One thing that has always made me feel a little pit in my stomach is anticipating a home inspection with an inspector I don’t know. It may even be worse than anticipating one with an inspector I do know who is a little goofy.
Today’s inspection is on a really old Victorian house, built somewhere around 1914. And I have to say, it appears that Jack Reilly, the inspector my buyers selected, is very much an old house guy! He’s an inspector who also has a lot of knowledge about architectural history, and he knows exactly what to look for.
What a relief!
In this area, a lot of the inspectors don’t really get old houses. They may be faulous with mid-century tract houses in the suburbs or new construction. But here in DC, we have a lot of turn-of-the-century homes. And we are not even sure which century. !942 is considered to be new construction!
Jack, thank heavens, was not one of the inspectors we city types fear. He could spot the location of a fireplace that got covered up. And he knew it was coal burning. He could tell that the spider cracks at the side of the house didn’t mean it was falling down, but needed attention.. And, he’s a huge fan of Victorians.
And for an old guy (OK, he’s about my age) he was pretty techedi out. Not only is there the normal stuff – moisture meters, gas sniffer, etc. Most impressive, Jack used a video camera throughout the inspection, and he’ll supply a DVD to the clients. This is great because one of the buyers is out of town, and now he’ll be able to see first hand what happened.
Another thing I really like is that he does find a lot of stuff that’s going to need attention, and he is really good at explaining it without making the buyer want to hop the next flight to Kansas. It's what I call a good house-side manner.
The man is a house whisperer!
Now, I really think that Jack needs to join Active Rain. Maybe he could even find a really cute mascot to be Nutsy's pal!