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By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 18
This is why home inspectors are not "required" to remove electric panel box covers.Because sometimes we can't!  It's nice when we can.  There is usually a lot to see!Can  you see the electric panel box?The yellow arrow is pointing toward it.About fifteen feet of stuff had to be removed to get to ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 17
Our church stinks.I guess you could take that a couple of ways.  But they meant that it really did stink.  Especially on Sundays when so many people were there.The stink had been getting worse for a month and was so bad some people had stopped coming to church.  The administrators did not know wh...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 27
Minor Delays are Perfectly Acceptable to Achieve Marketing PerfectionAround the time my mother was in the hospital, a home owner in my neighborhood contacted me via phone with tons of urgency in his voice.  He needed me to help him sell his home ASAP and if I couldn't, could I refer him to someon...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 17
The shower drain that doesn't exist.I have seen this before.  People who don't pull permits to do "improvements" and try to sneak a fast one on an unsuspecting buyer.Seeing this new shower I was immediately suspicious.Why?  Because this model house, built in this area in the late 60s and early 70...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 11
When mirror silvering fails.Mirrors are simple sheets of glass that have been coated on the backside with aluminum oxide.This is a process that has been around for hundreds of years.  In the past everything from tin, and mercury, and silver were used to coat the backside of glass.  That silver wa...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 39
Is a home inspector required to inspect (test) a washing machine?No, there is no "requirement," but a home inspector can test anything he wants to or that the client wants tested.Does that surprise you?Isn't the home inspector hired to examine systems and components?  Yes, but there are limits.Th...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 16
"But it was just a little leak.  We turned off the dishwasher!"Water from leaks has to go somewhere.  Even when the leak appears to be contained.This client built a new home and I performed a home inspection.  All of the appliances were tested, including the dishwasher.  And they have been in the...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 32
When unprofessional "roofers" have never heard of OSHA.Many roofs in our neighborhood got shredded by a tornado in April.  Mine included.Of course I hired a professional I have known for over 20 years - licensed to the hilt, insured, professional in every way.   And voted the best roofer in Virgi...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 16
All in a Week's WorkIt's been an eventful week for this Bristow Real Estate Agent.  And the most important thing that happened this week had nothing to do with real estate, but was how it all got started.  My elderly mother nearly collapsed while at the grocery store with me on Sunday evening, so...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 11
The Best Review a Bristow, VA Real Estate Agent Could Ever GetSelling homes in the Bristow-Gainesville marketplace is something so much more satisfying than I could have ever imagined it would be.  And since 2005, when I first started my Bristow-Gainesville real estate career, I have deepened my ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 29
It's that time of year again, and time to get ready for the seasons ahead, so these are Jay's 2017 Fall/Winter Maintenance Recommendations While not intended to be exhaustive, and you may have things you personally like to take care of, you might consider the following! * Winterize the exterior ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 23
True or false - you don't need a home inspection on new construction?So, what do you think?This is what you hear from the builder or builder's Realtor:-->   We only employ the best subcontractors to work on your house.-->   We have a supervisor on site, every day.  He is making hundreds of regula...

By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Executives)
Comments 3
 In Colonial Virginia the location of the county courthouse was the county government center.  When a courthouse and jail was built in Brentsville in 1822 it fulfilled that role for Prince William County and did so for many years.  Both have been restored and are the centerpieces for the Brentsvi...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 17
The Effects of Irma Even Stretched to Bristow, VAHow can a hurricane, swirling so many states below Virginia have an effect on anything going on in Bristow, VA?  Well, it was certainly not a widespread effect, but certainly had this Bristow Real Estate Agent on edge from Friday into Sunday.It all...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 31
Doing more than the client expects.  The slight edge business model. What is your business model?  Do you create a slight edge?I think exceeding expectation is an important business model.  Or should be.Clients have expectations in every business.  Are we, as business providers, doing less than t...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 15
Why this hose bib shut-off valve replacement is incorrect.Apparently the old hose bib shut-off valve in this house broke and needed replacement.It's always best to have a professional do such work, or, if one is capable of doing one's own work, at least know what products to use. Do you know why ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Property Values:  July-August 2017 (Heritage Series)What a crummy day.  Nothing but dreary skies and rain.  Of course, these crappy weather days are great for putting together local real estate market reports.   Today I am working on the Braemar Property Value Report for Heritage Series h...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 2
Braemar Property Values:  July-August 2017 (Courtyard Series)While the fall solstice may not be until September twenty-second this year, it certainly felt like fall as soon as we entered September.  The chill in the air reminds me of back to school time, even decades after graduating high school....

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 2
Braemar Property Values:  July-August 2017 (Carriage Series)For some reason, this doesn't feel like a holiday weekend to me.  Maybe it is because I haven't fired up the grill and done the American classic holiday weekend meal--hot dogs and hamburgers.  The sunshine outside today is certainly invi...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 2
Braemar Property Values:  July-August 2017 (Arista Series)Labor Day weekend certainly didn't get off to a sunny start yesterday.  The drizzling rain made it fairly miserable.  Seems you will have a chance to enjoy the last days of the Braemar pool season today and tomorrow though.  Right now, it ...

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