Archives for February 2010

Compare Microsoft and GM (humor)

For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection
for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on.

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly
compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,
“If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry
has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon”.

In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:
“If GM had developed technology like Microsoft,
we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics”
( and I just love this part):

MOISTURE IN CONCRETE SLABS POURED ON GRADE IN ARIZONA

You bought a new home, ordered your options and moved in. A year or two go by and you start rearranging the furniture. That’s when you noticed the odor. You lifted the protective mat under your desk chair and the smell made your eyes water or maybe you smelled it when you opened a closet door or an unvented room. Did you order a light colored vinyl flooring for your kitchen but now the floor has a darker color coming through? Maybe it has a gray or green tint, maybe it has a purple or orange hue or maybe it has bubbled or lifted off of the floor. Did your Arizona Home inspector miss something? Did you have an Arizona Home Inspection? Is this something a phoenix home inspector even looks for? NO.

How to hire a home inspector Video

I have been asked a few times lately what should someone should look for in an home inspector, I was also asked if a buyer can trust the home inspector recommendation they got from their real estate agent.

I made the following video with that in mind

FHA May Require a Home Inspection on Flipped houses

Its all over the web that the FHA has waived the 90 rule they recently implemented, however when they made the waiver, they threw in a few items to make sure they didn’t finance a big pile of rubble.

One of those provisions is that if the home sells for 20% more than the seller paid for it, THE LENDER HAS TO ORDER A HOME INSPECTION. Now the lender can charge the borrower for the inspection but that does not change the lender is the one the home inspector is hired by.

What Separates You From Others in Your Industry?

I recently read the Active Rain blog “Do All People Suck?” and it got me thinking, what separates you from the others in your industry?

Some people teach others, some people are great with communication, some take continuing education classes that they can actually benefit from, however there are way too many people that simply do what they have to in order to get by, they take classes they are not interested in simply to meet the requirements. I recently heard a broker telling agents how to take a two hour on line class in 15 minutes. I was appalled.

Is Your Home Inspector Really Certified?

Certified, What does that word really mean anymore? Websters says it is 1 : having earned certification 2: Genuine, Authentic. “Well I believe my home inspector is genuine, they seem authentic.” The question is who says they are certified? Did they take a quick online test and send a check. Did they sit through a […]

Home Inspectors most embarrassing moments.

I have found that people love to hear about others being put in uncomfortable situations, In my years as a home Inspector I have had a few of those. I decided to share the three most popular with you.

COME ON IN

I showed up for an home inspection of a condo in a college area. When I knocked on the door a 20 something female answered the door soaking wet and wearing nothing but a white satin robe. Have you ever seen wet white satin? It is almost transparent!!!

Defective Construction Dispute Resolution

Your new home has cracks in the walls, the roof leaks and the doors and windows don’t close. You call the builder and they rush out only to look at the property and say, “Well your landscaping caused the problem. We will fix the cracks even though we don’t have too because we pride ourselves on customer service.” They perform repairs to the walls and adjust the window and leave. You call your landscaper and he tells you that there is no way the landscaping could have caused the issues since it is just colored rock. Then 6 months later the cracks start showing up again. You think the sky is falling and the builder says it’s not our fault and the battle begins.

Thermal Imaging of Roofs

With all the rains we have been having across the country, roof leaks are not hard to find.
But how should a roof really be repaired. To you simply run to the local hardware store and buy some roof patch? Do you call a roofer and pay them to go on the roof and apply a bucket of mucket? What should a real repair entail?

To answer this question we need to look at what issues are caused by roof leaks.

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