Newsletters

01
Mar

by Steve Vacha President Email Steve   It is estimated that a normal house receives up to 4,000 electrical surges every year. Ever wonder why your dishwasher or microwave suddenly stopped working one day? Electrical surges may be the hidden culprit. My new home’s A/C unit had to be replaced three times in the first 3 years. Finally, the HVAC tech suggested installing a surge protection device on the unit. The A/C has worked fine ...

27
Feb
14
Feb

  by Tim Krof Home Standards Inspection Services Email Tim   What a great Holiday Season! I hope everyone enjoyed good times with family and friends! I had an interesting time this year when a relative tried to start the traditional holiday fire after dinner. Have you ever seen more smoke coming inside the room than going up the flue when somebody is trying to start a wood burning fire? Although it was entertaining at ...

13
Feb
28
Jan

Return on Investment

When purchasing a home there are certain expenses that are of great value to the home buyer. Appraisals help banks to be confident they can loan large amounts of money to buyers.  The appraisal fee is a good return on investment.  Real estate agents’ fees are another expense that is worth every penny, as everyone knows. Home inspections cost money, but their value is immense in almost every situation. In our current “seller’s market”, some inspections ...

23
Jan

While inspecting a 127 yr old commercial building in Missouri Valley I saw some real "artwork". We still see a lot of cast iron sewer lines, however these had recently been resealed with the traditional lead/oakum seals.  It has become very rare to see this dying art practiced, due to the dangers of working around molten lead.

09
Jan

Downspouts that drain onto service walks can create hazardous conditions.   There are solutions for this.

04
Jan

This inspection was seriously limited by personal possessions!

03
Jan

By Jon Vacha Vice President, Home Standards Inspection Services EMAIL JON By being proactive and investing in a pre-listing inspection a seller can enjoy many benefits. The inspection can help the seller avoid surprises and identify and prioritize the list of concerns buyers will see or become aware of. But what about sellers who don’t necessarily want to know what is wrong with their house? The larger items found on a pre-listing inspection will ...

29
Dec