Why do we hire these people?

Well this is a perfectly good day to rant about the poor quality of home inspectors out there. I’m inspecting a home that another inspector had looked at previously. I was given a copy of his report and started going through it. The inspector was certified but seemed to be completely incompetent. He was concerned about an unsupported front porch which turned out to be unsubstantiated, yet missed other structural…

How to Stay on Top of Your End-of-Summer Home Maintenance

As the summer winds down and the warmer weather transitions into fall, many homeowners resolve to finish some home maintenance projects before the weather gets too cold. This is a wise decision, especially considering that severe winter weather is the third leading cause of insured catastrophic losses. (The other leading causes, tornadoes and hurricanes, can also happen during this time of year.) Homeowners can literally save themselves upwards of tens…

Landscape Grading and Drainage

The most common defect I find on homes is improper grading. Improper grading is when the landscape contour or some other element near the foundation doesn’t effectively carry rain water away from the foundation. This can be a huge problem because it can cause damage to the foundation and allow moisture into the basement or crawlspace. Another example of poor drainage and grading is exterior basement window bulkheads that don’t…

What are the Risks In Not Having New Construction Inspected?

With a tight Real Estate market in Northern Colorado, many home buyers are purchasing new construction and forgoing the traditional home inspection. They feel secure doing it because they are told that the home has been “inspected” by the city several times during the construction process. This is a VERY risky way to invest hard earned savings and a giant liability for the Realtors involved. Here’s why: The city does…

New roof, old step flashing

WHEN REPLACING YOUR ROOF, MAKE SURE IT IS DONE RIGHT

This is a really common issue then I see every week when I’m out inspecting roofs. On this house the shingles were replaced but some of the flashings were not. This type of flashing is set in the chimney and it is called step flashing. When they just shingle over it there are two problems. First one is that it’s no longer step flashing and won’t work properly. The second…

What is a Storm Collar

Many homes will have minor roof leaks from a type of flashing called the furnace flue jack. This is a completely avoidable leak. Sometimes roofing contractors will remove the storm collar and install a bead of caulk between the furnace flue and the jack. This is a very temporary fix and will leak as soon as the caulk disintegrates. The next time you get a chance, look up on your…