Observe and Report? That’s for Mall Cops, not Home Inspectors

-  Home inspectors do a lot more than observe and report.  Jay was careful not to diagnose the material as ‘mold’, which I have no problem with, but in his post he says that his job is “To observe and report. . ”  I’ve heard that phrase repeated by home inspectors many times, and I take issue with that phrase. Jay was writing about finding what appeared to be mold growing on the trusses throughout an attic in a new construction house.   ..More

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Poorly Insulated Eaves at Old Houses

- . When we inspect houses, we frequently make recommendations for more insulation in the attic, but one challenging place to properly insulate on old houses is the eaves ..More

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Deck Guardrail Inspections

- . 5). The current requirement for new deck guardrails is that they withstand 200 lbs of pressure at any point along the top rail (Table R301.  Actually, this standard applies to all guardrails, both inside and outside the house, but decks are the place where it matters most ..More

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Chandeliers Above Bath Tubs

- .  The image below shows a chandelier rated for a damp location – you’ll notice that the bulbs are completely enclosed. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t install a chandelier above your bath tub… but you’re supposed to have a very tall ceiling to do it, and even then, the light should be rated for a wet or damp location ..More

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Improper Shingle Nailing

-  For this reason, you shouldn’t expect most municipal inspectors to identify these issues; it’s outside the scope of their inspection.  I wrote about this topic here – Who Inspected Your Roof?  If you want a thorough roof inspection, you would do well to hire a home inspector who will access the roof. These installation defects can’t be seen from the ground, even with a very expensive pair of binoculars. ..More

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