I got a call yesterday from a client whose home we inspected in the Fall of 2017. She noticed some moisture on her basement wall, and the carpet on the basement floor felt wet. I am always happy to answer this kind of call - it feels good to be able to help clients troubleshoot problems and get potential solutions without making them shell out a few thousand bucks to a contractor or basement "waterproofing" company who has a vested interest in finding the most expensive fix.
This may come as a shock to many of you, but at least 50 percent of the "renovated" homes out there did NOT get any permits or inspections for the work they did. So, that really nice-looking flipped house you saw? No permits for the rewiring or breaker panel installation. No, no inspection on the plumbing work that's now totally covered by drywall, either. Structural repairs? "Yeah, we did some sister boards - good stuff, too....no, no permits, but it's solid....trust me!
In case you haven't noticed, it's cold. Winter is here, and if you're like most people, you are probably more focused on cookies, presents, and holiday parties than you are home maintenance. It's ok - we here at Precision Home Inspection have you covered, and we just might save you a few dollars while you're at it. The most important thing, of course, is your safety. Please don't go all Clark Griswold with your holiday lights and extension cords. I shouldn't have to tell y
Last week I did an inspection for a client who was using Precision Home Inspection for the 2nd time in two weeks. The first deal fell through, which isn't all that unusual after an inspection. But in this case I knew that it could only mean one thing: I saved that buyer thousands. To explain, let me rewind to the first inspection. The inspection was going really well. Solid foundation, newer HVAC, new water heater, the roof was in good shape and the electrical had been r
Lately, about half of my clients are buying Philadelphia rowhomes. For reasons that only Philly natives can understand, that makes me smile. I grew up in those rowhomes. The first home I owned was a Philly rowhome. My daughter's first steps were taken in a Port Richmond rowhome. I have renovated them, tearing them right down to the old rough cut studs, itchy rock wool insulation, and knob and tube wiring. Over the last years, I have inspected hundreds (maybe even thousan
My favorite Realtor (my wife) has clients who are preparing to list in the spring. Knowing that they can make privileged (i.e. "free") use of her inspector-husband, they asked her what they should do to make sure that their home will “pass” an inspection (homes don’t “pass” or “fail” inspections, but that is a common misconception, and probably a whole other blog topic for another time). I get this question a lot, actually, from both buyers and sellers. People want to know wh
You may have noticed - it's winter. Here in the Philadelphia area that means that we are about to have a layer of perma-snow covering everything. Soon, we won't be able to remember what it looked like without it. It impacts EVERYthing. Fewer parking spaces, horrible street conditions even a week after the snow which alter bus routes and create horrid traffic.... And, snow covered roofs which means limitations on Philadelphia home inspections. Many times, we do not inspect t