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In the past three months I’ve seen repeated news reports of home fires with fatalities that could have been prevented with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed.
Energy Saving Tip, Honeycomb Blinds
What’s the first thing that jumps out at you when you look at the house below?
Since I was called to inspect it, first thought was damn, that’s a lot of glass. Second, with a size of 7,000 sq. / ft., that’s a lot to heat up.
Winter is upon us here New Hampshire and many residents will be using wood stoves to heat their home. Based on my findings as a home inspector many of these stoves are installed improperly. In the news this morning was a home destroyed by fire, cause a wood stove. Which begs the question, do people realize installation of stoves require a building permit to ensure it is installed correctly?
As a home inspector I have to view many roofs and all types of unpleasant weather conditions. If you had to placed a ladder on decking with snow, ice, or rain you know how slippery and dangerous it can be. I believe I have come up with a simple solution to hold a ladder in place on a deck very easily.
As a home inspector my job is to educate the client and find any costly problems associated with the home I am expecting. This inspection did both, I was called to inspected a small 1600 sq. ft. ranch, built in 1974, on a slab foundation. At some point the house had electric heat, two electrical meter boxes. One meter was missing so I assumed the house was upgraded from electric heat.
One of the most important items of a home inspection is the deck. If the deck needs to be rebuilt, it can be very costly depending on the size, materials and damage if the current deck is not flashed properly.
Often I am asked by clients if I inspect structure. Many new homebuyers do not know what structure is or how it can be very important to have an inspector that knows what to look for with regards to structural defects. Structural problems may cost the buyer thousands of dollars to repair. In some cases the home may be a complete tear down.
The enclosed video below should help explain what to expect when I perform a home inspection using thermal imaging camera. Thermal imaging detects heat, hot surfaces appear yellow, cold appears blue. Therefore, during winter months, missing insulation will appear as blue shadows. See an example of a master bedroom skylight below, missing insulation.
Ice Dam Prevention
Common garage firewall related issues.
A common problem that I see in older homes here in New Hampshire is the lack of a firewall on the shared wall with the home. See diagram below.