“My contractor came over, and he said my home inspector should have caught this…”
This can be a very confusing situation for a homeowner. Usually the contractor is there because of some issue that has arisen, and in the course of the repair or replacement he may make a statement that puts doubt in your mind regarding the thoroughness of the home inspection. Continue reading “Why Didn’t the Inspector Catch it?”
I want to spend a little time on the sale of vacant homes. As a seller, definitely consider having the home staged. I’m sure we’ve all been in a vacant home before, and there is no getting around the fact that they just feel empty and perhaps a little lonely. That’s not the kind of feeling you want a potential buyer to come away with.
A well-staged home can help the home sell much more quickly, and, perhaps more importantly, can help it sell for a higher price. In short, the cost of staging the home is well worth it, and as always choose a professional. I’ve seen plenty of DIY-type staging, and they are easy to spot. Like most professions, the good stagers have specific training and lots of experience knowing what works and what doesn’t. Contact us at Louisville@hometeam.com if you’d like to know who we recommend.
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HomeTeam Inspection Service performs nearly 2,000 home inspections each year in Louisville and Southern Indiana, and we work with a LOT of real estate agents. As a result, we get to see up close and personal some of the good and not so great in the industry.
We all have different personalities and needs, and the best agent for your friend may not be a good fit for you. Make sure the agent you choose to work with is a good fit.
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Perhaps I should have titled this blog, “Make sure you USE a REALTOR,” because so many people have an idea they can save money by skipping the agent. This is simply not true, and I need to be completely open with you regarding some of my past deeds and poor choices.
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You have mold in your home. Wait- before you run out of the house screaming, please remember that mold is ubiquitous. The nice smell of fall leaves is actually the smell of decay and … mold. The real question with your home is this: do I have harmful mold spores in sufficient quantity to be a health hazard to me and my family?
A basic mold air test can answer that question by comparing the mold count inside the home to that outside the home (taken as a control sample).
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I wanted to visit this subject to help illuminate a few of the finer points of roof inspections as they relate to the overall home inspection. The first point home buyers need to understand is that none of the home inspection standards require the inspector to walk on the roof. This is a critical point since some inspection companies have a policy to NOT walk on a roof, either because of the weight or age of the inspector, or for other reasons.
At HomeTeam we always walk the roof unless there is some very specific safety reason that precludes it (snow, ice, rain, excessive pitch, etc). We walk the vast majority of roofs (probably 90 percent).
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This is a question we often get from homebuyers who are a little confused about the scope and intent of a home inspection. Remember, the home inspection is designed to identify major deficiencies that will either cost you a lot of money or that may pose a safety hazard. A home inspection is most definitely and quite specifically NOT a code inspection.
I’ve found that most people, when they ask this question, are really seeking to find out if the home is safe. Much of the residential building code is geared towards safety, but the vast majority is not. Keep in mind, a home inspector should identify safety concerns to you, but he should not refer to them as being up to code or not.
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We often hear things from potential buyers (and sometimes from real estate agents, too) explaining why they think they do not need to test for radon. I’ll address some of these issues below:
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Here’s the good news: radon mitigation is very straightforward. Remember the previous discussion about the negative pressure from the heating and cooling system drawing radon into the home? The “fix” is simply to move the negative pressure underneath the home by way of a small fan connected to 4-inch PVC.
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There are strict guidelines a radon tester must adhere to when taking a radon sample. In general, the longer the test, the more accurate the results, and we’re talking weeks or months. However, for real estate transactions, certain criteria must be met in order to achieve the best possible results within a very constrained time period, so the EPA and other similar bodies have developed acceptable protocol to be able to give us the best look at an average radon level in a home.
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