Expectations are Everything

By Steve Vacha

Many moons ago when I was a high school educator, a popular expression with us teachers was, “They will walk through the doors of your expectations”. Home buyers’ expectations are shaped by the people, including agents, lenders and home inspectors that they are working with during the home buying process. If an agent tells their…

What is Not Seen

By Steve Vacha

Most buyers tend to spend most of their time looking at the interior of a house during a showing. Interior finishes and floorplans are most important in many peoples’ minds.  At times, harsh weather such as extreme heat, cold or rain and snow can keep people from spending too much time around the outside the…

Inspectors with Knowledge

By Steve Vacha

At Home Standards Inspection Services our goal is to provide the training to enable our inspectors to be the best in the area. This starts with on the job shadowing, and continues with cross training between inspectors and the sharing of information on a daily basis. We also belong to and are active in the…

Return on Investment

By Steve Vacha

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.…

Fire Safety Plan

By Steve Vacha

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…

To Inspect or Not to Inspect

By Steve Vacha

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…

Radon is Here to Stay

By Steve Vacha

Radon is Here to Stay By Steve Vacha Radon is here to stay, literally.   The uranium dropped off by the glaciers millennia ago is buried deep in our soil.  As many of us who have been around awhile know, nothing in our environment stays the same for long.    Uranium after many thousands of years, changes…

Buyer’s Expectations

By Steve Vacha

Buyer’s Expectations of the Home Inspection By Steve Vacha   Expectations can be everything.  If a person has an unrealistic expectation about anything, they will probably be disappointed.  (Some of us football fans will never learn) When it comes to home inspections, it is important that the buyer understands just what exactly a home inspection…

Electrical Panel Concerns

By Steve Vacha

Electrical Panel Concerns By Steve Vacha Most of us have an innate respect or fear of electricity.  Be it our parents warning us about it from an early age or maybe having the outlet spark on us as we tried to plug in a damaged tool or appliance.  Our homes today have many safety features…

Energy

By Steve Vacha

Energy Steve Vacha   Where would we be without it?  We only have to remember how out of sorts we get when there is a short power outage at our homes. The cost of energy is going up. We pay more and more to heat our homes and keep the lights on. The cost to…