nashville: 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)

nashville: Do You Recognize This Picture? 3/24/10 - 03/24/10 03:56 PM
Hint: It's in Rome, Italy.

ANSWER:  This is the Roman Colosseum and the area below the arena where the Gladiators fought.  In the picture above is a view of the Colosseum in Rome, looking from the south end towards the north across the arena area.  The area in the foreground is the "floor" of the Colosseum arena where the actions took place.  The Colosseum is interesting for many reasons, but the area below the arena of the Colosseum was a maze of hidden tunnels.  All sorts of stuff went on down there to enable lions and tigers and bad guys (oh … (2 comments)

nashville: HABITEC joins EMTAR as an Affiliate Member! - 03/21/10 12:42 PM
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, is pleased to report that we have joined EMTAR, Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS, as an Affiliate Member. 
MTAR is one of the largest REALTOR Associations in Tennessee with approximately 800 members and affiliates.  The organization is based in Mt. Juliet, TN in Wilson County and was formerly named the Wilson County Association of REALTORS.  According to the EMTAR website, the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS will be the catalyst for their member's continued success throughout the 21st Century!  HABITEC is pleased to be associated with such an outstanding group of real estate professionals serving the … (0 comments)

nashville: 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)

nashville: 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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nashville: Tennessee Building Inspection - HABITEC completes Commercial PCR on 10,000 SQFT Retail Services Building - 12/20/09 01:01 PM
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, is pleased to announce the completion of a Commercial Building Property Condition Assessment on a 10,000 sqft Retail Services Building!  This two-story building houses several commercial businesses and sits on a corner lot in Middle Tennessee.

The Property Condition Assessment (PCA) included interior and exterior inspections, structural, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing inspections.  Additionally, the PCA included a radon test, mold assessment and American with Disabilities Act Tier II Survey. 
The Property Condition Report was delivered in electronic format within 72 hours of the on-site inspection.  A printed copy of the PCR was forwarded by courier.
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nashville: 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)

nashville: 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)

nashville: Nashville Home Inspection - Rain Gutter Issues - What's Wrong with this Picture? 9/23/08 - 09/23/08 02:08 PM
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Clue:  Yes, the gutter spike is bent, but the real issue is in the gutter.

Answer:  Look at how much accumulation of shingle granulation is present in the gutter.  This is a good indication of the deterioration of the shingles on the roof.  Next look up at the darker lower edge of the first row of shingles.  The dark area is where the … (2 comments)

nashville: Home Inspection FALL SALE!! - 08/26/08 01:09 PM
FALL HOME INSPECTION SALE!  
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, (HABITEC) is pleased to announce that our FALL HOME INSPECTION SALE starts September 2, 2008 and goes through December 20, 2008!!  During this time, if our schedule will allow, HABITEC will beat by 10% any reasonable and written price for a Home Inspection that is offered in the Nashville, TN Metropolitan Area to include the Tennessee counties of Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Sumner, and Cheatham.
For this limited time you can have the thoroughness of a HABITEC Home Inspection at the best price in the Nashville Metro Area!
Call Now at … (2 comments)

nashville: HABITEC Inspects 18,000 SQFT Church - 07/31/08 01:11 PM
  HABITEC COMPLETES PROPERTY CONDITION ASSESSMENT OF 18,000 SQFT CHURCH
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, is pleased to announce the completion of a Commercial Building Property Condition Assessment (PCA) on an 18,000 square foot church!  The PCA was completed by Ron Rittiner, Chief Inspector and Business Manager, and Richard Acree, President.  Ron Rittiner was the Inspector of Record.
 
The steel framed building was constructed in 2005/2006.  It has a sanctuary including a balcony capable of seating 500 people, classrooms, a music room, kitchen, offices, and a gymnasium.  The HVAC system consisted of eight units, four exterior package units and four … (0 comments)

nashville: What's Wrong With This Picture? (6/27/08) - 06/27/08 12:59 AM
This is an excellent example of what can happen if a water management system component fails.  In this case, the siding was allowed to deteriorate and water penetrated the seams.  Once inside it soaked the insulation and from there the wood.  Obviously a major expense.


 
 
 
 
 
 
Richard

Comments in this blog posting are the intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real … (2 comments)

nashville: What's Wrong With This Picture? (6/17/08) - 06/16/08 10:54 PM
Maybe a better question is "What Are You Looking At?"  The answer follows at the bottom of this blog.

