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The thoughts of a Home Inspector from Virginia Beach.
Typical inspection of a property that had renters occupying it at the time of the inspection. Very easy to see the lack of concern by the occupants for the proper care of the house and it was, well, just a dirty mess. The couple, who was home at the time, had a little girl may 2-3 years old. When...
Someone once told me, and I don't know if he read this or was told by someone else the following statement:   Believe in yourself, then others will too!       As we head into 2009 full of economic worries, I think this is more important than ever. If you don't believe your going to not only do go...
     Even if you’re not a fan of the NFL, the story of what happened to the family of Matt Bryant of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just breaks your heart. One morning he was getting his kids ready for school and he was about to leave to go to practice. When he went in to wake up his three month old so...
    I did an inspection a while back where I saw a stew kettle in the backyard just rusting away. I asked the home owner if I could buy it it and he had agreed. That was until I found problems in the house and he got all huffy as the deal fell through (because his house was falling through, he bu...
6 Comments participate!       No, I'm not taking my ball and going home because my big brother just pushed me down so his team could score a touchdown. I'm talking about all this recession garbage.     Depending on what source you use for your daily supplement of information, we are currently in, hav...
    Well it's that time of year again that I must sacrifice myself for the benefit of my family. As such I will departing tomorrow morning to rescue my family from their current hardship and despair. In the process, I'm sure to endure the same turmoil they have had to deal with all summer. But a ...
    I got a frantic call today from my cousin. Her friend was selling her house and the first couple to look at it was about 1 hour away. While she did a last minute tidy up, she was horrified when she went into her daughter’s room. The carpet was soaking wet and there was a horrible smell. She i...
One major complaint I hear about Home Inspectors is that they are too nit-picky. First, what are the definitions inolved? Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - nit·pick 1. to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details. –verb (used with object) 2. to crit...
As the weather turns nicer, we're all going to spend a little more time out on the deck. But is it safe? Take a couple of minutes to look over the deck. Not only can it save you some money, but it could save your life. Instead of copying already great information, you can follow the the below lin...
     As a home inspector I have seen a lot of "handyman" repairs on a home that don't really cut it.  Most of the time I just chuckle to myself and note it in the report.  But when I come across discrepancies caused by a licensed contractor, I get very frustrated. I recently inspected a home wher...

John Coker

Virginia Beach Home Inspector
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