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Home inspectors should not discuss their findings or the
report with anyone but their clients.Except if their clients give permission.
The process of buying a home is a negotiation between the
buyer’s side and the seller’s side.You
as the buyer should know who is receiving the information you hired a home
inspector to give you.Imagine playing
cards in a poker game and the other players know the cards you hold.
In the twelve years of being in business, I myself have been
mislead into releasing information.I
had a client who got very mad at me for giving his own realtor
information.Reason; he didn’t trust his
own realtor.He stated to me that there
was too much money exchanging hands.Lesson learned.
Now when I have realtors, lawyers even family members call
me and ask questions, I state to these people, “have my client give me a call,
so I can speak to you”.No this doesn’t
win any brownie points but my clients know at least on my end their information
is not given out freely.
I know.All you want
to do is buy a house, where you and your family can be safe and happy with as
little problems as possible.But you are
the main player in the game of real-estate, even if you don’t want to be.
A home inspection is an inexpensive way to discover the
universal condition of a home. It is important to conduct a home inspection
to avoid a costly mistake by purchasing a property in need of major repairs. A good
home inspection will assist a buyer in understanding exactly what they are
about to acquire.
A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of
the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is
designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by
these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.
The standard home inspector's report will cover the
condition of the home's heating system; central air conditioning system
(temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof,
attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the
foundation, basement and structural.
A home inspector inspects the roof, pokes at the foundation,
and crawls into attic space looking for water condensation or penetration. So it is important to insure beforehand that
any blocked or secured access ways are clear of storage and/or furnishings.The home inspector does not own the house or
the belongings in it and there is nothing in the state law that allows the
inspector to move belongings or unsecure hatches.
How long does a home inspection take? A home inspection for an average house
typically takes between 2 to 3 hours. But
at Aggressive Inspection we put no time limits on the inspection.We give our clients all the information they
want, we are not there to get in and out as fat as we can.And children are welcome.
has shown the majority of information on this subject comes from people who are
not home inspectors.So I am going to
give you my opinion on the subject.Who
am I?I am a licensed home inspector in
the state of New Jersey for over ten years.This is my condensed list of what I would look for in a home inspector when
in the process of finding one.
you have to address first, is cost your main concern?The process of buying a house is expensive
and I do understand you have to save where ever you can.But think about it.Is the inspection really where you want to
cut costs?This is going to be your home
for you and your family. You’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to
buy it.You will find cheap inspection
companies out there.But just like any
other business there has to be a tradeoff for a cheaper price.Will quality of the inspection be that trade
important question I think should be asked is how long you have been inspecting
homes.Experience just like in any other
business will make you better at what you do.
majority of home inspection companies are small.Just one or two inspectors.If when you call you get a feeling you are
talking to an answering service, think twice.I personally like talking to my potential clients.Because it’s a two way process for me.They are interviewing me and I am doing
likewise. If I’m calling a lawyer I don’t what to talk to the secretary I want
to talk to the lawyer.So whoever you
call and they don’t answer, leave them a message. Give them a few hours to
respond.When I am doing a home
inspection I do not answer my phone. My client hired me to do a job for them
and their inspection is what I’m concerned with at that time.
you have specific concerns about a home inspection this is the time to
ask.Example: a lot of my clients are
concerned about the roof and water in the basement.Hey, let’s talk.I have clients who have asked me am I going
to do the inspection myself, because they interviewed me.They’re not interested in someone else being
sent to do the inspection.
last item I will bring up is personal to me.If I hire someone to do a job for me, I want them 100%.Our current president demands complete
loyalty.And why shouldn’t you?You’re paying. I am an independent home inspector.That means no one will influence my findings
in your report.My clients and their
families are my only concern.
I hope this
helps someone out there buying a house. I bought my first house 35 years ago.It was an estate sale that was vacant for a
year.Then there was no such thing as a
home inspector.At that time you didn’t
touch anything; you just walked around and looked.I trusted the professionals involved in the
sale with their input.I got screwed.And I have never forgotten that.
When the temperatures drop, one major issue that could come
up is a frozen water pipe. Know why
frozen pipes are so dangerous, the types of pipes that are most vulnerable to
freezing and signs that a pipe is actually frozen.
Why Are Frozen
They can create an inconvenience but, more seriously, can
cause major damage to your property.
•Lack of Running
Water– The most obvious danger of a frozen pipe is the inability to access
running water. This can interfere with
your everyday tasks such as washing the dishes or taking a shower
•Potential to Burst-
The second problem that can occur when a pipe freezes is that the pipe actually
bursts. Once the actual water in the
pipe freezes, pressure is created between the closed faucet and the blockage
that can build up to a point that causes the pipe to burst.
Pipes That Are
Vulnerable to Freezing
There are some pipes that are more vulnerable to freezing
Pipes that are located in climates which rarely see cold temperatures may be
particularly vulnerable to freezing as we just learned with this Januarys
freeze. This is due to the lack of
insulation around the pipes. Since these
areas rarely see temperatures around 32 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes are
more likely to be located in areas of the property which are not properly
insulated against the cold.
