Home Inspections

Common Issues Found with New Construction Home Inspections, Part 1

This new construction home is supposed to be closing this month. Obviously landscaping/grass still needs to be installed (and the downspout needs to be extended), but another very important issue here is the grading. It is very common to see improper grading in new construction which can and does lead to water intrusion and many …

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Grading issues around New Construction

Buying a New Home or Nearing Your End of Warranty?

​I had the privilege of doing an End of Warranty/11th month inspection on this beautiful home this week. I also did the pre-purchase inspection for our client a year ago. As expected, new issues had cropped up over the past year and our client is now well-equipped with a detailed report (with pictures AND videos) …

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Can You Name This?

Can you identify this white material and why it is a cause for concern? I see this fairly frequently, especially in crawl spaces and attics. You might think it is white mold (testing it would give a definitive answer) but it is most likely wood-destroying fungus. As the name suggests, this fungus actually breaks down …

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CLICK to See Why Videos in Our Inspection Reports Make Such An Impact

At a recent home inspection, I discovered that the drain pipe in the crawl space under the kitchen was leaking. Since we use modern, web-based reporting software, I was able to take a video of the leak (far more informative than just a photo) and include it right in the report. Just another reason why …

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What’s Wrong with this Crawl Space?

What serious concerns do you see in these pictures and what is the main cause of these concerns? Pictures 1 and 2 are suspected MOLD. Picture 3 is rotted a rotted wood beam. What do they all have in common?  Moisture. It’s the number one enemy of your crawl space and your home and all …

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Go Check RIght Now!

​Did you hear about the actress Anna Faris and her 12 family members who nearly died over Thanksgiving because of carbon monoxide poisoning? The vacation home they were renting had NO detectors. The furnace was leaking carbon monoxide into the home at over five times the recommended level. The safety feature of having working carbon …

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Gutter Leaf Guards – Do They Work?

​What are your thoughts on gutter leaf guards? Did you know that even with leaf guards, your gutters still need to be monitored and cleared at least three times a year? It is especially important to check on your gutters in the fall – an October, early December, and April cleaning will help keep water …

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

This thermostat is in a brand new construction home and was working when I tested it at the beginning of the interior portion of the isnpection. At some point, however, I heard the HVAC switch off and when I checked the thermostat, it had gone completely blank and did not respond to any touch commands. …

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REALTOR Spotlight

REALTOR Spotlight: Kelly Alexander, Go Realty – Better Homes and Gardens. We have had the privilege of working with Kelly and her clients on many occasions and we have seen first-hand her dedication to the people she represents and her knowledge about the buying and selling process in the Triangle area. She is very responsive …

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Any Guesses As To What This Is?

Any guesses? If you were to say “FIRE HAZARD” you would be correct! This is a dryer vent that exits outside of the home and it obviously has not been cleaned in a while. Old lint, dirt, leaves, and other debris have built up over time, slowly blocking the vent and preventing moisture, heat, and …

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