Often in older electrical panels. the home inspector finds a condition known as double-lugging; where two electrical wires are connected to a single
screw/lug… usually done by a wannabe electrician.
In the photo, you’re looking at a damper plate in the exhaust flue above a wood burning fireplace with a gas log lighter pipe.
After several thousand home inspections, The House Whisperer is still amazed about what’s discovered; and just when you think you’ve
seen everything… the inspector spotted something embedded in the roof. It turned out to be a 9mm bullet.
In a large household, it's conceivable to be flushing a toilet, taking a shower, running the dishwasher and using the washing machine all discharging water at the same time.A gallon of water weighs approximately 8.4 lbs... 10 gallons of water weighs 84 pounds.
You’re looking at a flexible brass gas supply pipe going into the side of an older heating furnace.
While under an old Pleasant Hill house, The House Whisperer inspector spotted this makes-me-nervous-looking-at-it support post sitting on loosely stacked bricks… obviously installed by a non-professional.
Many Oakland home inspections turn out to be entertaining. Founded in 1852, Oakland was recently declared as the most diverse city in terms of various ethnic populations. Around 150 languages are spoken in the Oakland metropolitan area with a population of approximately 400,000.
Aluminum electrical wire was installed in houses from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s during a period of high copper prices.
Chapter 1 - Once upon a time, there was a homebuyer who saved $50 by choosing a home inspector based on how much they charged and failed to ask five important questions.
Chapter 2 – The home buyer’s inspector failed to report the sloping floors in the house.
Chapter 3 - Repairing the cracked foundation and sloping floors after moving into their house cost $33,784. 65
The moral of the story… you get what you pay for… The End
Would you call a car dealer and ask “How much do you charge for a car?” Chances are that you wouldn’t do that. You’d have to do research and decide what you want to buy before asking for prices.
When homebuyers are looking for a home inspector some will ask, “What do you charge for a home inspection?”
They ask this question because they’re trying to find the inspector that offers the cheapest inspection fee.
When you’re only concerned with the price of a home inspection and not peace of mind, you’ve already made an assumption that all home inspectors offer the same thing, and you assume you’re comparing apples to apples. Not true.
Buying a house is the biggest purchase of your life… Wouldn’t you want peace of mind knowing that the house was thoroughly inspected by an experienced and certified inspector?
Five Important Questions to ask before hiring a home inspector
1. Are you a member of a professional inspection organization? A home inspector should be a certified member of a professional inspection organization: NAHI, ASHI, CREIA, NACHI (National Association of Certified Home Inspectors). These organization members follow a Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics when conducting a home inspection. (The House Whisperer belongs to NACHI)
2. How much experience do you have? Hire someone who has at least 7-10 years of experience or has extensive training. It’s especially important to hire an experienced home inspector, if you’re planning to purchase an older home. The problems or conditions found in older homes are uncommon in newer properties and you want an inspector with a background in inspecting similar homes. (The House Whisperer has 15 years experience and over 9,000 inspections)
3. What will you inspect? An inspection won’t reveal any plumbing or wiring problems inside of walls or any mold problems under the shower tiles or carpet. A great home inspector will inspect everything he can visually see. (The House Whisperer conducts a very detail visual inspection from the roof to the foundation and absolutely everything in-between)
4. Can I attend the inspection? A refusal to this simple request is a red flag. A home inspection is your opportunity to learn about your home and talk about any possible repairs that may be needed. (The House Whisperer encourages buyers to be at the inspection… and will explain their findings to them at the end of the inspection and answers all questions)
5. What kind of inspection report do you offer? Some inspectors provide a Check-list report verses a written report. Check list reports are vague and can leave the buyer wondering if there are other problems. Most inspectors will provide a written report within 24 hours. Always ask for a sample report. (The House Whisperer provides a comprehensive written narrative report with photos within 4-12 hours of the inspection… a sample report is available on the website)
Don’t Waive the Home Inspection… We cannot emphasize enough the value and necessity of having a professional home inspection. Many home buyers, either in the desire to save a few hundred dollars that a Peace of Mind home inspection costs, or due to simple ignorance… have spent several thousand dollars repairing items after the purchase of their house that a good home inspector would have reported… Check out our Blog Photos.
When you’re ready for a peace of mind home inspection… Call 1-800-662-8589 and ask for Glenn.
Glenn Stewart is a certified master inspector and the owner of The House Whisperer, a residential inspection company serving the SF Bay Area since 1999.