Posts Tagged ‘training’

And, what is engineered wood flooring?  I Googled up “Engineered flooring” and got About 30,900,000 results (0.98 seconds)

Technically, engineered wood is any wood product that is not solid wood. Producers of wood panel products like to call plywood the first engineered product. Plywood consists of thin veneers of wood that are stacked so that the grain of one layer, or ply, runs perpendicular to the plies above and below it. An adhesive is applied between the plies and they’re bonded together on a hot press.


It is nearly impossible for a home inspector to know how many layers of laminate flooring are involved or how many times it can sanded (if any). Sometimes we might find a left over piece of flooring somewhere on site. If we are really lucky there might be a box of it sitting around. Then, you can do some research to find out general care instructions.




Thanks to Home Inspector Kevin Rose for sharing this photo.

” The ENTIRE plumbing system was updated about 20 years ago” says the seller!
Bay Minette, 1950’s house.

Yet another good reason to get a home inspection. Are you going to go into the crawlspace under the home to inspect it?

Old drain pipes


I have recently been reminded of an old quote I first heard as a young adult  “Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. ” 

I’m sure most people understand the need for continuing education. At Ellis Inspection Services, we take it very seriously! You might wonder how much can change in the home building industry, well, let me tell you…

There are a multitude of new building techniques daily. Along with each new technique, someone has to learn to put them together, and someone still needs to learn to inspect them. Every item out there gets tested somehow, weather just through time, some gravity, proper and improper installation etc. It is a huge cycle. 

I typically start my day off at 5 a.m. , get through my e-mail then review and study particular home inspection techniques through threads and blogs on the Internet for half an hour so. During the course of an average day I speak to the other inspectors that work with us, and I read a few selected periodcals related to home inspections and building. 

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) requires 20 hours of contineuing education annually by pre-certified institues. Each hour of credit usually takes close to two hours of study and prep time. 

Each certification and or group reqwuires more training and studies. Building codes, mold, air quallity, water quality, green, infrared. Now when your through studying you have to apply what you’ve learned. 

These are just a few reasons why hiring an experienced well trained, educated and practiced home inspector is so important.