Inspections – CheckThisHouse https://www.checkthishouse.com Home maintenance, remodeling, repair, and improvement tips for your property Thu, 09 Jul 2020 21:59:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 Do You Need A High School Diploma or GED to Become A Home Inspector? https://www.checkthishouse.com/8422/do-you-need-a-high-school-diploma-or-ged-to-become-a-home-inspector.html Fri, 12 Jul 2019 18:54:12 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8422 To make this short and sweet: yes. A high school diploma, or the equivalent GED, is the minimum required level of education in order to be considered for a position as a home inspector. This does not mean, however, that just because you have your high school diploma or your GED, you will be able to ... Read more]]> Don’t Make These 3 Rookie Mistakes When Buying Your First Home https://www.checkthishouse.com/8327/dont-make-these-3-rookie-mistakes-when-buying-your-first-home.html Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:29:33 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8327 Buying a home, especially your first home, can be one of the most exciting and proud moments of your life – but it can also be stressful and overwhelming if you aren’t careful. More than likely, purchasing a house is the largest and most significant transaction you will carry out in your lifetime. Not only ... Read more]]> Water Heater Inspection Guidelines & Home Inspector Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/6300/water-heater-inspection-home-inspector-tips.html Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:23:17 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6300 Hot Water InspectionWater Heater Inspection Guidelines The following water heater inspection guide covers 3 types of the most popular water heater installations: Gas, natural draft, tank water heaters utilizing galvanized steel vent pipe Gas, power vent equipped, tank water heaters utilizing PVC vent pipe Electric water heaters There might be some minor discrepancies between jurisdictions which will in most (probably not all) cases concern seismic areas water heater installations. I’ll cover it within this water heater inspection manual but I would highly recommend to obtain a water heater installation permit from your local building department (usually required) and verify plumbing code requirements in your particular area. Water heater [...]]]> Top Ten New Condo Safety Issues & Defects https://www.checkthishouse.com/3810/top-ten-new-condo-safety-issues-defects.html Sun, 13 Sep 2009 04:54:30 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3810 Read more]]> New Hot Water Heater Installation Guide & Condo Inspection Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/3654/chicago-new-condo-water-heater-inspection.html Tue, 21 Apr 2009 04:06:35 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3654 hot water tank installationTo start your inspection of a new water heater installation in a Chicago condominium you have to determine what type of a water heater you actually have. The following water heater installation guidelines will most likely apply in any jurisdiction (please double check). The only difference or rather an addition would be water heater strapping and flexible gas connectors that are required in seismic areas. Below are 4 most common types of water heater installation in Chicago new condos: Tank type /natural draft water heater with a metal vent pipe (galvanized steel – make sure there is no aluminum [...]]]> Chicago Condo Furnace Installation Most Common Problems https://www.checkthishouse.com/3572/chicago-condo-furnace-installation-most-common-problems.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/3572/chicago-condo-furnace-installation-most-common-problems.html#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2009 04:04:18 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3572 https://www.checkthishouse.com/3572/chicago-condo-furnace-installation-most-common-problems.html/feed 1 Chicago Condo Inspection Firewall Separation or NOT https://www.checkthishouse.com/3550/chicago-condo-inspection-firewall-separation-or-not.html Wed, 08 Apr 2009 17:53:29 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3550 Read more]]> Chicago Condo Inspection & Combustion Air Requirements https://www.checkthishouse.com/3518/chicago-condo-inspection-combustion-air-requirements.html Fri, 03 Apr 2009 01:02:49 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3518 Chicago New Condo Laundry Room Inspection https://www.checkthishouse.com/3507/chicago-new-condo-laundry-room-inspection.html Wed, 01 Apr 2009 02:29:42 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3507 Read more]]> How to Perform Kitchen Inspection | Home Inspector Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/3486/chicago-new-condo-kitchen-inspection-manual-electrical-more.html Tue, 31 Mar 2009 03:38:54 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3486 Chicago New Condo Bathroom Inspection: Finding Bathroom Safety Issues https://www.checkthishouse.com/3470/chicago-new-condo-bathroom-inspection-bathroom-safety-issues.html Mon, 30 Mar 2009 04:02:15 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3470 Chicago new condo bathroom inspection All bathroom outlets must be 20 amps rated and must include GFCI protection (there might be one GFCI receptacle and other outlets connected to it and protected). Your new condo bathroom receptacles must be installed on #12 AWG wire which you can’t see without removing of the receptacle or at ... Read more]]> Chicago New Condo Electrical Requirements | Condo Inspection https://www.checkthishouse.com/3438/chicago-new-condo-electrical-requirements-condo-inspection.html Sat, 28 Mar 2009 21:36:59 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3438 Read more]]> Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements | Chicago Condo https://www.checkthishouse.com/3423/smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-detector-requirements-chicago-condo.html Fri, 27 Mar 2009 19:37:18 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3423 Common Issues & Inspection Tips for Condo Flooring & Hardwood, Walls, Windows and Interior Doors https://www.checkthishouse.com/3383/condo-floor-walls-windows-interior-doors-inspection.html