Archive For: Inspections

2018 ICC Building Code Revisions

2018 ICC Building Code Revisions

Every two years, the International Code Council, or ICC, issues revised editions of its code books updated to include current and accurate code information, with the latest being published in 2018. Codes determine the guidelines or acceptable parameters for operation.  For example, the location of smoke alarms or the installation of GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) ... Read More
 
Does a Luxury Home Require a High-End Home Inspection?

Does a Luxury Home Require a High-End Home Inspection?

Most people assume that a licensed home inspector can inspect any type of property, no matter its size, age or features. However, while licensed inspectors can do a terrific job at inspecting an average home, they may, however, not be skilled or experienced enough to perform a luxury home inspection. Luxury homes are different than ... Read More
 
Hot Spot Testing Through Thermal Imaging

Hot Spot Testing Through Thermal Imaging

Do you know what a “hot spot” is? And no, it doesn’t refer to the latest after-hours club or newest restaurant opening. A hot spot, when found in your home, could mean you have a serious problem. What is a Hot Spot? Hot spots are areas characterized by a noticeably-higher temperature in one spot when ... Read More
 
How to Address a Renovation Construction Dispute

How to Address a Renovation Construction Dispute

There was an informative article in the Washington Post (19 April 2018) by Elisabeth Leamy, host of the podcast “Easy Money,” titled “How to Address a Dispute When a Renovation Doesn’t Go as Planned.” In the article, Leamy outlines some of the steps homeowners can take when a construction dispute arises with their contractor. She had such ... Read More
 
Electrical Outlet Orientation—Ground Pin Up or Down?

Electrical Outlet Orientation—Ground Pin Up or Down?

Installation of electrical components such as the electrical outlet and electrical box is strictly regulated in order to protect consumers and homeowners. Ground Pin Orientation When mounting an electrical outlet, should the hole for the ground pin be on the top or the bottom? Because the National Electrical Code (NEC) doesn’t offer a definitive answer, ... Read More
 
Improper Cabinet Installation Can Cause Injury

Improper Cabinet Installation Can Cause Injury

When cabinetry is not installed correctly it opens the doors for possible, and potentially, serious injury. Whether installed in a home or an office, proper cabinet installation procedures must be followed for cabinetry to be safe to use. Each set of cabinets, no matter if they are of the same brand, has unique installation requirements. ... Read More
 
What are the Latest Smart Home Technologies?

What are the Latest Smart Home Technologies?

More and more homeowners are turning on to what is called “Smart Home” technology. These are a variety of electronic devices that are controlled remotely from within the home or via a smartphone or the Internet to provide added security, comfort, energy efficiency, and “green initiative” conservation. Some of the most common technologies control heating ... Read More
 
Construction Dispute? Alternatives to Leaving a Negative Online Review.

Construction Dispute? Alternatives to Leaving a Negative Online Review.

You have a problem with your home’s construction company or contractor. A big problem. And you can’t seem to get it resolved. Do you leave a negative online review and move on? Or are there other alternatives? Leaving a bad online review doesn’t help anyone. You may think that it might warn others from using ... Read More
 
Poor HVAC Performance Tied to Air Flow and Improper Ductwork Installation

Poor HVAC Performance Tied to Air Flow and Improper Ductwork Installation

As the marketplace demands more energy-efficient homes, the performance of something as unimposing as the HVAC system can make a huge difference, leading to the requirement for contractors to not only offer higher-quality levels of products and services, but to look at ways to improve heating and cooling system operation. One area that is often ... Read More
 
Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every winter we read about another instance of carbon monoxide poisoning in the news, and all too often, the deaths that occur from it. During these months when the house is closed up for winter, it is imperative to secure your home and family against carbon monoxide leaks, also known as “the silent killer.” What ... Read More