What is considered a major defect when an inspector finds a horizontial crack on a foundation wall should be determind by a few things: First thing that has to be considered is the age of the home, the second is the size of the crack. Being a home inspector in NJ delivering the news to the buyer that there is a horzontial crack can be a tricky task. The standard of practice we follow states I have to note it in the report and advise the client to seek further evaluation from a structural engineer. I agree that a CYA statement is necessary, but I also want to be careful not use a scare tactic just to cover myself. I take the age of the home and the size of the crack and make a statement like the following: The house is 26yrs old the crack is no more then 1/8 of an inch. It does not appear structural. However for your peace of mind you might want to consider bringing in a engineer to verify my findings since horizontial cracks can lead to structural concerns. My first obligation is to my client. I will give them the facts and let them make the decision if purchasing the home still worth it.
I just recently inspected a home with EIFS or Exterior Insulation Finishing system siding. Most people know it as synthetic stucco. The owner disclosed that the system has already been replaced and the house was no more then 14 yrs old. While doing my inspection I can across some unfamilar drip marks or bleeding under a window. I am not sure if it is insect related or it has something to do with the siding itself. This is the whole point of this post. I made a call to a certified EIFS inspector to take a look a the pictures I had taken that day to determine what I had found. If you are buying a home, selling a home or do home inspections for a living. If you ever come across this type of siding i highly recommend you hire a certified inspector who specializes in these types of inspections. If you are selling your home that has EIFS, get the siding inspected and present to potential buyers the report and a moisture free warranty which will put there minds at ease.
Central Air-Conditioning System
by Nick Gromicko and Rob London
A building's central air-conditioning system must be periodically
inspected and maintained in order to function properly. While an annual
inspection performed by a trained professional is recommended, homeowners can do
a lot of the work themselves by following the tips offered in this
Clean the Exterior Condenser Unit and Components
The exterior condenser unit is the large box
located on the side of the building that is designed to push heat from the
inside of the building to the outdoors. Inside of the box are coils of pipe that
are surrounded by thousands of thin metal "fins" that allow the coils more
surface area to exchange heat. Follow these tips when cleaning the exterior
condenser unit and its inner components -- after turning off power to the
Remove any leaves, spider webs and other debris from the unit's
exterior. Trim foliage back several feet from the unit to ensure proper air
Remove the cover grille to clean any debris from the unit's interior.
A garden hose can be helpful for this task.
Straighten any bent fins with a tool called a fin comb.
Add lubricating oil to the motor. Check your owner’s manual for
Clean the evaporator coil and condenser coil at least once a year.
When they collect dirt, they may not function
Inspect the Condensate Drain Line
Condensate drain lines collect condensed water
and drain it away from the unit. They are located on the side of the inside fan
unit. Sometimes there are two drain lines—a primary drain line that’s built into
the unit, and a secondary drain line that can drain if the first line becomes
blocked. Homeowners can inspect the drain line by using the following tips,
which take very little time and require no specialized
Clean the Air Filter
Air filters remove pollen, dust and other
particles that would otherwise
circulate indoors. Most filters are typically
rectangular in shape and
about 20 inches by 16 inches, and about 1 inch thick.
They slide into the
main ductwork near the inside fan unit. The filter should be
washed or replaced, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. A
air filter will not only degrade indoor air quality, but it will also
strain the motor to work harder to move air through it, increasing energy costs
and reducing energy efficiency. The filter should be replaced monthly
heavy use during the cooling seasons. You may need to change the
often if the air conditioner is in constant use, if building
respiratory problems,if you have pets with fur, or if dusty
Cover the Exterior
When the cooling season is
over, you should
cover the exterior condenser unit in preparation for
winter. If it isn’t being
used, why expose it to the elements? This measure
will prevent ice, leaves and
dirt from entering the unit, which can harm
components and require additional
maintenance in the spring. A cover can be
purchased, or you can make one
yourself by taping together plastic trash
bags. Be sure to turn the unit off
before covering it.
Close the Air-Distribution
registers are duct openings in
ceilings, walls and floors where cold air
enters the room. They should be closed
after the cooling season ends in
order to keep warm air from back-flowing out of
the room during the warming
season. Pests and dust will also be unable to enter
the ducts during the
winter if the registers are closed. These vents typically
can be opened or
closed with an adjacent lever or wheel. Remember to open the
the spring before the cooling season starts. Also, make sure they
blocked by drapes, carpeting or
In addition, homeowners should
following strategies in order to keep their central air
In summary, any homeowner can perform periodic
inspections and maintenance
to their home's central air-conditioning system.
