Newsletters

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
27
Dec

Going Where Most Buyers Don’t Go

By Steve Vacha President, Home Standards Inspection Services EMAIL STEVE   So, what is with this picture (to the right) I took recently at a home? Looks like a normal electrical panel with a screw driver sitting on top of it. I am told this very scenario killed a young man who was doing mission work at a church. A breaker went bad and he had ...

20
Dec

Disposable Cup Holders – by Jon Vacha

Disposable cup holders have other uses.  Actually no, no they don't...........

18
Dec

Hearth Protectors- Jon Vacha

These rubber or foam protective things are great. I definitely see their value having a baby who's try to pull herself up on stuff and tend to fall a bit

14
Dec

Outlet in Bondage – by Dave Six

Never seen it done this way, it looks more like it's being held hostage !