For the past couple of years, I've been reading Jay Markanich's posts about home inspection. First, I am impressed by any professional who writes well and who conveys to the reader how he works and his values. Second, he sounds like he is really bright and knows how to use the latest technology.
So, I just had a little house go under contract in Brookland, a favorite neighborhood for first time buyers. And I needed a quintessential house nerd (a term of endearment) to come and go over the place. I called Jay to see if he would be willing to make the drive from his home in Bristow, Virginia to Washington, DC.
He said yes!
And he delivered!
From reading his posts, I get the feeling that he is not the kind of inspector who gives listing agents a case of the warm fuzzies. For one thing, he shows up with an infrared camera to sweep the house checking for moisture issues that might otherwise go undetected. The property in question is a renovation and flip of a granny house. Sure, it looks great with new kitchen, baths, light fixtures, floors and a coat of fresh paint. But how about the quality of the redo and anything the fresh paint may be hiding?
Jay found a lot.
The electrical system was a bit, um, funky. The "new" central air and heating system was actually recycled - it was manufactured in 2004! And I'm not sure where the appliances came from - perhaps they were removed from foreclosures in Prince William County? There was a vent in the basement bath that sucked all of that sweet smelling air and humidity into the space between the lower level ceiling and first floor. Now that could get interesting!
Jay was thorough, finding things that other inspectors would have missed. And his tool box was most impressive, with a little meter for checking out outlets. And his moisture meter found a leak and provided relief about other parts of the house that are dry. And what really impressed me was that he explained things so well, focusing on explaining very clearly what was actually going on in the house. He helped my buyer to understand the house and what was right and wrong with it without freaking him out.
So to all of you DC area buyer brokers, I'd highly recommend Jay for your Home Inspector A-List!
And, of course, it was really fun to meet in person another Active Rain blogger who I've so admired!
So yeah, I have higher expectations for bloggers I do business with. And it's so great when they exceed them.