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My wife and I went on a little open house tour yesterday, mostly
just for fun… but who knows in a year or 2 we could get the itch to
I mention the last part because it’s important. Most of y’all
reading this already know that the chances of a hot buyer walking into your open
house and making an offer on that very property are highly unlikely. Yet, for
the most part, you keep doing open houses anyway, opening and closing doors for
short term tire kickers who could be lots of serious long term
Take yesterday for example. We went to 4 open houses. I chit
chatted with agents at each open house. But 0…. 0, 0, 0, 0 did anything to
implore us to provide an email address so that they could follow up and start
to build a relationship with us. Sure, they had “open house registration”
sheets… but of course we promptly ignored them, because after all, no one
instructed us to sign or gave us a good reason for doing so…
At the 4th property, as we walked out the agent asked us what we
thought of the property. My wife said: “We really really liked
agent’s response… “Oh well great, well.. feel free to call me
that was it!
got about halfway to the car and I told Michelle I just had to run back and try
to help the guy out… she gave me exactly 2 minutes to have my fun. (and believe
me, she would have pulled off if I spent a second over 2 minutes
So I ran back up, and gave a short-winded “What the heck Man. Why
didn’t you try to get my email address. Why didn’t you offer to send us other
properties like this one. Or tease us about a juicy deal you know about that
just came back on the market. Or offer up your awesome report about why now is a
strangely weird, but potentially awesome time to buy a home? What the
Well that’s not exactly how it went, but that’s what I tried to
impart… and as I left, I literally forced my email address on the guy and
encouraged him to spam me.
Raiding your clients Fridge and Taking A Nap between Visitors is
So here’s the thing. (I know this is fundamental stuff, but it’s
easy to forget the fundamentals, right?) Your open houses don’t have to be such
a ridiculous waste of time… at the very least you can use them as LIST BUILDING
Yep… LIST BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES. Meaning, you can actually use
your open houses to collect the email addresses of people who may or may not be
interested in doing business with you sometime in the next
Of course this
implies that you’ll actually make an effort to (dare I say it) “Sell” the idea
to your open house visitors. And of course if you’re going to build a list of
prospects, you’ll also want to follow up and incubate them through your sales
Foreclosure Inspections: Trust Your
So, you want to buy a house cheap, and you look
to the foreclosure market. Considering the over-abundance of these properties
and just how little many of them are going for, it’s tempting to jump on the
bandwagon and buy up. And it may pay off as a long-term investment. But, like
any other major purchase, you should know as much as you can about a property
before you buy it, which is why home inspections, performed by Inspector Protector Home Inspection
Services is necessary.
Unfortunately, many real estate agents, who
don’t like bargaining with banks, are advising clients that home inspections are
of no value as a bargaining tool, since banks don’t negotiate on “as is”
properties. As an added disincentive, banks selling properties “as is” have no
legal responsibility for any lurking defects. While the agent's advice to forgo
an inspection as a means to negotiate on the price may be logical, it is
startlingly counter-intuitive, and possibly even negligent. Would you buy a car
without knowing whether it has a transmission? The same premise holds true for a
house, regardless of whether you intend to live in it, or fix it and flip it.
The Realtor may be trying to salvage a deal that could possibly be scrapped if
an inspector uncovers damage that the bank is unwilling to pay for, and you, as
the buyer, have to realize that the agent's advice is not in your best interest.
In this case, they’re putting you at risk in order to ensure they get their
Any Realtor advising against an inspection on a
foreclosure (or neglecting to recommend that one be performed) is ignoring the
likelihood that, long before the previous owners stopped making mortgage
payments, they deferred required maintenance tasks. Moisture intrusion leading
to leaks and mold are just a few of the major problems commonly found by
inspectors in foreclosed properties. Tales abound of bizarre discoveries in
abandoned properties, from wild boars to colossal bees nests. Former owners may
loot their own properties, taking with them anything they can pry up or unscrew,
and leave behind trash and junk that you have to pay for to have removed.
Inspector Protector Home Inspection
Services is so thorough with their home inspections,
they promise you will not be stuck buy a money
You should always get a home inspection before
buying a property, especially when you’re buying a bank-owned foreclosure. In
such cases, it may be impossible to find out how well the home was cared for, or
whether major damage was done right before the past owners left the property.
Ask the bank how much time you have after your initial offer to have an
inspection performed, and schedule one immediately. If it goes well, you’ll
enter into the deal with peace of mind and a better idea of what repairs you’ll
have to deal with. That alone is worth the price of an inspection. If the
inspection reveals a costly disaster, you can back out of the deal and save tens
or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
When searching the web for a home inspector in NJ, I believe most people are
accually looking for a price or to find out the cost of a home inspection. The
thing is, it is hard for a home inspector post their prices on a website.
He/she has never seen the house that needs inspecting or were the house is
located. There are many variables involved to give a pin point price or cost.
There are several companies that do advertise their prices. However, be
cautious. I have heard stories of home inspectors showing up at the inspection
and demand more money because some one fill out a form on is website to book an
inspection. Once he arrived at the property he realized that it is going to
take longer or the house is old and old houses need more attention during the
inspection processes. To me that would leave a bad taste in my mouth if I
thought I was paying one price only to find out it will cost me more.
Searching the web is a good place to start and if you find a home inspector
that you are thinking of hiring. Give them a call first and interview him or
her. give them every detail of the home so they can give you a fair price.
