A Northern Virginia Home Inspector's Perspective

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  "The capitalist achievement does not typically consist in providing more silk stockings for queens but in bringing them within the reach of factory girls in return for a steadily decreasing amount of effort." Joseph Schumpeter (1883 - 1950)   When I was a kid there was a TV show called "Queen F...
This is a tale of two bathroom vents - one draws air, and one does not. I know, it was the best of vents, it was the worst of vents. Yadda, yadda. Seeing this from the outside I knew I would be able to demonstrate to my clients (with the old, and very high-tech, toilet paper test) that a bathroom...
It's a question that needs to be answered - do you like your fireplace flues to be creamy or chunky? Well, you know the difference.  One has no crunch and the other does. So, understanding the difference, looking up into this fireplace flue, which is it? Creamy or chunky? Let's think. The chunky ...
As I pulled into the driveway I could see from the street that the roof was really bad and was told later that the bank, and Realtor, didn't know the roof was in poor condition. Really?  This house is a bank REO.  The buyer's agent met me at the house, along with the buyers.  The buyers had no id...
As we entered the sunroom on the rear of the house, my client asked me, "Why are the window sills all scratched?" She was right, the sill in front of each window was scratched terribly! Well, look things over. Can you see what happened to the sill here, and deduce why? Hint:  the house abuts a wo...

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