home inspection: Incomplete Wiring Practices - 02/20/10 03:30 AM
 
I do not often see this at new construction, but in homes that are just a few years old it seems that a previous homeowner, somewhere along the way, could not restrain the urge to do some wiring.

This often leads to improperly terminated wires, sometimes energized and sometimes not, and they might be found in the attic, the crawl space the garage, outside. Trying to predict locations in advance is difficult because these do-it-yourselfers might leave the wire just about anywhere. The fact is that electric wires and splices should be properly terminated and that includes putting connections … (0 comments)

home inspection: Is a Seller's "pre-listing inspection" a good idea? - 01/17/10 06:45 AM
 
We often discuss pre-inspections with our sellers.  In the long run a pre-inspection can save you valuable sales dollars. This article may be of interest to sellers who are contemplating marketing their homes.
 
a pre-inspection catches what the buyer may find during their own inspection so that the seller can repair and/or price the house accordingly from the outset by making necessary repairs in advance, the seller can better manage the repairs on their own terms and there is no time constraint to having the job done; the seller can shop around for estimates the pre-inspection report can be … (3 comments)

home inspection: Where Lead is Found? - 01/17/10 06:15 AM
 
In the Greater Scranton area many homes have the possibility of containing lead. Here is a great article explaining where you may expect to find lead contamination.
 
Where Lead is Found
*In general, the older your home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. *
Paint. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states stopped its use even earlier. Lead can be found: In homes in the city, country, or suburbs. In apartments, single-family homes, and both private and public housing. Inside and outside of the house. … (0 comments)

home inspection: TURN AN EXPIRED LISTING ~ INTO A SALE ~ PART FOUR ~ NO DUCT TAPE PLEASE! - 08/20/09 12:37 PM
PART FOUR  ~  NO  DUCT  TAPE  PLEASE!
 
Previously we discussed assessing the exterior and interior of your home.  We addressed clutter, paint, and the condition of the living area.
The next area to explore is everything that is mechanical or requires maintenance. 
 NO DUCT TAPE PLEASE!  
If you find some temporary fixes or work arounds take the time to repair them properly.
ROOF  Inspect your roof and make any repairs if it is leaking.  Does it need to be replaced?
GUTTERS  Clean the gutters. Attach any areas that are pulling away from the roof.  Down spouts should be directed away from … (6 comments)

 
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