Fri, 27 Mar 2009 02:52:47 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3383 hardwood inspection issuesThe following article the Chicago condo inspection concerning issues with hardwood / floating / tiled / carpeted / vinyl floors, windows, doors and wall surfaces may be considered as cosmetic (at least parts of it). Although, some of the described conditions may be a result of an already corrected problem, other are evidence of an ... Read more]]> Condo Entrance From Enclosed Staircase, Hallway or Garage https://www.checkthishouse.com/3357/condominium-entrance-from-enclosed-staircase-hallway-or-garage.html Thu, 26 Mar 2009 01:40:27 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3357 Read more]]> Chicago Condo Inspection Manual | Condo Safety Issues & More https://www.checkthishouse.com/3348/chicago-condo-inspection-manual-condo-safety-issues-more.html Wed, 25 Mar 2009 23:23:42 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3348 Read more]]> Looking for a New Gut Rehabbed Condo in Chicago | Inspect it! https://www.checkthishouse.com/3293/looking-for-a-new-gut-rehabbed-condo-in-chicago-inspect-it.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/3293/looking-for-a-new-gut-rehabbed-condo-in-chicago-inspect-it.html#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2009 03:34:15 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3293 Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/3293/looking-for-a-new-gut-rehabbed-condo-in-chicago-inspect-it.html/feed 1 Crawlspace Mold, Ventilation and Insulation https://www.checkthishouse.com/1537/crawlspace-inspection-part-eight-mold-ventilation-and-insulation.html Sat, 25 Oct 2008 02:33:15 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1537 Termites and Other Crawlspace Bugs https://www.checkthishouse.com/1452/house-crawlspace-inspection-termites-and-other-bugs.html Sun, 19 Oct 2008 06:13:39 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1452 Read more]]> House Floor Framing and Structure Support https://www.checkthishouse.com/1419/crawlspace-inspection-floor-framing-and-structure-support.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/1419/crawlspace-inspection-floor-framing-and-structure-support.html#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2008 05:02:31 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1419 Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/1419/crawlspace-inspection-floor-framing-and-structure-support.html/feed 1 Electrical Problems in a Crawlspace https://www.checkthishouse.com/1411/crawlspace-inspection-part-five-electrical-components-issues.html Wed, 08 Oct 2008 18:40:07 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1411 Read more]]> Heating System Issues https://www.checkthishouse.com/1392/crawlspace-inspection-part-four-heating-system-issues.html Mon, 06 Oct 2008 15:07:03 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1392 Read more]]> Crawlspace Plumbing Problems https://www.checkthishouse.com/1280/crawlspace-inspection-part-three-plumbing-components.html Thu, 02 Oct 2008 04:27:57 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1280 Read more]]> Crawlspace Drainage and Flooding https://www.checkthishouse.com/1297/crawlspace-inspection-part-two-drainage-and-flooding.html Wed, 01 Oct 2008 02:41:25 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1297 Read more]]> Crawlspace Foundation Cracks and Leaks https://www.checkthishouse.com/1281/crawlspace-inspection-part-one-cracks-and-leakage.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/1281/crawlspace-inspection-part-one-cracks-and-leakage.html#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2008 04:29:21 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1281 Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/1281/crawlspace-inspection-part-one-cracks-and-leakage.html/feed 4 Sell Home Fast – Preparing a House for Sale https://www.checkthishouse.com/1173/sell-home-fast-preparing-a-house-for-sale.html Mon, 15 Sep 2008 02:48:28 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1173 Roof / Attic Ventilation Inspection https://www.checkthishouse.com/891/roof-attic-ventilation-inspection.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/891/roof-attic-ventilation-inspection.html#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2008 21:43:31 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=891 Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/891/roof-attic-ventilation-inspection.html/feed 2 Chimney Inspection | Home Inspector Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/874/chimney-inspection.html Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:59:32 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=874 Chimney inspection - start from examining your chimney from the ground, binoculars may be helpfulHouse chimney inspection No climbing on and leaning the ladder against your chimney stack while performing chimney inspection! You are going to start chimney inspection by examining its structure from the ground. Depending on chimney’s height, position, roof pitch, and clearances around the house, you may be able to perform most of the chimney inspection from the ground level using a pair of good quality binoculars. House chimney inspection – masonry chimney For a brick chimney inspection (it would also apply to stone and cinder block) – check the condition of mortar lines between the bricks, and the bricks themselves. Heavily deteriorated / missing mortar [...]]]> Roof and Gutters inspection https://www.checkthishouse.com/844/roof-and-gutters.html Mon, 25 Aug 2008 17:09:26 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=844 Read more]]> Home Pre-Inspection – the new real estate trend or … wishful thinking? https://www.checkthishouse.com/809/home-pre-inspection-the-new-real-estate-trend-or-wishful-thinking.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/809/home-pre-inspection-the-new-real-estate-trend-or-wishful-thinking.html#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2008 04:36:08 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=809 Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/809/home-pre-inspection-the-new-real-estate-trend-or-wishful-thinking.html/feed 1