When to Walk Away

 


Often we speak with clients who are in a tough situation, trying to save money while taking on a project that’s likely too large. Occasionally, these properties are “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO) and/or friends and family transactions. The home may be intended as a long-term rental. We’ve even seen some ill-managed properties given away.

Still, living in (or renting out) dangerous home is a lose-lose situation for any length of time. Air quality issues, falling hazards, moldy furnishings, unsafe electrical systems, and leaky roofs are just a sampling of the unhealthy issues in such a home.

A good rule of thumb is: do you like being inside the home? If not, and you have neither time nor money to fix it, it’s often best to walk way.

The Value of a Mold Inspection

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From a recent client,

The rental management company is reimbursing me for rent and security deposit.  I couldn’t thank you enough for all of your help.  I will recommend you to anyone who could benefit from your detailed inspections.  Thank you again!!!!!  Please let me know if there is anywhere I can leave a review or recommendation.

When clients contact us for mold issues, the living situation is quickly becoming dire. Understanding this, we schedule, sample, and report quickly in order to expedite the client’s process.

The email above was received just over two days after we arrived on-site. Our client was able to pack up and move out with money in-hand. Her investment in us, you might say, was well rewarded.

Kickout Flashing

Though we don’t see much stucco in this area, here is a helpful diagram of the proper step and kickout flashings for a roof intersecting a side wall:

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Asbestos Abatement Guide

The Mesothelioma Center recently sent us Your Guide to Hiring an Asbestos Abatement Company, and we wanted Asbestos Abatement Guide as a free resource. Enjoy!

Asbestos.com also has more information and resources for those dealing with the harmful, home-hidden substance.

AFCI Requirements

The newest Code-Check requires AFCI-protected electrical circuits in basically every interior room but the bathrooms. Yes, that includes kitchens. The goal is to protect the home for deadly arc-fault situations.

We have updated our reports to reflect this change, and more information is available at InterNACHI’s article on Arc-Fault Circuit Interruptors. .