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By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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Pressure-treated wood can rot!People think their pressure-treated wood decks will never rot.Another urban legend  rears its ugly head.The first pressure-treated wood was invented by Dr. Karl Wolman in the early 20th century.  He developed a water-based process to infuse salts into the wood that w...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Braemar Piggyback Quarterly:  January-March 2017 (1st Quarter)Are you as happy as I am that it is sunny today?  Too many dreary days in a row bring me down.  Guess I should enjoy this sun while I can.  The extended forecast for Bristow had shown a lot of cloudy days coming up, but I just looked a...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Braemar Patio Home Quarterly:  January-March 2017 (1st Quarter)Another rainy day in Braemar.   That means no walk for me today, but I must hand it to the gal I saw braving this afternoon's heavier downpour, jogging along Tartan Hills Parkway.  That is dedication.  While I may not have that dedica...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 3
Braemar Condo Quarterly:  January-March 2017 (1st Quarter)If April showers bring May flowers, May is going to be very colorful in Braemar.  It's been a pretty dreary stretch, but I'll take this rainy Monday to catch you up on Braemar condo values for the first quarter.  This report, however, we'r...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 9
We Would Like You to Show Us...While sitting in the office today, I picked up a call coming into the office.  A nice enough sounding young man identified himself and said he would like me to show him a particular property.  The first question I asked, "Are you working with an agent to represent y...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 9
The coolest plumber's tool kit I have ever seen!On this pre-drywall inspection the builder was installing CPVC plumbing, which is the most common plumbing product in this area.This is the only time I can see the house in a skeletal condition.  A pre-drywall inspection is an important opportunity ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 7
When a dryer vents through the roof.I see it all the time, and for about 20 years now.  Dryers that vent through the roof.To me it is not a smart installation.And problems are inherent for any homeowner with dryers that vent through the roof.Builders will say it isn't a problem because clogs happ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 15
A passive radon mitigation system installed in new construction.One thing I am seeing more and more in new construction is the installation of a passive radon mitigation system which would only need a fan should a house test positive for radon.Not all the builders do this.But when I see it I poin...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 7
Should a builder change an installation to accommodate a buyer?This is a good one.  The buyer of this house wanted a basement laundry room in addition to the normal one on the bedroom level.  The builder said fine.This is what we found on the pre-drywall inspection.But when the installation was c...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 5
The great reveal of this new home was ... revealing.When a final walk through is scheduled on new construction, to happen a week or so before closing, the idea is to show the house off!  And let the buyer see the features, and get a feel for the depth of craftsmanship and construction.This was a ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
This expansion tank is probably too heavy for the plumbing.This brand new house is fitted with the plastic CPVC plumbing.It's fine material, when installed right, and has been used around here in residential construction for about 20 years.But, it is plastic.  It does not have the same strength a...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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How to Avoid Low Appraisals When Selling Your Bristow HomeWhen you are selling your Bristow, VA home at a time when prices are increasing, appraisers can be stingy.  They don't like to get overly optimistic since our real estate crash a decade ago.  They are very cautious and the result is that m...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 10
Renting vs. Buying:  The Real Reason You Should BuyWhen you talk to a real estate agent about renting vs. buying, they usually launch into a discussion about how mortgage interest is tax deductible and how you can actually save money buying over renting.  Mortgage interest is tax deductible and c...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 7
It's called an AC pan condensate float switch because it floats.There are many detection devices to hopefully avoid a leak problem from a clog in the AC condensate drain line or drip pan.One of those devices is a float switch which turns the unit off if there is a clog.All HVAC units have a prima...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 17
Some Days Are Better Than OthersYesterday in Manassas and Bristow...heck, nearly the whole Northern Virginia region, there was extreme weather going on.  It started with morning thunderstorms, a rather odd occurrence in our area.  Most of our thunderstorms are late afteroon or evening in the summ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 12
Not a roof leak repair you want to see.Almost any roof can leak at any time given the force and direction of driving rain.My roof leaked in two different places during Hurricane Sandy.  It had not leaked before and has not leaked since.In this house there was evidence of a roof leak that was repo...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 15
This is a must - access to shut-off valves "shall be provided."And especially the water main valve.Why wouldn't easy access to the water main valve be provided?  It's an ESSENTIAL valve!  If water to the house needs to be shut off for emergencies you want quick and easy access to the valve.The co...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 11
Replacement windows DEMAND replacement insulation!Replacing old windows with newer, more efficient windows is a big business.It isn't cheap.  But the companies all promise savings.About 30% of the energy efficiency in the house is lost through windows and doors.  Therefore the promised savings va...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 2
Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2017Been wondering what your Braemar townhouse is worth?  Well, this edition of the Braemar Townhouse Report is sure to help get in the ball park of your townhome's value.  In this report, we are looking back to the first two months of 2017.Between Janua...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 2
Braemar Property Values:  January-February (Ryan Homes)Braemar's real estate market has been hopping ever since the turn of the new year.  And in this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report we are going to take a look back at January and February sales activity of properties built by Ryan H...

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