home inspectors in connecticut ct: Sometimes They Get it Right - 05/03/12 10:04 PM
Anyone reading posts by home inspectors will eventually see the same theme regarding flipped properties, they are usually a nightmare providing LOTS of blog fodder. Not wanting to be a Debbie Downer all the time. I'm very pleased to report on a flipped house I inspected recently where the flipper did a great job.
Most often the a flipped house is prettied up with a new kitchen and baths, new floors and paint, but the 75 year old boiler is left untouched along with the outdated wiring, plumbing...you get the idea.
On this property the eye candy was kept to a … (26 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Things I Shouldn't See or How to Flash Legally - 04/15/12 08:43 PM
Let's face it, there are some things in life we shouldn't, don't want to ever see. A few come immediately to mind, but they are too R rated to continue, sooo... I can give you a PG example. I really shouldn't, don't want to ever see my sister making out hot and heavy with some guy. It skeeves me even now to imagine it.
Getting back on track, this is a home inspection blog after all, there are lots of things I shouldn't be seeing in houses, yet I see all the time. In fact there is stuff I find done … (8 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Attic Assets or Who's Living in Your House - 04/12/12 09:10 PM
Any home inspector who has been around for a time has at least one. No not flashlights or ladders, all though that would be true, I'm speaking of stories of critters found in the attic. Some inspectors have been scarred for life by these wildlife encounters, most have shrugged off the run in as an every day possibility of the job.
When home inspectors talk about animals in attic, they do not speak of the usual residents of the rafters, spiders, mice and assorted insects. However bees and hornets are in a class all their own. We talk of encounters with … (6 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: But it Still Works - 03/27/12 10:38 PM
What I find astounding is when inspecting a house I find a component that by all rights should not be functioning. For instances an ancient heating system that that looks like a cauldron from hell, but fires right up the moment the thermostat is turned. Often things that look bad, usually operate the way the appear or not at all.
Usually.
The one thing or should I say force that does not go by the looks bad is bad rule is electricity. As I just alluded to, electricity is a force of nature that man has learned to harnessed. We understand … (11 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Tales of The Dript - 03/26/12 10:29 PM
When strolling down the plumbing aisle at the local home improvement store, particularly the pipe section, can one not help remembering erector sets and tinker toys. The plethora of various shaped and sized pipes can be configured in a multitude methods. The mind reels at the possibilities. Then it's back to reality.
At least for the most sensible.
Recently while inspecting a furnace with an A/C coil on top, a splash of color caught my eye. The color was red. How appropriate.
Staring for a moment I saw this red tube was coming from the bottom of A/C coil section. It … (8 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Everyone Loves a Nice, Cozy Blanket - 03/24/12 11:04 PM
There is nothing like crawling under a big fluffy blanket on a frigid night. Snuggling yourself down into a wooly cover, creating your personal womb of warmth. It’s so nice and toasty you never want to leave.
Houses are also wrapped in blankets to keep them warm or in the summer cool. I’m speaking of course of insulation. The most visible insulation in most homes is in the attic. It is also where most homeowners add insulation in order to save energy. The attic is certainly the most effective place in a home to install extra insulation, as the largest portion … (24 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: No Escape - 03/20/12 10:05 PM
One of my favorite movies when I was a kid was The Great Escape with Steve McQueen. It would run for two nights on TV because it was such a long movie. The movie was set in an “escape proof” World War II German POW camp. Captain Hilts played by Steve McQueen is an independent character, who tries to escape on his own several times. After each attempt he’s quickly caught and thrown into the cooler where he whiles away his time bouncing a baseball off the wall. The cell is a concrete box with a door and a small window … (10 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: The Need to Come Out of the Closet - 03/18/12 10:05 PM
Let’s face it closets are made for clothes, so the only thing going into or coming out of a closet should be that, clothes. Now as a home inspector in Connecticut I know that people put all kinds of other stuff in their closets. I am not snooping, well yes I am, but I’m not being nosey. It’s my job to open every door look in every space. In my many years now inspecting houses I have seen a lot non clothes items inside of closets. People have to store their stuff somewhere, right?
Now as a home inspector there are … (6 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Structural Air Support - 03/16/12 10:41 PM
Air support is something you hear a soldier screaming for into a field phone in a war movie as his troop is pummeled by the enemy. Things look bleak until the flyboys come whistling in to save the pinned down grunts, strafing and dropping bombs all over the bad guys. It’s always a dramatic scene.
Home inspections can have some dramatic moments as well. Not that when I find issues I turn them into a little drama production, but instead they can have a dramatic impact on the buyer and ultimately the sale.
During an inspection not long ago I found … (8 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Piling On The Bad - 03/08/12 08:56 PM
If there is one thing I have repeatedly stated, it is that I dislike wood mulch. It’s not that I think it’s ugly or that it has an unpleasant odor, because it’s not any of those reasons. I hate what people do to their homes when they chose to heap it on repeatedly. Piling layer on top of layer until the wood mulch has come in contact with their wood house. That is unless their house is clad in stucco.
During a recent inspection on a house with a beautifully landscaped yard, I found the wood mulch plowed up against the … (10 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Too Much Ambition, Not Enough Knowledge - 03/06/12 09:20 PM
I find that younger people have almost boundless enthusiasm and energy. My two girls and their friends are a delight to observe, for they have a beautiful innocence to their minds. Imaginations as yet unfettered by years of non petitioned adult life lessons and the realities of growing up. It can make a grown up’s heart ache for the lost bliss of youth.
As a home inspector I also observe instances of bound less energy, enthusiasm and innocence not unlike a child’s. Quite often I find the home owner who is the consummate do it yourselfer….or so they would appear to … (12 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: The Consequences of Being Too High - 03/05/12 07:40 PM
Have you ever had a little too much fun? You don’t feel very well afterwards. Now can you imagine being in that state day after day? After a time, abusing your body will begin to take its toll on you physically. You will become worn down and sooner or later something is going to fail.
This is exactly what I saw happening the other day…to a house.
The most terrible thing I saw was one of the worst cases of being too high I have ever seen. Take a look at the patio along the back of this house. The slab … (6 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Something Just for the Guys - 02/29/12 07:36 PM
Us guys have certain needs, just like the ladies. You know how it is men, the ladies are always telling us about their needs and how we can satisfy those wishes. Heck it’s a full time job, right fellas? Well how about a little something for the man of the house. Guys are simple creatures; it doesn’t take much to make us happy. For example how about this bathroom fixture. Now there’s something I could get used to. No more hearing about forgetting to put down the seat. 

