home inspection: Do you know the TOP Reasons for hiring HABITEC in Nashville? - 10/03/12 03:14 AM
Do you know the Top Reasons for hiring HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC for your next Home or Commercial Building Inspection in Nashville and Middle Tennessee?
Thorough: - Meets and exceeds TN Department of Commerce Rules For Home Inspections standards and rules - Approximately on-site about 1 hour per 1000 sqft for Home Inspections, +/-, depending on age, occupancy, foundation, etc   Experience: - Minimum 6 years experience for any HABITEC Inspector - Range of Home Inspections includes 1000 sqft to 12,000 sqft, age from 200+ to new, and list price from $150,000 to 3.3M Affordable: - HABITEC offers competitive rates and … (0 comments)

home inspection: Nashville Home Inspection - Proximity of Tree to the Home - 6.13.11 - 06/14/11 03:38 PM
Nashville Home Inspection - Proximity of Tree to the Home - 6.13.11
Look at the picture below.  Is this OK?
HINT:  Do tree limbs ever move?

ANSWER:  Yes, tree limbs do move.  Even big ones.  Wind, snow, even rain (weight) can cause a tree limb to move.  This tree limb is easily in range of the chimney.  So it could surely damage the chimney.  But what if they were using the chimney with a fire when the chimney is damaged?  What happens to the smoke and fire then?  Trees should not overhang a house if possible and never a chimney.  … (3 comments)

home inspection: Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - Attic Stair Mount - What's Wrong With This Picture? 4/17/10 - 04/18/10 07:24 AM
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Now onto the blog!  Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - Attic Stair Mount - What's Wrong With This Picture? 
HINT:  Take a walk with me on the wild side and let's go up the attic stairs.  Let's stop at the top of the stairs and admire the view.

At the top of the attic stairs every Home Inspector should pause to check the fasteners holding the stair system to the frame. Look closely at the device inserted into the … (3 comments)

home inspection: Tennessee Home Inspection - What Is Wrong With This Picture? 4/16/10 - 04/18/10 06:48 AM
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Now onto the blog!  What's Wrong With This Picture?  HINT:  I am taking the picture from inside the attic looking down at the attic stairs coming up into the attic.  The attic furnace is behind me.

Answer:  Now imagine you are the HVAC tech coming to work on the furnace or a homeowner carrying personal items into the attic for storage.  How do you get to the furnace or landing area, shown in the foreground, without crossing … (6 comments)

home inspection: Tennessee Home Inspection: Keeper of the Deck? - 04/13/10 12:38 PM
Met this guy the other day as I approached the deck.  Didn't seem to want to move.  He won!

Thank you,
Richard Acree

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home inspection: HABITEC joins GNAR as an Affiliate Member! - 03/21/10 12:53 PM
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, is pleased to report that we have joined GNAR, the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS, as an Affiliate Member. 
GNAR is one of the largest REALTOR Associations in Tennessee with approximately 4000 members and affiliates.  The organization is based in Nashville, TN in Davidson County and has been providing services to real estate professionals for over 100 years!  HABITEC is pleased to be associated with such an outstanding group of real estate professionals serving the Nashville and surrounding metro area.
Thank you,
Richard Acree

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home inspection: Foreclosed Homes - Lenders, Get Out of Your Cubicle! - 03/19/10 01:06 PM
So my Client for a Home Inspection called me today to cancel the Inspection.  Reason, the utilities were not turned ON.
We all knew this was a foreclosed and bank-owned home, so we also knew the home had probably been winterized.  That means it has the water shut off at the street and the gas is probably pinned OFF at the meter.  At least the electricity was ON.
We ask the Client when they first booked the Inspection to make sure all utilities are ON, so they can get their money's worth in the Inspection.  It is hard to check the … (4 comments)

home inspection: Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - Roof Ridge Shingles - What's Wrong With This Picture? 3/18/10 - 03/19/10 12:35 PM
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Nashville Home Inspection - Roof Ridge Shingles - What's Wrong with This Picture?
HINT:  Another foreclosed home.  When do you think the roofer found about that?

ANSWER:  The roofer probably found about the foreclosure just before he installed the final roof ridge vent.  As a show of professionalism, at least he covered the opening into the house at the ridge.  In this case the roofer just hammered down a few shingles and left the … (3 comments)

home inspection: HABITEC quoted in The Tennessean Newspaper - 1/15/10 - 01/15/10 04:13 AM
Please see the article quoting Richard Acree that is published in the Jan 15, 2010 issue of the Williamson County section of The Tennessean regarding radon in closed houses.
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100115/WILLIAMSON06/100115014/2027/WILLIAMSON/Inspector+warns+of+radon+risk+in+vacant+homes
Thank you,
Richard Acree

