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       Farris Home Inspections inc. is now offering phase inspections for newly constructed homes in Asheville, North Carolina.  Working as a builder in the construction industry for the past 10 years I've witnessed practices that are far below standards and are sometimes missed by the city inspe...
08/12/2009
     While inspecting various homes around Asheville I've noticed certain problems with decks that are not code compliant and can be hazardous.  The balusters on the deck railing should be no more than 4 inches apart.  I've witnessed some of these being as much as six inches apart.  The main conc...
07/29/2009
I'm offering my services to anyone interested in purchasing a home in the Bent Creek neighborhood in Asheville North Carolina.  I've lived in this neighborhood for two years and have been remodeling the home that I purchased since then.  I've had the pleasure of meeting and working for some of th...
07/28/2009
      Do you ever here the saying "They don't build them like they used to".  Well this is true in the fact that today's standards and codes have made homes much safer and secure.  For those of you who don't know, the very first code to be placed on homes was that the chimney could no longer be c...
07/28/2009
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I installed a bathroom fan in a bathroom yesterday that was in definite need of a fan.  The walls were covered with mold.  The lady who owned the home has been living there for around 30 years and she said her children would always take showers in that bathroom with the door closed and no ventila...
07/28/2009
I've spoken with the top mitigation provider in the asheville area and he informed me that radon is very high in this part of the state.  Any radon professional will tell you that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.  For an average of around $100-$150 any home can be tested, I think...
07/26/2009
  As an Asheville N.C. home inspector I've notice a lot of crumbling decks this summer.  Summer is a great season for taking care of your deck.  Don't be afraid to kick the railing look for signs of deterioration.  I've built many decks in the past that I've watched loose their life early due to ...
07/26/2009
My wife asked me the other day if there was a such thing as green inspecting.  I said not really but I do inspect homes that have been built to the new green code.  If that is what you would call a green inspection then I guess I perform them.  As a contractor, customers are always asking me if I...
07/24/2009
I'm currently running a special on my website for home buyers in need of an Inspection.  A few weeks ago I inspected a home and the lady was a renter of the home and was thinking of purchasing the home.  She made a few jokes during the inspection about the fact that she didn't have certain tools ...
07/24/2009
       As a contractor I come across all kinds of things in homes that make me shake my head.  Recently I was called to fix a set of concrete steps that were chipping badly.  The previous owner, in an attempt to hide the aging steps, had patched the steps with an incorrect method and painted over...
07/24/2009
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