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…

Seller’s Block

By Home Standards

By Steve Vacha President, Home Standards Inspection Company   Many of us grow to be very emotionally connected to our homes. They are where we find comfort and rest. Even the inadequacies or deferred repairs often become normal to us, (especially to some of us males). When it comes time to sell however, prospective buyers…

Stopping Ice Jams

By Sue Josoff

If a home has a history of ice damming, fall is the time to try to prevent further problems. Ice damming occurs when heavy snow on the roof starts to melt. The melting is usually caused by inadequate insulation in the attic. Too much warm air in the attic area warms the underside of the…

Shady Solar Panel

By Sue Josoff

Most solar panels convert around 15% of the sun’s energy into electricity.  I don’t think there is any energy getting converted, looks pretty shady to me!

Human Nature and the Brick

By Home Standards

While inspecting a roof, I saw a brick near the furnace flue.  I made my way over to investigate.  I reached down to pick it up and realized it had been tarred to the roof.  I came to the conclusion that the homeowner had put the brick there to secure the flashing around the furnace…