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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2011 

When repairs are made to anything, you have to complete the job!  When you see spots on the floor you usually only have to look up to see why they are there. These clients asked me what was causing these spots.  I said, "Look up." The cause of the dripping, which caused those spots, was easily se...
07/30/2011
When walking around the outside of a house, very often I will see something that looks like it will demand attention inside.  The clues are there, sometimes more subtle than others, but what you see outside often translates inside. Can you see the problem here?  This is a six year old house.  The...
07/30/2011
Many people are buying new construction these days and not finishing the basement.  They think they can do it better, cheaper or with more flair than the builder will deliver.  Here is an example of new construction with a basement bathroom rough in. This is a final inspection just prior to the b...
07/28/2011
Honestly put, I have never in all my nearly thirty years doing home inspections had a communication like this.  I read it and thought, "Would you want to do this inspection?" I had a one bedroom condo scheduled for a few days.  The day before the inspection I received an email with "just a few qu...
07/28/2011
Nothing is more important to the longevity of any wood product than its finish.  These are true words - a good wood door will not stay "good" unless it is finished properly. This is just one portion of a front door on a house I inspected for a one-year warranty. This is an expensive house and tha...
07/27/2011
"Capital formation is the greatest charity of all." F. A. "Baldy" Harper This is such a good thought.  What is the best way to lift the masses, as so many "statists" think the gubment can do? The best way is to let the free market develop capital. Capitalism is so misunderstood as to be comically...
07/25/2011
Just how hot was it at the beach? This is the view from the patio at our hotel room of Virginia Beach about 11am, July 22.  It was predicted to be a very hot day.  VERY hot. Our patio was 90 yards from the edge of the water.  Notice how close people are to the water? The hotel weather station an...
07/25/2011
Common Name:  SEA GULL Class:  Aves Order:  Charadriiformes Family:  Laridae Sea gulls have long been associated with the sea coast, however recently they have been known to extend their reaches well into the inland, attracted mostly to land fills and agricultural development.  They are large, ty...
07/23/2011
Our family goes on only one vacation a year that lasts longer than 3 days.  Sometimes we go to Virginia Beach.  This year we went to the same place we always go.  It is a boutique hotel with only about 30 rooms.  Everything faces the beach.  We like the patio suites on the lower level. For myself...
07/23/2011
Sometimes on a slab home, or a home with a lower level that opens up on the rear, I see the duct work running downward from the HVAC system to service the house. I point out to my clients that ducts under a slab will very often be an issue. The system seen here services every room on the lower le...
07/22/2011
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