Good advice from one of the most experience property inspectors around, Nick Gromicko.
Before you sign on the dotted line, use this handy checklist to find out the real condition of your new home. You might even need the seller to get out a broom!
If you’re buying a home soon, you may want to check your credit score beforehand. Here’s an easy guide to what’s in it and why.
Here’s a little post we did about basement bedrooms:
We often tell clients and trainees, “Trust your nose.” If you like being in a home, it’s more likely to be safe. If you can’t stand the smell, it’s likely worth finding out why.
Allergens can be hidden, but often our sneezer finds them quickly. Those suffering from asthma also can sense air quality issues.
Certified home inspectors and other indoor air quality consultants can help you determine if you need testing and/or repairs in your home.
Controlling moisture is the only way to control indoor mold growth, and controlling it also helps with pests and other issues.
You may not know that the following activities and appliances add moisture to indoor air:
- Running dishwasher
- Drying firewood indoors
- Standing water in the foundation/crawlspace area
- Showering and running the tub
- Humidifier use
- Venting clothes dryer indoors
By watching your in-home use of these items, you can better monitor your indoor moisture.
Often clients are bewildered by the presence of mold. “How could this happen?!?” But truly, when we understand how mold grows, it actually happens very easily.
Our partner organization, InterNACHI, has a helpful paper on indoor mold. They explain:
It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors. Some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present.
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.
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: