Don't walk run I yelled. Did they hear me. - 03/31/12 06:19 AM
Don't walk run I yelled. Did they hear me.
I did'nt actually yell this comment out loud. But I was hoping they were listening to me in "not so many words".
At Desert Sun Home Inspections, I get calls about going out to a home and performing an inspection without the client present. I really prefer for them to be there. But in this case they could'nt make it.
It all started Friday morning when I went out to a home to take a look at it for a purchase as a rental.
I pulled into the drive, and could see
Home buyer sends letter. Very nice. - 03/28/12 04:15 AM
Home buyer sends letter. Very nice.
At a recent home inspection, the buyers hired me with just a phone call. They are from out of town and needed a home inspection done a.s.a.p. I did the insp[ection with the urging of the Realtor. I sent the report to the buyer. Then I got a letter from the buyer along with a check for the inspection.
getting a check is always a good thing.
This is what the buyer had to say in his letter to Desert Sun Home Inspections.
It's always nice to get a good letter from a happy
Warehouse windows. Not a good thing in a home. - 03/26/12 05:26 AM
Warehouse windows. Not a good thing in a home.
On a recent home inspection. I found that the majority of the subdivision had been built by the same contractor. Then I had noticed that the homes (a lot of them) had warehouse windows.
The biggest problem with warehouse windows is the cranks finally stop working and the window size is not enough for means of egress in case of the need for a quick escape.
Another problem I run into is that the home owners always paint the windows shut. This could be a problem when a means of egress is
The owner knew I was coming. - 03/25/12 05:15 AM
The owner knew I was coming.
When ever I get the call to perform a home inspection, I would think the owners of the home would pick up and clean out the areas they might think I need to get into.
The more access I have the better. I look for places they might try to hide away problems that could arise in the future.
In this case the problem was right in front of me staring at me with a glaring look.
This roof leak was a mystery. Think about it, we have not had much of any rain in
Before you list, sell or buy a home. Read this post. - 03/22/12 05:12 AM
Before you list, sell or buy a home. Read this post.
Most Realtors, buyers and seller alike don't have a clue when it comes to the general liability when owning a home.
There are a lot of factors that are included when owning a home.
Here is a simple example of what to look for when you are listing, selling and or wanting to buy a home.
Did you know the sidewalks around the edge of the city streets are the responsibility of the home owner? Even though the municipality is the owner of the sidewalks?
In the shot above
Thank's to you, I'm going to buy the home. - 03/16/12 03:10 AM
Thank's to you, I'm going to buy the home.
Yesterday afternoon, I got the call. The client was really happy that they were in the final phases of buying a home I had inspected for them.
The buyer wanted to thank me for the inspection report being so "detailed". Now I really try not to be a
"NIT PICKY INSPECTOR" All of you Real Estate agents know exactly what I mean.
Here are two homes that are going to closing within the next two weeks.
This home closes next week. Very nice home with some minor issues that have been
Foundation issues? - 03/16/12 02:56 AM
I have seen a lot of foundations and venting in my 30 plus years of inspecting.
There are issues that can arise from a poorly poured foundation. Even with the best intentions there may be "issues" that come up.
On this home the foundation has a few "cracks in the foundation stem wall". The stem wall poured after the foting was poured.
When the buyer asked me about the cracks in the foundation wall, I told them that they could be repaired. Then they asked if there was going to be any more seperation in the foundation wall.
"I gave it a slope outward" Why? - 03/13/12 04:44 AM
"I gave it a slope outward" Why?
What's wrong with this picture? When I drove up to this property, I saw this problem right away.
The front porch was added after the fact by the new owners. They did'nt want the structure to touch the home. And when I asked "why is the front porch addition leaning outward"?
Their response was " I did'nt want it to touch the home. And I gave it a slope outward so the water would run off better".
I thought "you have to be kidding me". But i did'nt say anything.
Remember if your going to
Stucco can be a nightmare. - 03/09/12 05:51 AM
Stucco can be a nightmare.
Especially when not installed correctly. There are a lot of ways to install a stucco covering to a home or building of any size.
Just remember to use the proper materials to get the job done correctly.
This unit was a double unit that are rentals. This was only one of two buildings on site. The other building is a five unit complex.
This unit had siding issues. No maintenance for years is what it looked like to me.
This T-111 sideing was never maintained after installation 20 years ago.
Notice how "warped" the
I thought, "oh good" they upgraded the electrical system. Or did they really. - 03/08/12 04:37 AM
I thought, "oh good" they upgraded the electrical system. Or did they really.
As I inspect homes, not much surprises me any more. It seems that home owners are trimming so many corners they have nothing left.
Note to "Uncle Bob" Cease and desist from any more home repairs.
My first impression of this home was good they upgraded the electrical system to handle the increased load to the home. I could'nt have been more wrong.
Here was the latest up grade to the home that was installed two years ago.
When I got in the home to check out all
Inspection went from good to bad to worse. - 03/07/12 05:00 AM
Inspection went from good to bad to worse.
This recent inspection of a home was going well till I took a look at the "new roof". This roof was installed in 11 of 2011. This is the "GOOD" part.
I was thinking before I got on the roof that "being a new roof" there should be "no issues" for me to find.
I could'nt have been more wrong.
In this picture there are five things wrong. Can you pick them out?
This is the bad part.
1. The boot is the wrong size for the vent.
2. The vent has
Furnace exhaust connections, the way not to do it right. - 03/06/12 04:05 AM
Furnace exhaust connections, the way not to do it right.
With all the ways to install furnaces, there is the right way the wrong way and then there is the contractors way.
It seems that if no one is watching the contractor, corners will be cut. Without a mechanical inspection for the new furnace. The installer will find every conceivable way to cut as many corners as possible.
Here are a few reasons to always get a permit and have the state or local "mechanical inspector" follow up behind the installer and make sure the installation was done correctly.
Bath fans, they need some TLC as well. - 03/05/12 04:39 AM
Bath fans, they need some TLC as well.
I did a home inspection on a multi unit complex this weekend. The units for the most part was sound with exception of some issues like a new roof and windows etc.
I had inspected the upper bath when I ran accross this bathroom.
There the fan was for all to use when in the bathroom.
So why not use it? I asked the tenant if she used the fan on a regular basis. She told me Not really. She never thinks about using the fan when in the bathroom taking a shower.
It's spring in Carlsbad New Mexico. - 03/01/12 03:34 AM
It's spring in Carlsbad New Mexico.
With that said, there are a lot of ways you can tell spring is here.
Remember to fill the hummingbird feeders. Put water in the bird baths. Here the water for the birds don't last very long.
I was in the yard the other day when I noticed that I had some flowers that decided it was time to bloom.
After the wind storms of the past couple of days I was really surprised to see them saying "Good Morning".
These shots are from a new flower bed we just installed last fall.