•Exterior Walls- Water pipes that are located along the exterior
walls of a home can be vulnerable to freezing. This is because they may not have the adequate
amount of insulation protecting them from the exterior temperatures.
Basements/Crawlspaces- Pipes that are located in attics, crawlspaces or in
basements may also have a greater tendency to freeze. These pipes may not receive the same amount of
heat as the rest of the property. If
these areas are not used as living space, they also may not be properly
Signs of Frozen
There are a few clues which can help you determine if you
have frozen pipes:
•The Temperature Is
Right- Pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do
so. Water does not freeze when it is 60
degrees Fahrenheit outside, and neither do pipes. When the temperature falls to 32 degrees
Fahrenheit or lower, you should begin to take precautions to prevent vulnerable
pipes from freezing.
•There Is Frost on
the Pipe- For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks,
you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. This can serve as a warning sign that the pipe
is frozen before you ever try to turn on the faucet.
•No Water Is Coming
Out of the Faucet- Another sign that you may have a frozen pipe on your
hands is lack of running water. If you turn
on a kitchen or bathroom faucet and only a slight trickle of water or no water
at all comes out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
Another potential sign of a blocked pipe is an odd smell coming from a faucet
or drain. If the pipe is partially or completely blocked, the only way the odor
can escape is back up in the direction of your property.
Once you are aware that a pipe is frozen, you must act
quickly to thaw the pipe. Depending on
the location of the pipe and your level of expertise, you can attempt to thaw
the pipe yourself or you can contact a licensed plumber to thaw the pipe for
you. It is imperative to thaw the pipe
as soon as possible, because it has the potential to burst and cause extensive
damage to your property.
How Much Does a
Frozen Pipe Cost to Fix?
It is very difficult to estimate the cost of fixing a frozen
pipe because each situation is so unique. Two factors that play a huge role in
cost are the location of the pipe and whether the pipe has burst.
If you are able to easily access the blockage, such as a
pipe under a kitchen sink, you might be able to thaw the blockage for free
using hair dryer or hot rags.
If the blockage is buried in a wall, fixing the issue will
become more expensive. You may spend a few hundred dollars cutting open
sheetrock to find the problem or more than a thousand if you need to hire a
plumber find and thaw out the blockage.
If a frozen pipe bursts and you have a flooding issue on
your hands, you could be faced with thousands of dollars of damage. You will
have to hire a plumber to fix the burst pipe and then you will have to deal
with fixing any damage the water has caused inside your property.
had a client who was purchasing a newly renovated house (flip) in Plainfield.Plainfield now a day is usually out of my
travel distance.But this client was
special.He was the seller of a house I
did an inspection on a few months back for the buyer.Since the travel distance was too far I had
to tell him I could not do a radon test (which meant two round trips to the
location).He had no problem with that,
he just wanted me to do the inspection.On
that day I was doing the home and termite inspections.There was a tank sweep going on and a radon
test being placed.Multiple tests and
inspections happening the same day (approximately $1000).At the end of my inspection my client and
their realtor were in a heated discussion the floor above me.My client came down, I told him I was
finished and he says that’s great, I’m not getting the house.What had happened the lawyer had just called
and told him not to do any inspections this day.It seems his lawyer never received the signed
agreement from the sellers lawyer.The sellers
accepted a higher offer from someone else.I have discussed this with others multiple times.I have an old blog entry and Youtube video
about this same scenario.“Don’t get all
your inspections done on the same day”.
A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of
the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a
home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such
inspections. But a home inspection is
no guaranty the systems in a house will operate for ever with no problems.
A home warranty is a one-year service agreement that covers
the repair or replacement of many major home system components and appliances
that typically breakdown over time due to normal wear and tear. The home inspection is no crystal ball. It will tell you the condition of the house
and its systems the day of inspection only.
Unlike homeowner's insurance, a home warranty is a service
contract that covers essential applications and home system components when
they break down due to normal wear and tear – items that most homeowners
insurance plans do not cover. Consider
it the perfect complement to this standard insurance, not a substitute for it.
The question isn't whether or not a breakdown
will happen; it's if you'll have a plan to deal with the associated expenses
and headaches. The home inspection was a
great fist start but it only goes so far
have been getting requests to inspect a town home/condo. My question to the potential client was what
is it? Is it a town home or a condo? To my surprise most didn’t know the
difference. So let’s understand what
What is a condominium?
condominium, or condo, is a building or community of buildings in which units
are owned by individuals, rather than a landlord. Condo owners only own the interior of their
unit. All other areas, including the building exterior, lawn and communal areas
are property of the Homeowners Association (HOA).
What is a town home?
A town home
is defined as conjoined units that are owned by individual tenants. They are
architecturally similar to row houses in that owners usually share at least one
or more walls. In most town home
communities, owners own their unit’s interior and exterior, including the roof,
lawn and driveway, but not the communal areas.
at hand is there are condo’s on the market that look like town homes and the
buyers are not being instructed as to the difference. So to summarize the difference and make this
as simple as possible to understand. No
matter what it looks like, a condominium is walls in only, which is all that is
being purchased. Also when you call a
home inspector for an inspection be sure what you ask for, you may be paying for more than you
need. Know what you’re buying.