lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio home inspection: Check Your Batteries In Your CO2 Detector - 12/14/09 09:57 AM
Make sure that you check your batteries on you CO2 detector. I had my first case of a high CO2 level in my neighbors home today. She was not feeling good and having trouble breathing. I saw that she had a CO2 detector and I tested it. The battery was dead. Replaced battery and it sounded off. She is staying with a friend while her furnace is checked. Be Safe

lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio home inspection: What are you doing to make some extra income on the side - 07/09/09 09:50 AM
With economic hard times that we are seeing in the real estate market. What are you doing to bring in some extra income for your self and your family. I have teamed up with a video security program company where I can sell their program and make some money on the side let alone provide my clients with a great security program to help protect their home or business. Take a look and see if this is something you would like to join into, If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Thanks and have a great day … (0 comments)

lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio 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)

lancasaster ohio home inspection: The new wood in town - 09/02/08 06:34 AM
At some point in the life of your house, the lumber that holds it together will get wet. The flashing will fail, the roof will leak, or, as demonstrated by last year's hurricanes, the rains will drive and the waters will rise. Frame a house with blue lumber, though, and the water won't wet the wood in the first place. So says Bluwood, whose answer to the glaring question about the glaring color is unsatisfying. (It's a marketing gimmick.) What is satisfying is the Florida company's "infusion film" sealant, a waterproof barrier that they promise will keep moisture out of structural … (2 comments)

lancasaster ohio home inspection: It's Time We Take A New Look At Pre-Listing Inspections - 07/15/08 12:05 PM
With the way todays market is going. We really need to look at all marketing aspects that we have in our bag to help our clients to sell their property. So I thought I would bring this back up for a rea-read again. I f you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Seller inspections (sometimes referred to as pre-listing inspections) are becoming more popular because they virtually eliminate all the pitfalls and hassles associated with waiting to do the inspections until a buyer is found.  In many ways, waiting to schedule inspections until after a home goes under agreement, is too late.  Seller … (4 comments)

lancasaster ohio home inspection: "Adding peace of mind" - 10/03/07 12:57 AM
After working as a Insurance underwriter inspector for a number of years on the side as I built my Home inspection business. I learned a lot tricks of the trade on how to help cut the cost on your insurance cost. The (2) big water damage claims for the insurance companies were (1) roofs, (2) washing machines. One of the easiest ways to cut insurance cost is your water supply lines. IE: sinks, toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines. I know you have all seen them some time or the other in some of the high value home and at your local home repair … (0 comments)