Home Inspection Time

How long does a Home Inspection take?

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One question I am often asked is how long will the home inspection take? How long the home inspection will take depends on numerous variables. Size, pool and foundation type The most obvious variable is how large the property is. If the home has a swimming pool that can add anywhere from twenty to forty […]

Solar Home Inspection

Solar Panel Inspections during a Home Inspection

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I recently got a phone call from a Real Estate Agent that went like this: Agent: I just had a home inspection and my home inspector said there are solar panels and I should get them inspected. Me: Ok, is there a particular issue? Agent: Well, they’re connected to pool, or something, and we’re not […]

Flip or Flop? Get a home inspection

Flip or Flop? Save Headaches with a Home Inspector

Posted on Posted in Electrical Inspections, Home Inspection, Inspector Thoughts, Plumbing Inspections, Real Estate

I am sitting here watching the popular HGTV show, “Flip or Flop”. In this particular episode, Tarek and Christina find two big surprises in the home they bought to flip. One, when they open the kitchen wall, they find the house has galvanized steel plumbing that has badly deteriorated. Then they discover the house has an older […]

Pool Inspections

Electrical Pool Safety

Posted on Posted in Electrical Inspections, Home Inspection, Inspector Thoughts, Pool Inspections, Real Estate

Summer is here, and people across Southern California look forward to using their swimming pools on these hot days. Before you get too deep into swimming season, it is always a good idea to review your swimming pool’s electrical safety. Lights and outlets should be protected by GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) that will shut off electricity […]

Outdoor Extension Cords and Electrical Safety

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While doing home inspections in and around the San Fernando Valley, I have noticed on many occasions homeowners using extension cords outside in a manner that is a safety hazard. First off, extension cords should be to temporarily plug something in, and not as permanent wiring. If you need permanent wiring outdoors, you should have […]

200 amp service: Myth vs Reality

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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 […]

Check All Available Outlets on an Inspection

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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. […]