Heating System Issues

This post, concerning heating system issues, is my fourth in the series of crawlspace inspections … and we’re in the middle of our crawlspace evaluation, with some more bad things on our way. 1. Cracked foundation / possible structural problems 2. Leaking foundation 3. Drainage problems / flooding crawlspace 4. Plumbing components issues – leaking … Read more

Crawlspace Plumbing Problems

Welcome again in the Crawlspace Problems series, and this is Part Three (item #4). 1. Cracked foundation / possible structural problems 2. Leaking foundation 3. Drainage problems / flooding crawlspace 4. Plumbing components issues – leaking water supply lines, drain pipes, crawlspace water heater installation problems 5. Heating system issues 6. Electrical components issues 7. … Read more

Crawlspace Drainage and Flooding

My previous Crawlspace Inspection post covered the first two items from my Top Ten Winners list: 1. Cracked foundation / possible structural problems 2. Leaking foundation 3. Drainage problems / flooding crawlspace 4. Plumbing components issues – leaking water supply lines, drain pipes, crawlspace water heater installation problems 5. Heating system issues 6. Electrical components … Read more

Crawlspace Foundation Cracks and Leaks

House crawlspace is one of those critical areas, which can either make our lives better or more miserable. The tendency for home owners is to completely forget about it so long as the home inspector doesn’t bring the subject to the surface. It is ugly, dirty, often wet, sometimes flooded, and most of the time … Read more

Sell Home Fast – Preparing a House for Sale

From the home inspector’s point of view there is always a VERY different approach to the meaning of this title phrase than from the seller’s position. And for a very simple reason – “we” (the property owners) tend to forget about areas in our homes that don’t (at least not immediately) impact our daily routines. For as long as we don’t feel any dramatic changes in our surroundings, everything is assumed to be alright. We adjust and fail to notice small, gradual changes, and because, over the years of living in the house, it was decorated (in and out) to […]

Roof / Attic Ventilation Inspection

This is a very extensive topic, so please use reference links to my other posts, especially if everything is new for you and you really want to do most of the inspector’s work. The house roof / attic needs to be ventilated for its own and home owner’s benefit – non or poor ventilation might … Read more

Chimney Inspection | Home Inspector Tips

Chimney inspection - start from examining your chimney from the ground, binoculars may be helpful

House 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

Roof – the safest way to inspect it would be … to hire a licensed roofing contractor (from the ground of course), and sometimes, it will be the only possible way without using some special equipment or a combination of ladders. Don’t attempt to access its surface if it is too steep (you have to … Read more