4 Ways Technology Makes Home Inspecting Better

- The last thing that any home inspector wants to do is overlook a defect or write down details inaccurately. . With technology that’s made for inspectors, you’d have to work hard to forget something important ..More

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State of the Union, 2017

- Drone inspections will simply be a service that we offer to help make sure that we’re staying at the top of our game. Because this is new territory for us, we’re going to simply be eating the cost of these inspections until we have the process completely figured out. For our customers, this means that if we encounter a roof that is too tall to inspect by ladder, we will arrange to have the roof inspected by drone within 1 – 2 business days. At that point, we may start charging enough to cover our costs, but it will never become a money-maker for us. . If a roof is not safe to walk, we’ll still inspect it the way that we always have; from multiple ladder settings at the eaves ..More

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Are home inspectors required to move ceiling panels?

- In other words, moving a ceiling panel involves risk to persons or property, so the ASHI SOP does not require this. As I and many other home inspectors will attest, moving ceiling panels unquestionably involves risk to the ceiling panels themselves. . I’ve broken them and had to replace them, and it makes for a bad day ..More

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The most common garage door opener issues

- What do you think the owners did with the garage shown below? I have to assume they dove under the beam and did a barrel-roll while the door closed behind them. Not only that, but when these sensors are installed too high in the air, it’s impossible to hit the garage door opener button, run out of the garage, and jump over the beam while the door is closing. . I’m only half-kidding ..More

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Concealed damage: a home inspector’s homeownership woes, part 1

- When I bought my 1998-built home nearly six years ago, I remember finding a fair amount of rot around the front door. As you might imagine, this immediately caught my eye when I walked up to this house for the first time; quite welcoming, right?. ..More

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