Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part V

- Click on the photo for a large version.  As a general rule of thumb, if you see a fastener going into the end-grain of wood, it’s probably wrong. . At the deck pictured below, the stairway stringers were all improperly attached.  The diagram for LSC Stairway Stringer Fasteners is also shown in the photo below ..More

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How to get the most out of your Truth-In-Sale of Housing evaluation

-  When I’m hired to do those types of inspections, I usually spend an extra hour or so at the house, and I try to go the extra mile to find all of the same stuff I’d find during a regular home inspection. . If you really want to get the most out of your TISH evaluation, hire your TISH evaluator to do a sellers inspection or a “walk-n-talk consultation” at the same time as the TISH evaluation.  I crawl through the attic, I walk the roof, I open the electric panel… all that jazz ..More

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Beware of Cheap AC Tune-Ups

-  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out Amazon Daily Deals, Groupon, Sweetjack, or google “Daily Deals”. . In last week’s blog post about professional AC maintenance, I mentioned at the end to beware of those super-discounted pre-paid coupons for AC tune-ups ..More

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Protimeter Surveymaster: The Best Moisture Meter for Home Inspectors

- .  Just check out the lineup below.  It’s small and slim, making it easy to slip in and out of a tool pouch. Of all the different moisture meters I’ve used, the Surveymaster is by FAR the best when it comes to size and shape ..More

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47 Home Inspection Issues in Under 3 Minutes, Explained

- .  All of the inspectors in my company use this moisture meter. Side note: I’m a big fan of the Protimeter Surveymaster moisture meter ..More

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