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Home Seller Tips – Receptacle tester

Home Seller Tips – Receptacle tester

Home Owner Tips
Home Seller Tips - Receptacle tester If you've ever sold a home before or purchased one and followed around the home inspector, you may have seen them with one of these handy gadgets.  A receptacle tester.  One of the most basic and inexpensive tools a home inspector carries, but also the most used. When I inspect a home, I try to test every accessible or visible receptacle I find with one of these.  This will tell me if that specific receptacle has been correctly wired.  We have a lot of older home here in Northern Michigan, and a lot of DIYers that may or may not be proficient in their electrical work.  It's pretty common to find receptacles with open grounds(not hooked up or many times no ground present), open…
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Radon Testing | Traverse City, MI

Radon Testing | Traverse City, MI

Community, Home Buyer Tips, Home Owner Tips
Radon Testing in Traverse City, MI Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is a result of decaying uranium.  It can transfer from the soil into your home regardless of your foundation type; slab, basement, crawl.  And is only second, behind smoking as being a leading cause of lung cancer.  It can find it's way through cracks or openings in the foundation, floor/wall joints, exposed soils ( sump pit or crawl space), even through your well water. It is estimated that 12 percent of homes in Michigan have elevated Radon levels of 4 pCi/l (measured in picocuries per liter).  The good news is that if your home does have elevated levels, a Radon mitigation system can be installed to lower them to safe levels, or almost completely eliminate them.  To put…
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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

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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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