Author Archive

14
Apr

Information Only Inspection

Light vs darkness - it is a theme repeated often.  If sales are about building relationships, guiding a client to make informed decisions is key. We all instinctively can tell when someone is open and honest and trying to supply us with the information we need.   If we ever sense manipulation, trust is typically lost. Good guidance, of course, is what we in the information industry offer.   We have expertise that we share and make a ...

08
Feb

Flat Tires and Foundation Repair

If you have a leaky tire, you might go to an auto-mechanic to get a repair. If that mechanic’s recommendation for repair is a new steel rim, a new axle and 4 new tires at a total cost of $4,000.00, would you think of getting a second opinion? I have inspected too many homes with wildly extensive and expensive foundation repairs that were the recommended fix for minor water leakage in a basement. If a foundation repair company recommends ...

05
Dec

Attic Insulation

Many homeowners are increasingly conscious of the benefits of improving the thermal rating of their homes. Recently at the GO-ASHI meeting, Todd from USA Insulation spoke to our group of ASHI inspectors about some of the ins and outs of an existing residential home’s attic insulation. Todd prides himself on doing extensive research about trends in home insulation and stays up on the latest scientific findings. When trying to assign an R-Value ...

01
Oct

Do You See What I See?

I recently went an entire half of a work day not realizing my phone was still on airplane mode. I finished my inspection 20 minutes early and I had an overwhelming sense of clarity and focus with regard to that home inspection. I had not been distracted by emails about my schedule, texts from agents or clients and notifications about my injured fantasy football wide receiver. We all know that we are ...

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. 

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 ...

08
Mar

Ducts in a row

In the photo there are two vent openings on the living room floor. One is a supply vent and one is a return vent. When vents like this are so close together they aren't very efficient because they just cycle the air from one vent to another and not through the living space of the house. The air from the HVAC system is meant to condition the air ...

29
Nov

Fireplace Fun and Function

Fireplace Fun and Function By Jon Vacha   As the weather turns cold and families gather in living rooms, people start to turn on their fireplaces. Or they say- “We’ve never used that thing, I don’t even know if it works”. During a home inspection walk through we make sure that the buyer is going to know how to operate their fireplace. If a house was built after 1995 or so it probably has a direct vent fireplace. This type of fireplace has a ...