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  • Before you list…Inspect!

    Smart home sellers do many things before they list their home. They:

    1. Find a great Real Estate Agent
    2. Spruce up and unclutter their home
    3. Get a Home Inspection

    These 3 steps are vital for a smooth sale. Have a home inspection conducted a few months before listing date can save the seller lots of money and tons of heart ache. By moving the inspection to the beginning of the sales cycle, sellers are able to shorten the process by removing obstacles before they can interfere with a potential sale, as it can uncover some issues in the home that may be lurking in the attic, roof, heating and air conditioning system or in one of the many other systems within a house.

    It’s a win- win for the seller and their agent, as there will be no surprises and they’ll be fewer issues to negotiate at the 11th hour. It is also a guide for the seller and agent when filling out the Seller Property Disclosure Statement  (SPDS).

    We work with many Realtors that advise their clients to have a pre-listing inspection. It’s smart advice that pays off.

  • Infrared Inspections

    For about a year now, Realtors and clients were asking us if we offered Infrared (thermal imaging) inspections. We wanted to take our time researching this, as we don’t just add services willly-nilly (we love that word!) What we found out is that thermal imaging is truly a step into the future of home inspection. One of the amazing inspectors on our team, Inspector Eric Brown was the first to become certified doing thermal imaging inspections. He traveled out of state to take an intensive course and was certified in spring of 2019. Currently 2 other inspectors on our team are going for the certification too.

    Thermal imaging inspections are optional and will be included with the results of the inspection report.

    So…what is an Infrared/Thermal imaging inspection?

    Thermal Imaging helps discover potential home issues that would not normally be seen during a typical home inspection through the use of an infrared camera and specially trained home inspectors. Some of the attributes include:

    Energy Efficiency – Missing, damaged, thin and displaced insulation shows up easily with the infrared camera with the potential for the homeowner to save thousands of dollars a year in electric costs.

    Moisture Intrusion – Under specific circumstances, the inspector can locate water leaks behind or in walls, floors, ceilings and roof coverings. Finding a leak can easily save thousands of dollars in repairs and mold remediation costs.

    Electrical – Thermal imaging can help locate defective or improperly installed breakers, switches, receptacles or other components before they overheat and cause a fire.

    Limitations – The results of thermal imaging inspections are highly dependent on environmental factors such as weather, temperature, wind, humidity, and time of day.

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  • Termites Dwell in The Desert Too

    I get asked all the time if there is termite activity in Arizona. People are always surprised by the answer: “There are two types of houses in Arizona, those that have termites and those that will get termites.” It’s funny, but you wouldn’t think that those lil’ buggers would thrive out here in our “dry heat.” But they do. Boy do they ever. The ones that call the southwest their home are Subterranean Termites.

    The majority of home inspections we conduct usually include a termite inspection (and why not, we are there for 3 hours verses a typical termite inspection that usually lasts 25 minutes). Easily about 65 -70 percent of the time, our inspectors find evidence of termites or evidence of previous treatment (finding termite bait stations or drill holes that show remediation has been done). About 15 percent of the time, we observe actual termite damage.

    The silver lining with subterranean termites is that they live underground and only come up to feed on cellulose (wood or wood products). Since sub-termites live underground, they only come up to feed on the wood they damage far less and slower, as compared to other types of termites that live in the wood 24/7 and thrive in other areas of our country.

    Someone recently asked me if I have ever seen actual live termites. Yes, on a few occasions I have. I have seen them when I come in contact with a termite tube and then they came marching out. It is interestingly creepy.

    So don’t despair if you live in Arizona and find out you have termites. It happens to the best of us (including my house) and it’s a problem that can easily be fixed. Just call a reputable termite remediation company. It’s part of living in the desert, like sharing our living space with scorpions, rattle snakes, oh my!

  • What’s Wrong With This Picture?

    Do you remember the magazine “Highlights for Children?” I think they still publish it. I used to like reading it when I was waiting at the dentist’s office when I was a kid. We didn’t have a subscription at home. My favorite feature was the “What’s wrong with this picture?” page. It was a full page illustration with many mistakes in it and you had to find them all. Not to brag or anything, but I was always good at it. I would find all the mistakes and even some that were not “mistakes,” but I would still find them. No wonder I grew up to become a Home Inspector.

    Take a look at this picture. Can you find what’s wrong? I see a sight like this at least once a month. Did you find the mistake? It’s pretty obvious.

    To make room for the new HVAC system in the attic, the HVAC technician cut into the truss. Little did he know that you are NEVER to cut, notch or drill a truss. In contrast to conventionally framed homes (which are constructed with large pieces of lumber) truss constructed homes are engineered meaning they can use small pieces of lumber such as 2 x 4’s or 2 x 6’s. Whenever one of those trusses is altered, it places stress onto the remaining wood, which was not accounted for within the engineering and compromises the integrity of the structure. In short, any alteration done to a truss constructed structure should be approved and signed off by a structural engineer in order to assure for structural integrity.

    All these years later, I love to find things wrong with any picture. I still don’t like going to the dentist.

  • Go For The Gold!

    I am proud to be an ASHI Certified Inspector. I am more proud to have earned ASHI’s highest certification, the Gold Standard. I have trained hundreds of home inspectors and encourage them to “go for the gold” as part of their career plan.

    Being golden, sets us apart from everyone else. It gives home buyers and realtors more expertise, more credentials and more bang for their buck, so to speak.

    What’s ASHI? It’s The American Society of Home Inspectors . When you are hiring an inspector, it’s important to find out if they are certified with a national organization such as ASHI.

    ASHI Certified Inspectors are committed to conducting inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, and are dedicated to providing superior customer service. The American Society of Home Inspectors has received NCCA accreditation to award the ASHI Certified Inspector credential to those members meeting their highest standard.