home inspector: How to Inspect a Ceiling Fan - 01/04/17 05:36 PM
A fan attached to a room’s ceiling is known as a ceiling fan. Like other fans, it is used to provide comfort for building occupants by circulating air within a room.
Fun Facts About Ceiling Fans
An adult human cannot be decapitated by a ceiling fan, according to the TV show “MythBusters.”  A powerful, industrial-strength fan might be able to damage a skull or slice a person’s neck, however. Ceiling fans were first used in the United States in the 1860s. They were powered by a system of belts driven by a stream of running water. Unlike air conditioners, fans do not … (1 comments)

home inspector: A RESPA-Compliant Way for a Home Inspector to Give a Real Estate Agent a Gift - 01/01/17 07:49 PM
 
 
A Gift From Your Home Inspector
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home inspector: Steel Siding Inspection - 12/31/16 06:47 PM
Steel siding includes a variety of building cladding made from steel, which is an alloy of iron that contains a small amount of carbon. Long preferred as a siding material for industrial and commercial buildings because of its durability and lack of required maintenance, steel’s plain appearance has historically made it an unpopular choice for residential siding.  However, newer steel siding is gaining popularity for residential use because it addresses cosmetic considerations. Certified Master Inspectors® should familiarize themselves with it and can pass along maintenance tips to their clients who are considering new builds or renovations.
The History of Steel Siding
Sheet iron … (1 comments)

home inspector: Free Aging-in-Place Inspection Checklist - 12/30/16 11:06 PM
"Aging in place" is the phenomenon describing senior citizens' ability to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Those who age in place will not have to move from their present residence in order to secure necessary support services in response to their changing needs.   The Baby Boomers
As the baby boomers age, the 60+ population will spike from roughly 45 million in recent years to more than 70 million by 2020. Research shows that baby boomers’ expectations of how they will receive care differ from that of their parents’ generation.  Overwhelmingly, they will seek care in … (0 comments)

home inspector: Zoning Ordinances - 12/30/16 07:43 PM
Zoning ordinances are restrictions on land use set by local governments. These may be use-based or they may regulate lot coverage, building height, or a variety of other characteristics.  Inspectors can better serve their clients by learning how zoning laws affect construction in the areas in which they operate, although offering advice regarding zoning or variances is beyond the scope of a home inspection, and inspectors may want to refer their clients to a local municipal representative, if questions arise.

While the concept of zoning emerged from controls developed by European cities in the late 19th century, the first zoning ordinances in the … (0 comments)

 
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