Archive For: Inspections

Is Your Home Builder Taking Shortcuts?

Is Your Home Builder Taking Shortcuts?

When you build a new home, you trust the contractor you hired. After all, you vetted them by checking their references, looking up their service and complaint records, and talking with past clients. But what you may not know is whether they are taking shortcuts in the construction of your new house. Many shortcuts are ... Read More
 

Now is the Time to Prevent Ice Dams

While my company was working on a recent renovation of a client’s mud room in their Great Falls home, the client approached me and asked me to look at a damaged ceiling in their living room and offer a pricing quote to fix it. The damage happened during the winter when water began dripping through ... Read More
 
Feeling a Draft? You Need an Energy Efficiency Audit.

Feeling a Draft? You Need an Energy Efficiency Audit.

With summer’s hot months ahead, it is surely pleasant to have a good, energy efficient, air conditioning unit. But what good is spending all that money on air conditioning when air leakage in your homes just sends all that expensive, cooled air out the windows? When cooling or heating your home, it is important to ... Read More
 
Virginia Home Inspector Specializing in Construction Problems

Virginia Home Inspector Specializing in Construction Problems

One of our clients was remodeling her home when she started having problems with the contractor. His prices kept going up, but the work didn’t seem to be getting done—or getting done right. Once she started to suspect that there were problems with the work, she began to look for a home inspector online. She ... Read More
 
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