Archive for November, 2007

Old home story

True story

I recently did an inspection of a home built in the early 1950’s which is old for this area. The home was settling so much you needed mountain climbing shoes to trek the steep sloped floors inside (exaggerating some) and there was a fire at some time in the attic, next to the chimney. The buyer was with me and I felt understood what was going on pretty well. She called a few days later after speaking to the Realtor to ask a few questions.

Regarding the uneven floors a Realtor told her “that’s how they used to build the homes so when they washed the floors the water would run outside”

As for the burned wood in the attic “they used to burn the wood to treat it for termites”

You never know what you will run across do you!


Here Are A Few Of The Important Benefits Of Having The Home Inspected BEFORE It Gets Put On The Market:


1. Helps buyers feel immediately more comfortable with the property.

2. Increases the home buyer’s perceived value of the property.

3. Gives the sellers the opportunity to eliminate certain defects before the buyer’s arrive.

4. Allows the sellers the proper time to make any needed repairs in order to more effectively market the home in the most positive light.

5. Reduces the likelihood that buyers will hire their own inspector.

6. Reduces the likelihood of costly surprises being found by a buyer’s inspector after the sellers thought they had a firm offer.

7. Virtually eliminates emotionally and financially draining renegotiations.

8. Increases the likelihood that serious offers will turn into closings.

9. Reduces the buyer’s negotiating leverage regarding the existing property conditions.


So let’s review the facts:  Having the home inspected before the first buyer shows up will allow the home to be sold for more money, reduce the cost of the needed repairs, and minimize the frustration with the entire sales process.  So where’s the down side to getting a Pre-Listing Inspection?

We often get calls for inspections of condo’s that should have the exterior inspected. Some of today’s condo’s are really old retired town homes or apartments. We are told that the exterior belongs to the association and is not the responsibility of the owner. Hogwash, who supports and pays the condo fees, the owner (s) of course. I inspected a property today that  looks like it needs a lot of work on the exterior, it may or may not have structural defects at this point. There are obvious signs of moisture intrusion, mold and water damage in a few of the rooms. The buyer was not  overly concerned as she believes the condo association will flip the bill. I am not a lawyer or a realtor by any means, I could not get her to understand she is the association. I guess when the next assessment comes up for special repairs needed, she will understand then. I did my part to worn her and suggest an exterior review of the property

Let’s talk Radon

I know when the phone rings and someone on the other end of the line starts out asking home inspection questions and inquiring about radon they are not likely from this immediate area. Occasionally a home relocation company will ask us to perform a radon test in Alabama, and very rarely in Florida. As our earlier findings resulted in little to know elevated Radon levels locally and according to the EPA we live in a non high threat area. How widespread is the problem? Radon has been found in homes in all 50 states. Certain areas are more susceptible than others, check out this EPA sight for a map of their findings,

Radon gas is produced from a breakdown of uranium in the soil. Radon gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless. The Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Approximately 24,000 people die each year from exposure to Radon.
The only way to know if you have elevated Radon levels in your home is to have a Radon test. Please see our website at and for complete details on Radon, Radon Testing and Radon Mitigation.