A Northern Virginia Home Inspector's Perspective

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Home Inspector - Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - 3380-000723

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2008 

Yesterday I had an inspection with a concerned, very nice young single mother who bought a 4 year old foreclosure.  She moved in about a week ago.  She noticed things with the house. Her agent told her that since she was obtaining a Veteran's Administration loan, the VA would do an "inspection" a...
11/29/2008
Can a home inspector help when it comes to codes and new home construction? Since the inspector has no juice as an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), what can he do? And what do home buyers do about codes and their new homes? Most new home buyers have little way of knowing if a house has been p...
11/28/2008
So, does your inspector know? Or, better, what does your inspector know? The National Electric Code (NEC) contains nearly 800 pages, packed with charts, graphs, tables, etc., is updated every three years, and each update usually contains about 1,000 changes. Plumbing, mechanical, building, fire, ...
11/25/2008
On my inspections I routinely check the legal seal under the electric meter. If it is broken, I note it. Recently some clients of mine were challenged by the electric company that installed a new meter on their house to show why they should not be fined ($500) for tampering with the former meter'...
11/24/2008
This is the first of a few posts regarding home inspections and codes. Stay tuned! Building codes have been around for a long time. Sometime in the 1700’s BC, in Babylonia, Hammurabi’s Code stipulated that a builder be slain if he built a house that fell on and killed somebody. During the Dark Ag...
11/23/2008
This is the first of a few posts regarding home inspections and codes. Stay tuned! Building codes have been around for a long time. Sometime in the 1700’s BC, in Babylonia, Hammurabi’s Code stipulated that a builder be slain if he built a house that fell on and killed somebody. During the Dark Ag...
11/23/2008
This is the first of a few posts regarding home inspections and codes. Stay tuned! Building codes have been around for a long time. Sometime in the 1700’s BC, in Babylonia, Hammurabi’s Code stipulated that a builder be slain if he built a house that fell on and killed somebody. During the Dark Ag...
11/23/2008
This is the first of a few posts regarding home inspections and codes. Stay tuned! Building codes have been around for a long time. Sometime in the 1700’s BC, in Babylonia, Hammurabi’s Code stipulated that a builder be slain if he built a house that fell on and killed somebody. During the Dark Ag...
11/23/2008
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In the last two weeks I have gotten a rash of bounced checks. This happens periodically, but not like this. Are you experiencing the same thing? It's usually the same excuse - oh, my wife forgot to transfer money, I didn't realize you would deposit it so quick, the same old blah-blah, etc. I have...
11/20/2008
I had occasion recently to see a need satisfied, two needs really, and at the same time! In a group of young men, stripling boys really, some singing would have been dramatically improved with some piano accompaniment.  No one stepped up to the plate.  I did not know that any of them played, and ...
11/20/2008
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