Showing posts from August, 2019

Should Buyers Attend Their Home Inspection (An Inspector's Perspective)

Should a prospective home buyer attend the home inspection? Let me make it clear that as a home inspector I want my clients to be a part of the inspection process. I think its critical that they have the opportunity to see the property's deficiencies first-hand and to learn about how to maintain their new home. But, should the buyers attend the entire inspection from start to finish and shadow the inspector? I feel there are several reasons this is not a good process, and I can suggest a better way. First, take a minute to understand what is being asked of a home inspector. The expectation is that the inspector will evaluate an entire home and all of its systems in a very short period of time, 2-4 hours in most cases. To do this, the inspector must take scrupulous notes and numerous pictures in order to properly document these conditions and make appropriate recommendations for repairs. In order to accomplish this task an inspector needs to be efficient and focused. Here are se

Buying a home with Knob & Tube Wiring? Here’s what you should know.

Background:  Knob and tube (K & T) wiring is a hot topic in the real estate industry, and a common concern uncovered during a home inspection. K & T wiring derives its name from the use of the porcelain knobs and tubing that were used to secure the wiring and protect it as it passes through building materials. It was commonly installed in U.S. homes through the 1940’s and is still found in many older homes today. Knob & Tube wiring is obsolete, but not inherently dangerous. However, there are concerns and considerations for a prospective buyer of a home that has K & T.    Concerns:   K & T is different than modern Romex wiring in that it  does not have an equipment grounding conductor  (ground wire). The ground wire is used to reduce instances of electrical fire and damage to appliances. This means that receptacles fed by K & T cannot safely serve appliances that require grounding (three-prong plug), such as most refrigerators, window air conditioning uni