home inspection reno: Energy Efficient Mortgage Workshop at the RSAR June 14th. - 06/10/12 03:20 PM
One of the hottest up and coming things is going green. One of the best ways to do this is to address the biggest energy waster you can own, your house. Energy Efficiency is on people’s minds more than ever. Recent information shows that 80% of home buyers are concerned with energy costs. Here in Reno we are behind in energy improvements. The people that have made improvements are saving money and living in a more comfortable and healthier home. As an agent or a lender one of the best things you can do is get your buyers to take advantage … (0 comments)

home inspection reno: Finally a Reno Brokerage is embracing the Energy Efficient Mortgage - 06/07/12 03:25 AM
Yesterday I was invited to tour the Reno office of Solid Source Realty by Matt Swanson who is the Director of Agent Development. Their large office includes office space, meeting room, and also a large classroom where they will be holding CE classes and other learning events.  As an Energy Auditor and someone that likes to see people saving resources I was happy to hear that Solid Source Realty was the first brokerage in the country to go paperless.
As a Home Inspector and Energy Auditor here in Reno I’m always looking to meet new agents that can use my services. … (0 comments)

home inspection reno: June Monthly Maintenance Tip - 06/03/12 07:15 AM
Now that winter is gone and the sun is out here in Reno it is time to get your annual home maintenance inspection. Especially in a climate like Reno where we have all four seasons a home can take a beating. There is a life span to all building materials but doing regular maintenance can help extend the life. Getting to these items before it’s too late or knowing what is in need of repair or replacement is key to keeping a home up. This is where an annual inspection comes in. As a Home Inspector I can come in and … (2 comments)

home inspection reno: Why I add value to my inspections with RecallChek. - 05/30/12 11:40 AM
I believe in doing an Inspection the way I would want it done for myself. So a couple years back I started including free with my inspection a service call RecallChek, a $30 value. While at the inspection I take down the model numbers from the built in appliances, furnace, A/C, garage door opener, ect. As long as I can pull the model number I submit it to this service.
One benefits of the service is that buyers are buying used homes and are usually getting used appliances. If you don’t register the appliance with the manufacture you will never … (0 comments)

home inspection reno: RSAR EdExpo 2012. Are you Attending? - 05/16/12 02:48 AM
If you’re attending the EDEXPO 2012 at the Peppermill in Reno than your probably not reading this but if you do come say hello and vote for my booth. If you’re not attending you’re missing out on some great education but also my great booth. We are here promoting our Home Inspection services as well as our Energy Audit services. Agents and Lenders alike are excited to learn about the Energy Efficient Mortgages and finding an Energy Auditor that can help their clients have a more affordable, more comfortable, and healthier home.
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home inspection reno: Range Anti-Tip Bracket. A small solution for a Big problem. - 04/27/12 09:05 AM
As a Home Inspector I’m called in to give my opinion of a properties condition but there is also a need to educate buyers about safety upgrades that might be needed. One thing that is often over looked by home owners and home inspectors is the range anti-tip bracket.

If you haven’t heard about this you’re not alone. At one time Sears estimated that only about 5% of these brackets were being installed. The purpose of the bracket is to prevent your range from tipping over. Opening the oven door and placing a heavy Thanksgiving Turkey on it or a … (0 comments)

home inspection reno: Earth Day is almost here. What's your act of Green? I have an idea for you and your buyers. - 04/20/12 04:00 AM
Earth Day started in 1970 and continues on every April 22nd.  What is your act of Green going to be? Changing out light bulbs, planting gardens, and recycling are all a good place to start.
But how about going big?
This is your chance to make a difference. An Energy Audit can guide you towards reducing your energy consumption. Every day some energy you pay for in your home is wasted.  Not only does this cost money but it adds pollution to the environment. Some studies have proven that by performing Energy Retrofits on your home can make a bigger … (2 comments)

home inspection reno: CPSC Recall of Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks. - 04/04/12 12:30 PM
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of thePush ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks.  These were made by Safety 1st and have the model numbers of 48391 and 48442. The model numbers are located on the back of the product. If you have or believe you have this product you can contact DJG toll-free at (866) 762-3212 between 8 a.m. & 5 p.m. ET Monday - Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.djgusa.com.  The CPSC recall is here http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12136.html There are over 200 million recalled products. That’s why when I perform a Home Inspection I submit the … (0 comments)

home inspection reno: New Home Expo @ The Cottages in South East Reno. March 31st 11am-4pm - 03/30/12 03:24 AM
An Agent friend of mine Pam Franzen from Coldwell Banker Select is hosting a New Home Expo at The Cottages in south Reno Saturday March 31st from 11am-4pm.
These Silverwing Developments DUET homes range from 1,076 to 1,737 sqft. You can tour the 2&3 bedroom units and attend a Home Buyers Seminar at 12pm and 2pm. Of course no open house event would be complete without refreshments and door prizes. I plan on stopping by myself to take a look at this community and you should too.
    
