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Posted Leave a commentPosted in Foundation Inspections, Home Inspection, Inspector Thoughts, Moisture Inspections, Real Estate

When most people think of water in their homes, they assume this is a good thing. After all, how did we function before indoor plumbing? Except water must be contained, or else it can do great damage to a home. Water supply and drain pipes are designed to deal with water, while drywall, wood framing […]

200 amp service: Myth vs Reality

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Electrical Inspections, Home Inspection, Inspector Thoughts, Real Estate

While doing a home inspection,  I am often asked about the electric service and if there enough amperage for a modern lifestyle. Recent conventional wisdom pushes the concept that a modern house needs a 200 Amp service. The thought being that when older houses were built, the average family had a radio, one television, one refrigerator […]

Rain Gutters: Misunderstood and Under Appreciated

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Foundation Inspections, Home Inspection, Inspector Thoughts, Real Estate

I find Rain Gutters on a home are often misunderstood and under appreciated. Particularly here in the Los Angeles area, where it does not rain very often. Many people think rain gutters are simply to prevent the water running off the roof from splashing on your head when you enter and exit your house. Actually, the […]

Check All Available Outlets on an Inspection

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Electrical Inspections, Home Inspection, Inspector Thoughts, Real Estate

Home Inspectors follow the standards of practice of either ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors), InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) or CREIA (California Real Estate Inspectors Association). All three standards call for an inspector to check a “representative number” of electrical outlets. But what exactly is a “representative number”? It is rather vague. […]

Get an Inspection before buying a flip

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Attic Inspections, Home Inspection, Inspector Thoughts, Real Estate

I watch TV shows about flipping properties with amusement, as the cast of the shows often pay little attention to points a home inspector would look at. Shows like  “Flipping Vegas” and “Flip or Flop” often show the cast buying a house without getting a home inspection, and worse, they often turn around to sell it without any intention […]