tn: 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)

tn: Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - Roof Shingles - What's Wrong With This Picture? 4/07/10 - 04/07/10 12:36 PM
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Now onto the blog: Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - Roof Shingles - What's Wrong With This Picture? 
HINT: Water flows downhill, and this picture was taken from a roof top.

ANSWER:  Composite roof shingles should always be installed so that the shingles overlap from the top down.  In this photo, the shingles from one side of the valley were simply carried over on top of the other side, in the forefront.  That puts the downslope shingles above the upslope … (4 comments)

tn: Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - HVAC Package Unit Shroud Issues - 04/02/10 11:18 AM
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Now on to the article, Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - HVAC Package Unit Shrould Issues.
Those large metal boxes on the outside of a home, like the one in the picture below, are called Package Units.  They get the name from the fact that they supply heat and air conditioning to all or some of the house, versus a split unit.  A split unit is a HVAC unit that is composed of two parts, an interior furnace and evaporator … (1 comments)

tn: Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - HVAC Supply Duct Installation - What's Wrong With This Picture? 3/29/10 - 03/28/10 09:23 PM
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Now onto the article.  Nashville Home Inspection - HVAC Supply duct Installation - What Is Wrong With this Picture??
HINT:  Just do it?  Works on the track, not in a house.

ANSWER:  I don't really have an answer for this, except maybe "Just don't do it?!"  But for those who cannot see it clearly, yes, that is a NIKE shoe box used to complete a line of HVAC.  The box and a tube of caulk! :(
Thank you,
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tn: Google Juice, What's That? - 03/25/10 10:03 PM
Recently I read a blog on ActiveRain where a participant used the term "Google Juice".  Well I have been recently making an effort to improve my website Search Engine Optimization (SEO) by reading some SEO books and articles on the internet, but none of these sources used the term Google Juice.
But as I read on I realized this Rainer was right.  What he referred to as "Google Juice" is just the stuff SEO is all about.  That is trying to get search engines in general and Google in particular to pay attention to your website.  When that happens your website … (4 comments)

tn: Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - Asbestos Duct Tape- What's Wrong With this Picture? 3/25/10 - 03/24/10 11:45 PM

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Now on the post:  Nashville Home Inspection - Asbestos Duct Tape - What Wrong With this Picture?
HINT:  What's that white stuff on the old ductwork?  And, the house is over 70 years old.

ANSWER:  Probably asbestos.  And it is loose and frayed.  This should be removed or covered in such a way that it cannot disperse into the air.
Thank you,
Richard Acree

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tn: 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)

tn: Ancient Roman Engineering - Arches - 03/22/10 01:47 PM
Ancient Roman Engineering - Arches
By
Richard Acree
http://habitecinspections.com
Two of the most visible and impressive components of Ancient Roman structural engineering and architecture include the arch and the column.  This article is about the arches designed and used frequently in ancient Roman engineering.
 
A trip to Rome will quickly reveal that the ancient Romans were very advanced in engineering and architecture.  The use of arches as a structural device was rampant in buildings and bridges.  No place is this more prevalent than in the Colosseum itself, shown above.  Arches were used to strengthen walls, provide passageways, and provide ventilation.  … (0 comments)

tn: 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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tn: 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)

tn: 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)

tn: 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)

tn: Nashville Home Inspection - Gutter Splash Guards - What's Wrong with This Picture? 3/15/10 - 03/16/10 01:25 PM
HINT:  Water is not compressible.

Answer:  Where is it all going to go?  Looking past the bush that is too close to the house, you see two sides of a roof forming a valley.  The valley drains to the gutter with a splash guard.  That's fine, but how much water can this gutter hold?  In this case, not enough.  Remember, water is not compressible.  When that valley is running full speed in a thunderstorm you can see the gutter and splash block will not be able to handle the load.  In fact, there was a water leak inside the house … (6 comments)

tn: Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Haslam meets EMTAR! - 03/04/10 12:37 PM
Bill Haslam, Candidate for Governor in Tennessee, met today with members of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors (EMTAR), to discuss issues of concern to REALTORS in EMTAR.  Fortunately, as an Affiliate Member of EMTAR, I was able to attend the meeting.
I must say that Mr. Haslam is a very impressive figure in person as well as on telelvision.  He is knowledgeable, well spoken, and he cares about the state of Tennessee and real estate issues.  He spent as much time listening as he did talking.  His top three priorities are jobs, education and the state budget.  All of … (2 comments)

tn: 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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tn: 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)

tn: 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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tn: 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)

tn: 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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tn: 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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