 
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home inspectors in connecticut ct: It’s a Gusher! - 02/27/12 08:04 PM
I’m not prone to gushing. In fact I don’t believe I have ever gushed. My two girls on the other hand are most definitely gushers. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Now I hear that in the oil business a gusher is a well that is gushing lots and lots of oil. This is good gushing, just like my girls.

The other morning while starting an inspection on a home with an on site water well, no oil wells here in Connecticut, I found the outside hose spigot was off. Nothing unusually about that in February. I headed to … (40 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: In Need of a Support Group - 02/26/12 08:02 PM
No, I’m not down on my luck; life hasn’t thrown me a wicked curve. There is no doubt however we all need a little boost to get us through a rough patch now and again. I was reminded the other day about the importance of a good support system.
While inspecting the basement of a house here in Connecticut, I rounded a corner in the basement and saw a saggy sight. This particular house was built in the 1960s. At that time copper was being used for the waste drain pipes as well as the supply pipes. Sometime in the early … (14 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Pretty, But the Wrong Color - 02/24/12 09:18 PM
Pretty, but the wrong color sounds like something my wife would say while talking with her friends. I suspect it would refer to some article of clothing, furniture or accessory. I really have no clue. For some unknown reason, my brain put together this string of words to describe the burner on a gas fired boiler. Brains sometimes do weird stuff like that to you.
While looking at the burner on this older boiler, it is quite clear the flame color is predominately orange. It has a nice warm glow, doesn’t it? Unfortunately with a gas appliance orange is the wrong … (21 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: The Birds, The Bees, The Woodpeckers and The Trees - 02/21/12 07:49 PM
This is not a life lesson for a young person with raging hormones, though it may sound that way. This is about flora and fauna for the homeowner.
Most every homeowner is at least casually aware that any plants, whether trees, shrubs or other vegetation should be kept at a distance from the house. Plants against or over the house create what inspectors call conducive conditions. Trees above the house for example block out sun light and diminish wind which in turn slows the natural drying process. Damp conditions promote the growth of microscopic plants and fungi, which can result in … (54 comments)

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home inspectors in connecticut ct: The Scary Part….It works! - 02/02/12 12:29 AM
Many people in my experience love to DIY. Many more fancy themselves as DIY experts. There is no doubt with each finished project comes more confidence in ones abilities. Sometimes it’s over confidence.
Now I have no issue with anyone putting on a tool belt and tackling a home project. The thing I do have a problem with is when people delve into areas that absolutely should be left to the professionals. This would also include certain contractors as well.
The other afternoon while inspecting a home, I discovered one of the most horribly unsafe electric panels I have seen in … (14 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: When is it Enough? - 01/24/12 11:59 PM
Enough, adequate, sufficient, can be interpreted differently by each person you ask, making “enough” a some what subjective term. Enough cake for one person might be half of a double layer chocolate velvet cake, for another just a sliver. In other instances the opinions are probably going to be more aligned. In other circumstances opinion is more or less removed by an established set of guidelines or standards.
In the home inspection industry there are numerous sets of standards for inspecting a house. There is 10 x 10 the amount of standards for constructing buildings. Most people know these as building … (16 comments)

 
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