columbus home inspection: Concerning Electrical Inspections In Ohio Update - 02/14/10 07:21 AM
INACHIOHIO chapter, had a meeting this last Saturday in Dublin Ohio to discuss what we can do, and can not do, or write in our reports when it concerns the electrical system. It was a pleasure to have  Jan Sokonicki from the Division of Industrial Compliance and Labor to answer our questions. What we did find out was this. We are allowed to open up the electrical panels and have a look and call out safety concerns IF you are wanting to take that liability to do so. With concerns to the electrical system, we can test the system, and call out electrical safety … (4 comments)

columbus home inspection: Sump Pump Alert ! - 01/24/10 01:06 AM
I inspected a home this week that has a sump pump. We had a warm up and it melted off 8 " of snow. Needles to say, I found 2 inches of water on the bare cement floor that had came from the sump pump pit. Thank goodness the electric panel was not in that area. I could see that the pump was plugged in. So I went to the panel and found that the breaker was in the off position. I flipped it on and the pump did its thing. Later on in the inspection, the Realtor showed up to lock … (4 comments)

columbus home inspection: What Is In A Name? - 01/05/10 10:15 AM
What is in a name? I have always took pride in my name and what it represented. Hello, my name is Mark H Roe of 2151 West Fair Ave Lancaster, Ohio 43130. I am the owner of BeSure Home Inspection Service, with 2 websites and . I have been in the home inspection business going on 6 years now. I am a Certified Home Inspector, and I am a proud member of the InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors. I had a client ask me a while back why I take some much time in completing the home inspection? … (3 comments)

columbus home inspection: Let Me Help You And Your Clients, Find Where You Are Losing Energy - 12/12/09 12:41 AM
 With the rising cost of utility bills that are now starting to crepe up on us as the winter is making its presence known. Let me help you find where your money is escaping and help you save on those rising utility bills.
I have purchase a new tool to add to my arsenal of Home Inspection tools. I purchased the new Thermal Leak Detector which helps reduce energy costs by finding energy leaks in your home. I can instantly identify problem areas around drafty windows and doors, and uncover hidden leaks and insulation "soft spots" around electrical outlets, recessed lights, … (3 comments)

columbus home inspection: Holiday Lighting - 12/07/09 11:51 PM
Well we had our first Christmas light fire the other day. Reports from the fire Marshall was that the home owner had stated that the string of lights were 3 years old and they had left them on over night . The fire Marshall reported that the lights were not rated for outside use and had shorted out. He also noted that the power source was not a breaker outdoor type plug. Have a great day and a safe Holiday. "Be Safe"
•Use caution with holiday decorations and, whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant and non-combustible materials.
•Keep candles … (0 comments)

columbus home inspection: Winter Driving Tips - 12/07/09 10:26 AM
After driving in this mornings first measurable snow, and seeing how many people were in the ditch. I thought I would post a couple tips that my dad always made sure I had in the car.
Keep emergency gear in your car. IE:
Cell phone
Flash light with extra batteries
Extra blankets
Jumper cables
Sand or Kitty litter for traction
Chemical heat pouches (extend hours)
Warning devices such as flares or Reflecting triangles
A couple read made self heating meals
Am/FM Radio. They have the new self powered crank units
Last not least, STAY WITH YOUR CAR!! Wait for help to arrive. … (3 comments)

columbus home inspection: It Is Time To Re-Brand My Home Inspection Company - 12/05/09 10:16 PM
With the way todays economy and the flood of new Home Inspectors into the industry. I felt it was time to Re-brand my Home Inspection company to re-introduce BeSure Home Inspection Service to the Realtors, and clients of my services. Thanks for taking the time to read my post, and may you have many happy sales and inspections.
This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection.  The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the home being inspected.We are determined to perform inspections of the upmost quality, with integrity.  For a buyer, we make sure that … (7 comments)

columbus home inspection: The $179 QuickInspect - 11/27/09 08:46 PM
 With today economy and fast pace Real Estate market. I thought I would add a new type of inspection to my business to better serve you and your clients. Thanks for taking the time to look at my post, and may you have many happy sales and inspections.
The $179 QuickInspect is an affordable option for investors, as well as anyone on a budget.  As we all know, Time is Money!  So, if we can save time, we can save you money.  The savings comes in by us not having to spend hours creating a detailed, written inspection report, as this … (8 comments)

columbus home inspection: Inspection Report Update - 11/21/09 01:39 AM
I had a discussion with a agent this morning over coffee about the number of pages for inspection reports. He stated that all he really like to see as far as the number of pages are any where from 5-25 pages that includes a summary page at the front at the most.  Well I have found that I have been including to much information in my reports IE: type of flooring, wall covering, etc for every room in the house, any health or safety issues with photos. I felt I was providing a service for my clients with this information.  So I called a … (8 comments)

columbus home inspection: Time for the curb appeal spring cleaning - 03/03/09 08:48 AM
Ok, according to the ground hog, spring is just around the corner. Again, that all depends on where you live right now. The east coasters might want to kill the ground hog right now. But back to the point. People who are still trying to sell their home may want to consider the following tips.
Curb appeal, Curb appeal!!
1. Get out in the yard and pick up all of the downed tree limbs
2. Clear out all of the old dead flowers from the flower beds. Be careful not to damage the new growth that has started to emerge.
3. … (1 comments)

