Abode Analysis | Tips and Updates
I had the privilege of inspecting a beautiful home & detached garage today in the Shoreline area of Seattle. The detached garage had serious settlement cracks visible from the exterior. The entire structure seemed to be racking to one side and the garage doors didn’t fit square into the frame. It was apparent we had a serious settlement issue but it wasn’t until we made our way inside that we were allowed feast our eyes on the extent of the damage. Behold, slab on grade settlement of nearly 4″ with full detachment of the sill plate from the foundation.
Bee-haters be-ware! Glad the inspection this morning was in the middle of winter or I may have run into some trouble when I entered this attic. Winter or not, I don’t dare truss-crawl much closer, not even in hopes of a better picture. Thought thoroughly shocked, I was not completely surprised the home had a wasp problem. I noticed many dead wasps in the flue of the fireplace as well as on many window sills. Definitely the largest mud-wasp nest I’ve ever come across. There are clues to problems in a home everywhere, thats why you should chose Abode Analysis Home Inspections. Stay safe out there inspectors.
Good Seattle home inspectors continue their education wherever they can. We learn new things daily on-site and yearly at conventions. It helps us grow as an industry when we come together to collaborate, network and share information. I’m happy to report I am registered for ASHIWW’s Spring Seminar! If you’re a home inspector and are looking for additional training and continued education in our field, I encourage you to attend. Click the picture below to register. See you there!
Ever wonder where the water in your home comes from? How about where everything goes when it’s flushed or drained? This is a great, simple video to get you started in understanding the basics.
Check out below the video for a great picture that depicts the basic plumbing of a bathroom.
Most home buyers feel like they are bona fide real estate experts after all the studying up on loans and neighborhoods, online house hunting and open house visiting it takes just to get into contract on a home these days. But for all but the most handy of house hunters, getting into contract and starting the home inspection process only surfaces how little you actually know about the nuts and bolts and brick and mortar of the massive investment you’re about to make: a home!
So, you hire a home inspector, but it seems like they’re speaking an entirely different language – riddled with terms like “serviceable condition” and “conducive to deterioration” – about your dream home! Here are 5 questions you can use to decode your home inspector’s findings into knowledge you can use to make smart decisions as a homebuyer – and homeowner.
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A great compilation of commonly identified home inspection issues. Thanks to the guys at Structure Tech Home Inspections in Minnesota for making this video.