8 Home Inspection Missteps That Cost Buyers Money

Getting a house inspected doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing. You need to play an active role in the process. You can be confident that you’re buying a good, solid house … even if you’re not a structural engineer, plumber, roofer, or professional air quality evaluator....

Vinyl Siding Inspection

by Nick Gromicko and Ethan Ward Vinyl siding is the form of exterior cladding that home inspectors are likely to encounter most frequently.  Homeowners, remodeling contractors and builders often choose vinyl siding as an alternative to wood and aluminum because it is...

Wind Mitigation

by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Wind mitigation is the implementation of certain building techniques in order to limit damage caused by intense wind. A Few Facts About Windstorms and Wind Insurance In 2006, Citizens Insurance, one of the largest property insurers...

Wood Decay

by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Wood decay, also known as wood rot, is the decomposition of wood as the result of actions by certain species of fungi. Facts about wood decay and decay fungi: According to Ohio State University, replacement materials needed to...

Septic System Inspections

by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard A septic system receives, treats and disposes of unwanted wastewater and solids from a building’s plumbing system. Solids are partially broken down into sludge within a septic tank and are separated from effluent (water) and scum...

Your Water Heater’s Maintenance Timeline

by Fran J. Donegan for The Home Depot Storage tank water heaters are the type of appliance that can hum along for years. Once installed, they don’t need constant attention. However, they do require maintenance to keep them running at peak efficiency. These are mostly...

Shrinkage Cracks in Concrete

by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Newly-placed concrete develops tensile stresses as differences in temperature and moisture content develop in the drying concrete. These stresses are relieved by cracking. A number of factors can influence the development of such...

Smoke Alarm Inspection

by Nick Gromicko A smoke alarm, also known as a smoke detector, is a device that detects smoke and issues an audible sound and/or a visual signal to alert residents to a potential fire. Facts and Figures  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:...

Termite Control in the Home

Termite Control in the Home Wood-destroying insects and other organisms can cause serious problems in the wooden structural components of a house, and may go undetected for a long period of time. New Construction All chemical soil treatments, bait systems, and...

The Limitations of a Home Inspection

by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard The Home Inspection Defined A general home inspection is a visual inspection for system and major accessible component defects and safety issues. The inspection is not technically exhaustive. A "general home inspection" and a "home...