I want to be certain not to bash all plumbers. Most are competent and care about the quality of work they perform. Like any sector of business there are ranges in skill and effort. The other day I believe I met the lower end of the scale.
When it comes to buying a home, it is best that you seek help to home inspectors that is trained and has enough knowledge about Dunkle Home Inspections. Let us face it, we need the advice from the experts especially when a large amount of money is at stake. Nothing will be lost when you seek help to home inspectors.
Ask neighbors if they are aware of potential problems in the house. Usually, the neighbors know everything about a house on their block. If there was fire damage, water damage, mold or death, chances are the neighbors know. They can identify a repair of vehicles parked in front of a house a few miles away. It is better to find your neighbors before you close escrow instead of afterwards.
Yellow Page Advertising. The cost for an add can be anywhere from $150 to $1000 a month for a yellow pages ad. It’s a big waste of time and money. Hardly anyone uses a phone book anymore. Brochures and business cards. The business cards are a must. The brochures will cost you an arm and a leg to be printed, then you’ll have to distribute them. You’ll have to drive around to hundreds of Realtor offices (fuel costs) and ask if you can leave some next to the other one hundred or so home inspectors brochures already there.
Do a little investigative work of your own by measuring the home before you purchase. Make sure your home’s square feet is listed correctly on the public record. Both numbers should be close to each other, if not, you should reconsider buying this property or determine why the discrepancy exists.
Does anyone remember the day you were using an electrical appliance and wondered why you got an electrical shock? This is because of poor workmanship and the circuits in your home not being grounded properly. This is another reason they created GFI, which is device that will open the electrical circuit in the case of a short circuit.
Another issue found in the electric panel is that of “double taps”. A double or multiple tap is where there are more conductors fastened to a breaker than that breaker is designed to hold. Often this is seen as two conductors on a breaker designed to hold only one. What can happen her is that one wire may not be held tightly and sparks can result along with the increased temperature that comes with it.
The job of the inspector is to look at the entire building from the foundation to the roof top. There will be hundreds of details to look into and the time it takes will depend entirely on the age and size of the house. Older houses will more likely have outdated items which will need more time for a thorough inspection. In most situations it is not possible to inspect every little item of the building. In this case it will be clearly stated in the contract and the reasons will be given. The best thing to do in this case is to talk to the inspector directly and get any doubts cleared. The buyer should also understand that home inspections are only a visual examination of the house, not a guarantee or insurance policy. Mechanical accessories can fail at anytime after purchasing the building.