Newsletters

17
Nov

Unsafe Steps…….

Doggy door landing steps.  No hand , I mean paw railing!

24
Oct

Stair Safety is No Accident

It’s 20 degrees, dusk and the steps have snow and some ice. It’s times like this we all know how important a good solid hand rail is. In fact, for some of our older friends, steps can be treacherous even on normal days without a handrail. If there are three or more steps a handrail is needed for safety. Like most safety issues, they do not seem important until we find ourselves in trouble.

11
Oct

I recently inspected a two-bedroom home with a very large insulated window with a defective thermal seal. I explained to the concerned buyer there was a less expensive alternative to replacement. Insulated or thermal windows are made with two panels of glass sandwiched over a spacer and sealant, creating a space between the panes that is filled with air or with a gas, usually argon or krypton. Most failed windows do not ...

15
Aug

Why I Love My Job

I have worked with Home Standards Inspection Services as the inspection coordinator for 6 months now. At first, I didn’t know quite what to expect.  I came from a large, bustling corporate environment which I thrived in due to my competitive nature and attention to customer service. I liked the idea of working from home, but was worried about how quiet it might be. Then, as weather started warming up, the phones began to ring, and ring, and ring. The hours ...

20
Jul

Stair and Window Safety

Any of us who have fallen down a flight of stairs understand how exciting it can be. Most of us have not experienced falling down a flight of stairs which is amazing considering how many steps a person braves during a lifetime. The reason for this, is there are building codes and safety regulations and friendly home inspectors about. Maybe you have come close when you stumbled or tripped but have ...

23
Jun

Air Conditioners and Cool Smart

  It’s that time of year again, summer is here and along with it comes the heat!!  As the days grow longer and hotter, air conditioners run longer and use more power. This additional usage puts a strain on our electrical power grid throughout the city.  Air conditioners/heat pumps use a tremendous amount of electricity, and if they are running continuously all day long, this can put our public power system at risk of temporary failure. 

23
May

Fire Safety Plan

When I read or hear of home fire disasters, it affects me deeply.  My family home was totally destroyed by fire when I was a child. In the early 60’s, most homes did not have smoke alarms. If my 9 year old brother had not woke my parents and my father had not gone back into the intensely burning house against his neighbors urges to find his toddler son, ...

29
Mar

To Inspect or Not to Inspect

In today’s market, some buyers are wondering if they need a home inspection.  Even when a buyer purchases a house “as is”, there are good reasons to have a home inspection.  Below, I will consider several reasons: Safety: I have remodeled, built and inspected homes in our community for over 30 years.  I am convinced the practice of inspecting homes when they switch ownership has improved their safety.  (Prior to the relatively ...

20
Mar

The ASHI Experience

Only an ASHI inspector can provide your customers with a professional, personalized inspection that combines more than 30 years of the highest technical standards, adherence to a strict code of ethics and the very best in customer service and education. We call this “The ASHI Experience”.   When you choose ASHI, you’ll be working with professional home inspectors who have passed the most rigorous technical examinations in effect today, including inspectors who are required ...

19
Jan

Looking for a significant other can be compared to looking for a house to buy. In some cases, a person may have expectations that are too high or just simply unreasonable. They might end up searching for most of their life…or most of their real estate agent’s life. Others have fewer expectations and simply settle for whatever presents itself as a viable option.