a home, do the job right. After a recent inspection where the home has set empty for about three months. I was called to do a home inspection. I was told the utilities were turned on and the home was ready to be inspected. This was not the case. The water had been turned off and there was a hanger on the front door stating that the water was to be turned on by the water department of the city and no one else. The buyer wanted to turn on the water but after a careful explanation about (26 comments)
High winds and roofs don't mix. A follow up. - 02/28/12 04:31 AM
High winds and roofs don't mix. A follow up. When I do a roof inspection, you just never know what you may find. I normally take about a dozen pictures to catch any defects or damages that may be present at the time of the inspection. Very rarely do I have to take so many shots of a homes roof. There were so many things wrong with this roof I ended up takeing 58 pictures. Was it over kill? Not when you see the shots of the work that was done by a local contractor. I could'nt tell you if (15 comments)
High winds and roofs don't mix. - 02/27/12 04:32 AM
High winds and roofs don't mix. Here in New Mexico, we have had some really bad wind storms recently. If you have a roof that is not quite right then you will probably have these wind issues with your roof. As I drove up to the home I was looking at the roof from the ground and all I could think was "OH MY". Here is another contracted job that leaves a lot to be desired.
This roof had so many "issues" I really did'nt know where to begin.
These two shots are just the tip of the iceberg (25 comments)
When it's wrong, is it right? - 02/24/12 04:18 AM
When it's wrong, is it right? When you need a second opinion about electrical service in a home by a licensed electrician, you would think the inspection would go as you had planned. Not in this case. This home needs an electrical upgrade. It has a Federal pacific panel and breakers. This home also has several electrical issues as well.
This Federal Pacific panel has seen it's share of issues. Notice the breakers that have already been replaced? When the electrical inspector was at this home he looked at the electrical panel and deemed it "SAFE", really.
See the (35 comments)
Getting to know your own home. - 02/16/12 07:17 AM
Getting to know your own home. Even though we are living in our own home today, do we really know our own home? Here are some useful tips for the average home owner to consider.
Don't worry. It happens to the best of us. The day you met and the day you tied the knot, everything was blissful! Then suddenly it's a few years later, you're smack in the middle of a dreary winter--and you wake-up on this Valentine's Day morning and wonder which one of you let yourself go first? Sigh... But fear not! Don't be so hasty (28 comments)
Last night I made a home buyer "CRY". - 02/14/12 07:36 AM
Last night I made a home buyer "CRY". I did'nt want to, but it's the way things worked out. I did a home inspection for a "first time home buyer". She was there with her Realtor and her mother. She also had her eight month old son in tow. Not a problem, I have had a lot more people than that during a home inspection in the past. It quickly became apparent that the home was a "concrete home built in the early fifties". First thing I noticed when I arrived at the home was all the stress cracks in the (34 comments)
Active Rain Blogs are getting noticed by others. Home tips for women. - 02/12/12 10:06 AM
Active Rain Blogs are getting noticed by others. Home tips for women. Active Rain is quickly becoming to "go to place" for all Real Estate related information. This is evedent with the large number of visitors to the site. At Desert Sun Home Inspections, I try to give a lot of information about all types of subjects. With that said. I received a call from Tina Gleisner. She is the founder of the web site Home tips for women. She wanted to ask if she could use my last post about "attic's and getting to know them". I was happy to hear (25 comments)
Getting to know your attic. Do you really want to?
With winter on it's way out and spring just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to get to know your attic.
Here are a few tips on what and what not to do.
It's Valentine's Day next week, so how about paying some attention to your attic? You know, a little love and appreciation?
All too often upon encountering an attic hatch sealed with paint, an inspector will immediately sense he's about to enter virgin territory. When later asked about the attic, (47 comments)
Home Inspections. Finally, they get it right. - 02/06/12 05:42 AM
Home Inspections. Finally, they get it right. I really like inspecting homes. You just never know what your going to run into while doing what I love to do. At Desert Sun Home Inspections, it's the little things that can give the buyers and sellers fit's. These "little things" can make or break the sale of the home. Although a home for sale is just that, "For Sale". Most homes that are for sale, comes with a little baggage. The little baggage is the repairs that are needed to get the home to the point of purchase that is comfortable for (28 comments)
Ads you will never see again Part two. - 02/05/12 10:09 AM
Ads you will never see again Part two. These ads are great. Back in the day when these were really popular they generated a lot os sales for the company they were representing.
Looking at this ad, all I could think of is how proud they were of their ads.
Look at the prices. Now these would run you upwards to nearly a thousand dollars. Can you imagine an ad like this today? Have a good day everyone. (26 comments)
Crawl space horrors. There is no room at all. - 02/05/12 09:57 AM
Crawl space horrors. There is no room at all. Here's an inspection where I needed to inspect the crawl space. There was no room atall to move around under the home. The owner of the home told me if I needed any help, just to call out. I told him if I called out it was because I was stuck under the home. See how much room there was under this home. Not much at all.
This shot makes it look like there is a lot of room. But there was only about 14 inches to get under the "I" (17 comments)
It's been a week, has the broker dropped the ball? - 02/04/12 09:42 AM
It's been a week, has the broker dropped the ball? This all started a week ago. Last Saturday to be exact. I received a call for a home inspection. I told the client they needed to get with their Realtor to get in and schedule a time for an home inspection. The client called me back yesterday and told me this. "Hello Mr. McKie, I am at the Realtors office again and they tell me my realtor is gone for the weekend. There is nothing they can do for me". I told her to "talk to the "BROKER" and tell her (24 comments)
Ads you will never see again. I just love retro. - 02/04/12 09:15 AM
Ads you will never see again. I just love retro. here are some retro ads that are awesome. You will never see these ads in print or on the T.V. they would be controversial. Take a peek and let me know what you think of the form of advertising "BACK IN THE DAY".
One way to stay fit while cleaning the home.
Well maybe not every one. LOL Have a fun and restful Saturday. I will be busy all day today.
The home has closed. Tony gets his refi. - 02/02/12 08:36 AM
The home has closed. Tony gets his refi. This all started with a post about "is it greed or is it me". 168 comments. This post went wild with comments about the banking industry. Lenders who want to help and those who don't. Well yesterday, Tony signed the papers on his home. He will save about $280.00 per month after the "refi" of his home. He went fron 6.75% rate to 3.99%rate. His bank did not even offer a refi, nor would they even talk about a Re cast loan as mentioned by John in a comment. There will be a twenty (28 comments)
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