Newsletters

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.

21
Oct

CO – The Silent Killer

Beginning in January of next year- any residence sold, rented or issued a building permit in Nebraska will require carbon monoxide detectors per Nebraska law. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is odorless and tasteless. Most who suffer from CO poisoning are not aware they are being poisoned. It has been estimated that unintentional CO exposure accounts for more than 20,000 emergency room visits and up to 500 unintentional deaths in the United ...

29
Jul

Toilet Talk

I don’t want to think about toilets- they are not pleasant things to ponder. But, as we all know, in-door plumbing is one of the most important advancements of a human civilization. To flush away all that waste and not have to worry about where it goes or how a toilet works is a luxury.  No one wants to be wondering what could go wrong every time the toilet flushes.

18
Feb

Structural Anomalies

Recently, while inspecting the floor framing visible from an unfinished basement, I spotted something that 25 yrs of experience around lumber had never presented to me. I have seen several different types of defects in wood joists such as insect damage or wood decay. Several of these particular joists had cross grain “slots” of material completely missing. The “slots” were not machine or tool made. The defect must have ...