columbus home inspection: Snow Removal Tips - 11/21/08 11:17 AM
Ok, winter is finally making it appearances. So it is time to get your snow removal equipment in order for that first snow removal date.
1. Get the right shovel,IE: ergonomically shove. This type makes it alot easier on your back and hips
2. Get your snow blower or thrower out, put in some fresh gas and check out the oil level. Start it up to make sure all is well and in proper working condition
3.Instead of using salt to melt the ice on your drive way or sidewalks. Buy calcium chloride, it will work at temps down to 5 … (5 comments)

columbus home inspection: Ways to Shrink Your Energy Bills - 09/30/08 01:17 PM
Spend a little, save a lot, or spend a whole bunch and save even more. Here is a tip to shave your energy bills year round. Sure, it's nostalgia-inducing and all, but when it comes down to it, your fireplace is terribly—make that laughably—inefficient. According to the Department of Energy, a lit fireplace sucks about 24,000 cubic feet of furnace-heated air up your chimney each hour. Bonus: It's replaced by cold air that comes in the opposite direction through the same opening, causing your furnace to work extra hard to keep your house toasty. Still, we love gathering round the hearth … (1 comments)

columbus home inspection: Fall Furnace Maintenance Reminder - 09/09/08 01:39 PM
The weather man tonight on TV stated that we may need the furnace tonight because it may have a chance of frost in northern Ohio. So before chilly autumn nights set in, you need to make an appointment for your furnace's annual checkup. Without this yearly cleaning and inspection, a system can wear itself out quickly, pump deadly carbon monoxide into your home, or simply stop working.
Whatever type of system you have, don't wait until it breaks down to call for service. A clean, well-adjusted heating system will save you money on fuel and prolong furnace life. Annual servicing is … (3 comments)

columbus home inspection: Safety Tips for Fall Yard Chores - 09/02/08 09:19 AM
 As the leaves turn and the weather cools, many of us begin outdoor cleanup. Consider the number of injuries in yard work accidents every autumn and you may begin to suspect that "fall" is actually short for "pitfall." Fall, it seems, is the season for back injuries, tumbles from ladders and lawn mower accidents. Approximately 42 million people seek emergency room treatment for such injuries each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some simple tips to avoid common autumn injuries while working around the yard.  * Use a rake that is comfortable for your height … (1 comments)

columbus home inspection: "Selling Your Home Faster" - 09/07/07 02:44 PM
The New, National "Move-In Certified" Program 
 Today's slower housing market calls for some creative thinking, and the pre-inspected "Move In Certified" program instills buyer confidence.  As a participant, you assure the potential buyer that your home is free from any major concerns regarding safety and function, and that a professional, independent Home Inspection report is available for viewing.  Other advantages include: 
 You choose a Certified Inspector rather than be subject to the buyer's choice of inspector.
It will alert you of any immediate safety issues before other agents and potential buyers tour the home You can assist the inspector during the inspection, something normally not done … (0 comments)

columbus home inspection: High Tech Tool Update - 08/14/07 02:00 PM
I have finally finished building my new aerial video home inspection tool today. Now the next thing to do is to perfect my flying abilities. After I get that down, I will be adding a aerial inspection for my clients and also a aerial virtual tour package for the Realtors. As soon as I get a video put together, I will post a link for you to look at.
Mark H Roe
BeSure Home Inspection Service

columbus home inspection: "Tip of the day" - 08/14/07 01:48 PM
According to B.J. Perkins of Habitat's ReUse program manager in Austin Texas.
"Before you remodel, invite a Habitat for Humanity chapter to remove materials and fixtures for later resale. "About 85 percent of a house is reusable," We can do a total take down, or do a cherry-pick job and take the cabinets, the tub, the sink, and so on." You save space in the landfill, collect a charitable tax credit, and help a good cause."
We have a ReUse chapter here in Lancaster, Ohio. I am always recommending my clients to go there to see if they can find it there first before they … (6 comments)

columbus home inspection: Are You Green ? - 04/28/07 07:12 AM

columbus home inspection: Dangers in a Home we would never of thought of - 03/25/07 01:45 AM
Biological Pollutants in the Home
I know this Blog is a little long. But the information that it provides gives you a insight to problems we may not have even thought of. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Outdoor air pollution in cities is a major health problem. Much effort and money continues to be spent cleaning up pollution in the outdoor air. But air pollution can be a problem where you least expect it, in the place you may have thought was safest - your home. Many ordinary activities such as cooking, heating, cooling, cleaning, … (0 comments)

columbus home inspection: Log Home Basic Information - 03/24/07 01:09 PM
I am finding more and more people building Log Homes in hopes of saving energy. Here is some basic information concerning the what, when, and how of log homes. At the bottom of the page you will find what I will and will not inspect on a log home.  Log homes may be site-built or pre-cut in a factory for delivery to the site. Some log home manufacturers can also customize their designs. Before designing or purchasing a manufactured log home, you need to consider the following for energy efficiency: The R-Value of Wood In a log home, the wood helps … (1 comments)