Mandatory Point-of-Sale Inspections: Good, Bad or Somewhere in the Middle?

- . A rarer situation is one where a homeowner hires an inspector for a sort of home checkup to see what needs repair. The usual situation is that a buyer hires an inspector to report on the existing condition of a home prior to the sale. With mandated inspections, buyer-funded inspections could become a thing of the past ..More

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5 Benefits of Joining a Home Inspector Association

- Associations usually have local meetings at regular intervals. And then once a year, many of them have a state- or national-level conference that you can attend. ..More

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Pre-Listing Home Inspections Can Help Seal the Deal

- Too many upgrades obliterate any chance at a return on investment at the sale. A pre-listing inspection shows homeowners what’s up. That said, sometimes repairs can support a sale where it might not happen at all. If most of the comps were sold in need of repair, the homeowner can decide on the most effective areas to apply repair and upgrade dollars without pricing the home too high. . In that case, a slight loss on ROI might be worth it just to attract buyers ..More

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Common Defects with Synthetic Stucco

- Authentic stucco has no underlying insulation but does have felt paper, wire mesh, a base coat of Portland cement, or metal lath and a cement layer on top. But the layering order, as well as the types of layers, can vary. . Most synthetic stucco installations consist of sheathing such as plywood, a water-resistant barrier, insulating foam board, a base coat of the stucco material, and then a finish coat of acrylic on top ..More

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Expert Interview Series: Mike Chamberlain of MC2 Home Inspection

- . Other than the reporting software, I do not recommend inspectors playing around with any apps or high tech devices such as thermal imaging as they go beyond the scope of a home inspection as defined by most licensing authorities ..More

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