Home Inspection Procedures

By Jon Vacha

As we adapt and respond to calls by local and national governing bodies to curtail the spread of COVID -19 we are now adopting the following procedures for home and commercial inspections: – If inspectors have any symptoms such as a high temperature or coughing, the inspector will not report to the     inspection. –…

Information Only Inspection

By Jon Vacha

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.…

Flat Tires and Foundation Repair

By Jon Vacha

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…

Do You See What I See?

By Jon Vacha

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…

Ducts in a row

By Jon Vacha

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…

Chimneys: Santa & Safety

By Home Standards

Chimneys:  Santa & Safety By Tim Krof 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 customary holiday fire after dinner was served.  Have you ever seen more smoke coming inside the room than going…

Wildlife Encounters

By Jon Vacha

Tim actually found one of these little guys hanging out in a disposal during a recent inspection. Don’t worry he was released outside. It is crazy to find the areas critter can get into in a house. This was a case of the bat probably making its way down a plumbing exhaust pipe. Birds in…

Types of Cracks

By Jon Vacha

  Types of Cracks Concrete does two things; it gets hard, and it cracks. When looking at a crack in a house’s foundation wall, the type of crack can often indicate what is causing the crack to occur. Vertical or stair step cracks indicate settlement of part of the wall or uneven weight distribution from above.…

Garage door safety mechanisms

By Jon Vacha

In the picture you can see that the safety beams are in this garage are installed in a very wrong location. They are up in the rafters of the garage. Periodically we see people do this just to make sure the beams are never broken. Of course, they should be at either side of the…