Water quality testing

Water quality testing

Clients, Community, Home Buyer Tips
  Water quality testing Just as important as a home inspection is testing the quality of your water.  Sometime your lender may even require you have this done, depending on the type of loan you may be using.  During your inspection we can pull water samples for testing at a local lab.  Some of the more common things we test for are: Bacteria (coliform and e. coli), Nitrates, Lead, Copper However, there are many different tests we can pull water samples for.  When booking your home inspection, please let us know ahead of time which tests you would like us to take a sample of. Prices will vary for each test.  Feel free to give us a call or email, and we will be more than happy to provide you…
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Vacation Rental Safety Inspections

Vacation Rental Safety Inspections

Community, Home Owner Tips
Vacation Rental Safety Inspections We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place that people all over the state and all over the country want to visit here.  The trend has been increasing more and more that vacationers are renting homes vs. staying in hotels.  Occasionally, these rental properties change hands and are sold, and when they do, the purchase typically involves a home inspection.  That's where I come in! This past summer I was called to inspect a Glen Arbor lakefront home that was an active vacation rental through a popular vacation rental company.  The purchaser planned on continuing to rent the property, along with sneaking in a few weekends himself.  This was a very nice home that sat almost right on top of Glen Lake, with…
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Preparing For A Home Inspection

Preparing For A Home Inspection

Clients, Home Inspection Q/A
  What are some of the more common defects found during a home inspection? Many times when defects in a home are found and reported, on the home owner is unaware those problems existed.  The list below may help you in preparing for a home inspection and any defects found:   Bathroom exhaust fans in attic:  On those cold Northern Michigan mornings, everyone loves a hot shower.  So, you crank up the heat, turn on the exhaust fan, and in you go.  But where is all that hot, humid air going?  It's supposed to be vented outside of the home, but you'd be surprised how many I see vented straight into the attic space.  This is a big no-no, and can lead to mold growth on your rafters or roof sheathing.…
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Secret Tunnel House

Secret Tunnel House

Clients
A lot of times when in a social setting and people find out I am a home inspector, I've often get asked, "What's the coolest house you've ever inspected?" You would think if might be difficult to narrow down the different houses, but this is always an easy one.  The secret tunnel house.  When I respond that I inspected a house that had a secret tunnel in the basement that connected to another house, I always get LOTS of questions afterwards.  Technically speaking, the tunnel wasn't a secret, but looking at the house or property from the outside, you never would no it was there. It was located in the basement of a 100 year old house.  A row of bookshelves along the wall, and above one of the shelves…
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Infrared Camera Home Inspection

Infrared Camera Home Inspection

Clients
INFRARED CAMERA USE FOR YOUR HOME INSPECTION Infrared camera (sometimes called thermal imaging) use during a home inspection is becoming more and more popular.  Informed home buyers aware of accessible tools are looking for home inspectors that offer these services.  And home inspectors that want to offer a complete inspection to their clients are arming themselves with these cameras.  It provides a way to view a home in an entirely different perspective. To put it very(very) simply, infrared cameras measure the surface temperatures and display them as a picture with various colors for each temperature range.  In the picture above, hot and cold water pipes can be seen being fed in and out of a water heater in the basement.  The hot being the brighter yellow color, and cold being…
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Home Inspection Cost | Traverse City, MI

Home Inspection Cost | Traverse City, MI

Home Buyer Tips, Home Inspection Q/A
Home Inspection Cost for Traverse City, MI How much does a home inspection cost?   There are several factors that can determine a home inspection cost and we have listed some of them below: Age:  There is a big difference in inspecting a 5 year old home and a 100+ year old home.  Here in Traverse City, MI, we have a lot of older homes that have been through one, two, sometimes three remodels over the course of their life.  Or several additions added on over the years.  Because of this, it can add lots of time for the inspector inspecting multiple attic or foundation areas, and determined if the work was done in a professional manner. Location:  Many home inspectors will cover a large geographical area.  As a result,…
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New Tool Offers Greater Detail for Home Inspections

New Tool Offers Greater Detail for Home Inspections

Clients, Home Inspection Q/A
The roof of a home is one of about a dozen general areas  that I inspect and clients can expect during my home inspection services. The condition and findings of the roof inspection are always detailed in a full report to my clients.  Those details are so important.  And I love it when I can add some innovation to my tool box that can benefit my clients and enhance my level of service. To enhance the detail of my roof inspections, I've enabled a remote telescoping pole camera. This allows me to better inspect extreme roof heights in potentially dangerous situations, like winter frost and ice.  It also helps me to inspect extremely tight and difficult angles and slopes. This is a huge added benefit for my clients because they…
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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Home Owner Tips
How is it September already!?! As always summer was a whimsy haze of sunsets and lake swims and laughs and lot's of hard work. I'm always thankful to be so busy. As kiddos head back to school and us adults get back to adulting I thought it was a good time to post some Fall home maintenance tips. Regardless, if you're selling or buying in the near future, a proper seasonal home maintenance plan can save you big bucks and headaches in the long run. And f you're just enjoying your home, it's a good way to show your home some love. Below is a short checklist to get you started. You should be able to cover the basics, but if you are interested in having me give your home…
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To Do List for Homebuyers

To Do List for Homebuyers

Home Buyer Tips
Congratulations you've decided you want to buy a home. The home buying process can be complex. You want to make sure you're making the right decision and taking a variety of factors into consideration. Thankfully, there are plenty of detailed resources available through your local realtor to help you navigate your home buying process. Below is a very streamlined timeline to help get you started. Save your pennies Calculate what you can afford Get mortgage approval Choose your realtor Visit homes Make an offer Schedule your Home Inspection Close and move in!  
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This is Why I Love My Job

This is Why I Love My Job

Clients, Community, Home Inspection Q/A
I feel honored to be a trusted resource for my clients when it comes to their home buying journey. Buying a home is a major investment and with most major investments there can be a certain level of nervousness, uncertainty, perhaps even doubt. With my homes inspection services, you can feel at ease that you are working with a trusted partner to give it to you straight. It's my job to point out everything, within the scope of your home inspection, that might need repair, replacement, maintenance or further inspection.  I strive to give my clients the knowledge to make the right decision when it comes to making a house their home. It feels good to help people make in their big life decisions. Not to mention the great folks I…
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