Richard

Comments in this blog posting are the intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings.  HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, … (14 comments)

nashville: What's Wrong With This Picture? (6/7/8) - 06/07/08 08:52 AM
Fireplaces can penetrate directly through the roof or on the side of the roof/house.  These penetrations present a water management challenge because of the large size of the penetration and the frequent use of flashing associated with them.  This photo is where a chimney on the side of the house has leaked and the homeowner has made temporary caulk and kick-out flashing repairs.  The repairs have obviously failed.  The junction of the chimney to the roof, metal in this case, is difficult because the roof moves with temperature variations and the caulk will break up over time.  Proper flashing by a … (6 comments)

nashville: HABITEC Inspects Citgo Gas Station - 05/27/08 01:21 PM
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, is pleased to announce the completion of a Commercial Building Property Condition Assessment (PCA) for a Citgo Gas Station.  The site of the PCA is in Nashville Tennessee, Davidson County.  HABITEC completed the PCA on the main building with courtesy comments on the canopy super structure. 
 
HABITEC Commercial Building Inspections services include systematic methods to provide the following:
Walk-Through Survey
Document Review
Key Personnel Interviews
An Opinion of Probable Costs to Repair or Upgrade
Abbreviated Tier II ADA Survey
Environmental Services.
The end result of the PCA is a Property Condition Report (PCR) that indicates the … (1 comments)

nashville: What's Wrong With This Picture? (5/7/8) - 05/07/08 11:23 AM
How close is too close?  The metal downspout goes directly behind the street service conductors, then down to ground level at the garage door entrance.  Maybe the downspout should have been located around the corner to the veneer side?
 
Richard
www.habitecinspections.com

Comments in this blog posting are the intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying … (4 comments)

nashville: Unwanted Visitors! Mind The Gap! - 03/28/08 12:29 AM
At HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, we sometimes see gaps around the metal shrouds covering HVAC ducting that connects to exterior package units at homes and buildings.  We flag this every time because of the negative effects that can come from these gaps.  Gaps at the top of the shroud can allow in water and vegetation debris in such a way so as to create a "mold soup" that can cause mold to grow on or in the ductwork.  Gaps at the bottom of the shroud provide a path for moisture, insects, rodents and other critters such as squirrels, and … (1 comments)

nashville: Question: When Is A Crack in the Brick Veneer Too Big? - 02/24/08 01:10 PM
Well, to some any crack is too big!  But to many Inspectors 1/8 inch is a key number.  If a crack in the brick veneer of a home or building exceeds 1/8" in opening, OR, shows differential movement, then the crack should be repaired.
In this picture on the right the vertical cracks are approaching 1/2" in width.  Clearly this is unacceptable as the potential for water and insect intrusion is readily apparent.  This veneer is on a home that is over 50 years old and the concrete mortar is breaking down.  Fortunately the veneer was not "moving" off the house due to a foundation or brick ledge failure.
Also, the … (2 comments)

nashville: Question: What's That Smell? - 02/24/08 11:38 AM
WHAT'S THAT SMELL?
I knew you'd look.  No, no gross pictures, just a discussion.  Have you ever been in a home or building and detected an "odd" smell that seems to be coming from a bathroom?  And no one has been in that bathroom for a long time, like weeks.  Sometimes it smells like sewage.  What can be causing that smell?  
Answer, it could be the trap.  The trap is the part of the drain system that has a U or J shaped bend in it.  A plumbing trap is not there to "trap" your wedding ring, earring, or other small item … (0 comments)

nashville: A HABITEC Milestone - 12 Music Circle South on Music Row! - 02/20/08 01:35 PM
A HABITEC MILESTONE
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, was recently selected to complete a Commercial Building Property Condition Assessment on 12 Music Circle South, Nashville, TN.  This unique, two story music recording studio located in Music Row was purchased by the Black River Music Group.  The building has a rich history and tradition in the recording industry as it was once owned by Ronnie Milsap.  Milsap recorded many of his greatest hits here making this site so much a part of Music City, USA. 
The building has a sophisticated 3-phase electrical system and a traditional single phase electrical system.  Together these … (2 comments)

 
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