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home inspection: MTAR 2009 REALTORS of the YEAR - 01/15/10 12:35 AM
MTAR, the Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS, has announced the Rookie REALTOR of the Year and REALTOR of the Year for 2009!
Rookie Realtor of the Year for 2009 is Debra Beagle of Coldwell Banker, Snow and Wall, of Murfreesboro.  Also nominated for this prestigious award was Willie Mangrum of Crye-Leike, REALTORS, of Murfreesboro.  Congratulations to both newcomers of the Real Estate industry.
MTAR REALTOR of the Year for 2009 was awarded to Dale Patterson of Keller Williams Realty in Murfreesboro.  Also nominated for this award was Richard Lewis of Exit Realty, Lamb and Associates, and Lisa Crowell of Coldwell Banker, … (0 comments)

home inspection: HABITEC joins MTAR! - 01/15/10 12:20 AM
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, is pleased to report that we have joined MTAR, Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS, as an Affiliate Member. 
MTAR is one of the largest REALTOR Associations in Tennessee with approximately 1500 members and affiliates.  The organization is based in Murfreesboro in Rutherford County.  According to the MTAR website, the mission of the Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS is to provide the MTAR membership with state of the art tools, training and support to ensure that all members have the ability to become ethical, professional and successful REALTORS.
Thank you,
Richard Acree

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home inspection: Nashville Home Inspection - Foundation Cone of Compression - What's Wrong With This Picture? 1/4/10 - 01/06/10 11:44 AM
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Now on to the article:  What is Wrong With this Picture? 
HINT:    Well, I suppose we could make a pool out of it??!!



ANSWER:  The Cone of Compression is the area from the base of a foundation extending out and down at a 45 degree angle from the sides of the foundation.  The Cone of Compression is not suppose to be disturbed once it is established.  Otherwise, the foundation can become unstable and start to move.  In this … (4 comments)

home inspection: Nashville Home Inspection - Passive Radon System Installation - What's Wrong With This Picture? 1/5/10 - 01/06/10 11:29 AM
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Now on to the article:  Nashville Home Inspection - Passive Radon System Installation - What is Wrong With this Picture? 
HINT:  A radon mitigation system is suppose to take air/vapor/radon from below the home and transport it to the outside of the home, usually at the roof line.



ANSWER:  The idea is to capture the radon gas before it enters the home, including the crawl space.  It usually works best if the pipe is under the moisture … (7 comments)

home inspection: Nashville Home Inspection - Vegetation - What's Wrong With This Picture? 1/6/10 - 01/06/10 09:44 AM
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Now on to the article:  Nashville Home Inspection - Vegetation - What is Wrong With this Picture? 
HINT:    None!  Everybody knows what's wrong with this picture.  The real question is, How do you get it down from there?  


 
Answer:  Hire someone who knows what they're doing!  Trying to get this down without experience in this kind of work can easily damage the house and cause injury to people involved.
Thank you,
Richard Acree

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home inspection: Continuing Education Course for Realtors at HABITEC! - 01/05/10 01:45 PM
HABITEC is pleased to offer a 6 Hour Continuing Education Course for Realtors licensed in Tennessee!  The next class date is June 17, 2010, in Mt Juliet, TN. 
The TREC-approved class is priced at $45 for the 6 hour course.  And, GROUP RATES ARE AVAILABLE!  More details are available on our website at http:/www.habitecinspections.com/educationmaterial.aspx.  The class can cost as little as $10/realtor when groups of 30 or more sign up! 
Please contact us at 615-376-2753 to reserve your seat.  We hope to see you there!
Thank you,
Richard Acree

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home inspection: Nashville Home Auction Inspections - 12/20/09 07:16 AM
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Now on to the article.  Home Auction Inspections.
Well, it is a sign of the times, but the real estate auction is a frequent event these days.  At HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, we have a service that applies to the real estate auction. 
Like a Home Inspector Review, where a Home Inspector looks/inspects a property in a manner similar to a Home Inspection but without taking pictures or notes or later writing a report, the Auction Inspection … (0 comments)

home inspection: Nashville Home Inspection - Electrical Junction Boxes and HVAC Ductwork Asbestos - What's Wrong With This Picture? (11/01/09) - 11/02/09 12:50 PM
HINT:  Two things are potentially wrong.  And, the house is about 75 years old.


ANSWER:  Sure, the electrical box should have a cover.  But what is that white stuff in the back ground?  Could it be asbestos?  Only a test will tell for sure.
Thank you,
Richard Acree

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home inspection: Nashville Home Inspection - Spiders in the Attic - What is Wrong With This Picture? (9/26/09) - 09/26/09 02:33 PM
HINT:  These things hunt for their food. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANSWER:  This guy, a recluse spider we named Spider MAN, was sitting right at the top of the attic stairs.  He is about the size of a silver dollar!!
Thank you,
Richard Acree

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home inspection: Nashville Home Inspection - Furnace Issues - What's Wrong With This Picture? (6/26/9) - 06/26/09 12:18 PM
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Nashville Home Inspection - Furnace Issues - What's Wrong With This Picture?
Hint:  You are looking at the inside of an HVAC split system interior unit after the front cover has been removed.

 
Answer:  Rust!  Lots of it.  But the unit was 18 years old so some deterioration is expected.  But not this much.  The rust happened because the insulation on the line set that tracked into this unit had deteriorated above the manifold … (1 comments)

home inspection: Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - Brick Veneer Ledge - What's Wrong With This Picture? (4/17/9) - 04/18/09 02:19 AM
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HINT:  Did you ever wonder how those brick veneer walls stay up there? 
 

ANSWER:  Brick veneer walls exceeding 4 ' in height require a concrete foundation to rest on and usually there is an angled metal drip edge between the bottom row of bricks and the concrete foundation.   Wainscots not exceeding 4' may be exempted depending on local codes.  However, bracing any veneer … (0 comments)

 
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