Feed your mind with a consistently positive
diet…buy uplifting, motivational and educational CDs for your drive time…create
a University on Wheels. Download free podcasts of favorite leaders and
speakers. Also, go on a TV News
diet…consume less news on a daily basis.
Most of it is negative, sensational, and meant to prey off your fears.
KEEP AND EXPAND WHAT YOU
Visit with the Top 20% of your clients this month to see how they
are doing, how you could better serve them, what their goals are, and what other
unmet service needs they may have. Focus on client retention and
MAINTAIN A MARKETING
Never forget the business you are really in…the
business of MARKETING. Don’t think
like a technician, think and act like a marketer.
If you are going to be an expert in anything, make it marketing. Marketing should be the highest priority
for any owner and business. It’s
your lifeblood and it’s simply educating others on why it’s in their best
interest to do or continue to do business with you. Make your marketing an
on-going, systematic, educational process.
REMEMBER IT’S A CONTACT
Business is all about building trust and
establishing relationships. You
can’t fully achieve that dynamic without sufficient marketing and face-to-face
interaction. Consider focusing 60% of your time on marketing, sales and
promotion; 35% on client fulfillment; and only 5% on administration.
Get out of the office and go see your clients, prospects and referral
sources. Set a goal to meet with
10 people a week. Go make
FACE YOUR MENTAL DEMONS
Be totally honest with yourself and determine the Top 3 Limiting
Beliefs/Excuses holding you back from greater success, happiness and fulfillment
…and then share those with someone (coach, peer, partner, etc.) to help you slay
them. To achieve your desired
outcomes, you must first win the inner game (proper mindset, supporting daily
thoughts, empowering beliefs, positive stories, etc.).
You must conquer self and conquer your mental demons.
BELIEVE TO ACHIEVE
Believe in yourself as a worthy person and business owner.
Believe in the service you provide your clients and the actual benefits they
receive doing business with you.
WALK THE TALK
Take time to slow down, face reality, and
reflect. Is your walk matching your talk?
If you say your number one priority is customer service, how often are
you talking with your customers?
If it's employee retention, what are you doing to ensure they have all
the tools and training to be effective and happy employees.
Don't just talk it, walk it!
ADD MORE ACCOUNTABILITY
Put more accountability in your life and
business…Surround yourself with a few highly positive influencers who will
challenge you and keep you accountable.
They will not allow you to make excuses or succumb to your limiting
GET SALES HELP
Nothing happens until someone sells
something! Improve this vital skill
in all levels of your business. Enroll in sales training/coaching to improve
your sales confidence, capabilities, sales process metrics, and your overall
sales effectiveness. The
bottom-line impact on your business can be
OWN YOUR RESULTS
Take full responsibility for ALL your results…no excuses or
blaming. Own your results so you
don’t give your power away to others or to circumstances, chose to be a victor,
not a victim.
May you prosper greatly!
How to protect your greatest asset - your home - from subterranean
(njhomeinspector4u) - When it comes to protecting your home's value, you have no control over some of the factors that influence real estate values, like nearby retail
development or the job market in your area. You can, however, take control over one major factor in your home's value, its health and the health of your neighborhood - termites.
Termites cause more than $2 billion in damage every year to homes in the United States, and statistics show that's likely more damage than what fire, storms or earthquakes cause.Subterranean termites are unlike many other problematic insects or rodents in that they forage for food 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They feed on wood and cellulose products, which are part of your home's construction.
Termites live in colonies underground or above ground in moist areas, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). Each colony can contain up to 2 million termites - meaning your home could have several million termites living around the foundation and they are constantly seeking a food source.
It is important to be able to spot the signs of a termite infestation by looking around your home. Termites typically create what are called mud tubes and together they travel through these tubes in search of new food sources. Look for these mud tubes along your home's exterior. Keep in mind that termites are very small in size - from 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch - so they can travel through
small non-cellulose cracks in your home, such as through your foundation.
The NPMA offers several tips to help you reduce the possibility of a termite infestation. These include lowering the humidity in crawl spaces or other areas with reduced ventilation to eliminate a moist atmosphere - the kind that termites seek out. Also, it is very important to keep wood or scraps of lumber away from your home. Never pile firewood against your home; that's a sound food source for Subterranean termites. By putting lumber against your foundation or wall, you're in essence inviting termites to feed right next to your home.
TheTermite Colony Elimination System provides a tough, environmentally responsible solution for protection against termites. The system features stations that are strategically placed eight to 10 feet around the perimeter of your home. Bait in each station is highly desirable to termites, so worker termites who are responsible for feeding the colony will feed upon it and bring it back to the colony. Once other termites feed upon it they will start to die off, but even if they don't feed on it the worker termites already have and once they die off, so does the colony's food source. Soon the termite colony will be eliminated.
This a video of a radon kit. Every home that is sold or bought should have a radon test performed. Radon Gas is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in non-smokers. ever home should have a test performed. you can schedule a radon test with Inspector Protector Home Inspection Serives. Log on to www.njhomeinspector4u.com a test usually cost around 75.00. Our company is licensed by the Staeof NJ to test for radon.