 http://www.silverwinghomes.com/cottages/about_cottages.htm
*Remember that just because a property is new doesn't mean … (2 comments)

home inspection reno: Are you ready to Discover Your Nevada? - 03/29/12 07:58 AM

TravelNevada.com is holding a contest called Discover Your Nevada. 
The contest is divided up in 6 regions. You can vote for your favorite Nomination or Treasures. This is round 1 and you can vote once a day so log on and vote for your favorites today. In three days round 2 will begin and starte narrowing the field. You can click on the link below and cast your vote.  http://travelnevada.com/discover/
    
After casting your vote make sure you click on the Nevada Magazine link at the bottom for more information about Nevada and Events. I’m a subscriber and … (0 comments)

home inspection reno: HomeFree Nevada program helps ease the pain of high Energy Bills. - 03/21/12 02:47 PM
Have you been thinking about getting an Energy Audit on you home? If not you should be. Nevada imports 6-8 Billion a year in Energy. When you save on energy you keep money locally.
There is a program right now called HomeFree Nevada that is willing to help pay for some of those energy upgrades. If you make a 20% improvement the program will give $1000 towards those upgrades.  Any home over 15 years old is a good candidate. It’s surprising how easily a twenty percent improvement can be made, especially in an older home. The program only uses properly … (0 comments)

home inspection reno: NV Energy Refrigerator Recycling Program. Save Money,Make Money and Environmentally Responsible - 03/21/12 02:05 PM
Do you have an old Refrigerator hanging around? Maybe one in the garage that sits mostly empty? It’s time to dump it and save energy and money. A refrigerator that is over 10 years old can use twice the electricity as a new Energy Star Refrigerator.  With the model number you can look up your old refrigerators energy consumption and compare it to a new one. If you can’t find it you can ask an Energy Auditor like me to help you find that information.
You can look at the Energy Star web site for an idea of how much … (0 comments)

home inspection reno: I'm now a double license holder with the Nevada Real Estate Division. - 03/06/12 09:04 AM
It’s Official, after several months the call came in today from the Nevada Real Estate Division that my Energy Auditors License was being put in the mail. Up until now I was able to perform audits since my license application was submitted. Last year when the Nevada Legislator passed AB423 it required Energy Auditors to be Licensed by the Nevada Real Estate Division. The Energy Auditor will fall under NRS 645D just like the Inspector of Structures (Home Inspector). There is quite a bit of training that is required and several difficult tests that have to be passed.  Currently there are … (2 comments)

home inspection reno: February Tip of the Month - 02/27/12 06:26 AM
A Electrical Safety Tips from you local Reno Home Inspector. Feb Card … (2 comments)

home inspection reno: Some projects are DIY but Energy Retrofits are best left to the Professionals. - 02/22/12 09:14 AM
After I perform an Energy Audit I offer to pass the information gathered and the finding over to a BPI or Resnet Certified Weatherization Contractor. They can provide recommendations and repairs to maximize the energy savings and comfort of the home. A BPI or Resnet Certified Contractor uses the home as a system approach when doing Energy retrofits. This approach ensures not only energy savings but ensure the good indoor air quality is maintained.
While the temptation to do the work yourself or hire a cheaper contractor that has not been trained and certified to do this type of repair can … (1 comments)

home inspection reno: Missing Insulation. It happens and costs you money. - 02/06/12 01:56 PM
During some recent Energy Audits I discovered several areas in a home that were missing insulation. It is common to discover that there is no insulation on the attic access but that 2x2 area was pretty minor to some of the larger areas I’ve found recently.
On occasion insulation can fall out of place or may have been removed during a renovation. There are also times where it was never installed in the first place. You may wonder how that happens, I wonder the same thing. Some of these areas are discovered during a visual inspection but there are areas … (3 comments)

home inspection reno: How “Green” of an agent are you, and are you helping your clients save Energy? - 01/26/12 05:48 AM
The Real Estate Agent is the go to person for many buyers. The agent helps line everything up from a lender to the title company. I see more agents using the term Green and more people wanting to be Green. Electronic signing of documents saves paper and ink but is this really all that big of a deal?
One of the best ways to be Green is to save energy. I’m talking about more than just new light bulbs. I’m talking about 10%-30% energy savings. I know this sounds expensive, and it is expensive. Energy improvements are the only home improvement you … (0 comments)

home inspection reno: This Hobbit House in Verdi is awesome. I would like to inspect it but I would really love to live in it. - 01/19/12 03:27 PM
While browsing the web I noticed the words "Hobbit House", since it got my attention I had to look. I was surprised to see a house listing make the news. This is no average listing. It's a beautiful house in Verdi, a 6,600, 3.7 million Hobbit House. According to the article it was built to look like it came out of the mountains of Austria. The pictures show some amazing details. I particularly like the wood brackets in the corner of the bedroom and the arched timber frame trusses in the grand hall. It's not every day you see a house … (2 comments)

 
Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-410-4286  Inspector & Energy Auditor (Certified Structure Inspector)

Rob Ernst

Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

Reno, NV

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