Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nashville Home Inspection - Settlement Issues

Nashville Home Inspection - Settlement Issues

When completing home inspections in the Nashville area, HABITEC Home and Building Inspectors check the service entrance conductors for proper attachment to the exterior meter panel or main panel. Look at the pic below. What's wrong?

HINT: Settling soil can be a powerful force.

ANSWER: Settlement around the foundation can do a lot of damage. In this case, settlement of the soil at the foundation wall has pulled the service conductor conduit down and out of the electrical panel to which it was originally attached. Now the cable is exposed and it should not be. This needs to be fixed. And yes, the open knockout on the right panel should be closed as well.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections Blog and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Nashville Home Inspector - New REALTOR Training - Home Construction

What are new REALTORS taught about home construction? I have been asking around lately and the answer is the same, and its surprising! NOTHING!

Sure, new REALTORS appear to get ample training in legal and financial issues, but what about the basics of how a house is put together? How is a new REALTOR ever going to understand the Home Inspection Report if they do not have the basic understanding of how a house is built?

I suggest all new REALTORS should take an entry level course in the following topics regarding Home Construction and Home Inspections. Emphasis should be on terminology, methods, what is required in a Home Inspection, and what is not required.

Basic Home Inspection Requirements - The purpose of this session is to provide the general requirements of a Home Inspection and what is not required by a Home Inspector. Topics covered include an overview of general systems included in a house, the need for a Contract for the Home Inspection, insurance requirements for Home Inspectors, and the Home Inspection Report.

Exterior Surface and Components - The purpose of this session is to review exterior components of the house to include exterior shell material, windows, doors, drainage, landscape material, driveways, walkways, patios, decks, steps, stoops, porches, electrical connection, and plumbing devices.

Interior Spaces and Components - The purpose is to review interior topics common to all interior spaces such as walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and windows and to discuss topics particular to kitchens, bathroom and laundry rooms such as appliances, sinks, showers, toilets, GFCI electrical, drains and ventilation.

Plumbing Systems and Components - The purpose of this session is to review plumbing issues including supply piping, drain/waste/vent system, leak identification, pipe support, faucets and fixtures, plumbing fixtures and hot water heaters. Issues pertaining specifically to kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are discussed.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; - The purpose of this session is to review the systems used for heating, venting and air conditioning the structure. Session discusses furnaces, air conditioning systems and fireplaces.

Structure and Foundation; Roof and Attic - The purpose of this session is to discuss how the building structure is constructed looking at the building from the foundation up, into the attic and on the roof. Items covered include materials used, construction methods and installation, ventilation, insulation, water management, the exterior roof coverings and the inside of the attic spaces with special attention as to how the attic components make up the roof and attic ventilation.

Electrical Systems - Purpose of the session is to discuss electrical components including panels, conductors, circuit breakers, outlets, switches, lights, and the grounding electrode system.

Environmental Issues - Radon and Mold - These issues are the most significant issues in most Home Inspections. A one hour course to explain what these issues are and how they can be mitigated would be helpful to all REALTORS.

And guess what! HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, offers just such a course. Please see a description on our website at http://habitecinspections.com/EducationMaterial.aspx. The Radon/Mold course is on the shelf for now, but available if needed. This course is approved for Continuing Education for REALTORS licensed in Tennessee, but not for initial training. In fact, there is no requirement for this type of course for new REALTORS. Do you think there should be?

Thank you,

Richard Acree


Aug 12, 2010 Continuing Education Class Complete for Nashville area REALTORS!

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, is pleased to announce the completion of another 6 hour course in Continuing Education for REALTORS licensed in Tennessee! Thursday, August 12, 2010, 29 REALTORS participated in the TREC-approved course for Tennessee Home Inspection. Lunch was served by a local mortgage company and comments after the class indicated that the REALTORS had a good time and learned some new things about Home Inspections!

Information about this course is available on our website at http://habitecinspections.com/EducationMaterial.aspx. References for this particular class include the following:

Susan Diebolt, 497-4344, susan@thedieboltgroup.com
Danielle Hagar, 429-7333, danielle.hagar@crye-leike.com
Sherita Hill, 397-3871, sherita.hill@crye-leike.com
Carol Horan, 370-1303, carolhoran@comcast.net
Annette Hutchinson, annette.hutchinson@crye-leike.com
Billie Lewis, 373-2044, lewisb@crye-leike.com
Martha Sloan, 330-1771, sloanm@crye-leike.com
Mykalynne Taylor, 419-9130, tnhousehunter@gmail.com
Jon Young, 403-8254, jon@thinkyoungrealtors.com

Please contact me or Ron Rittiner at 376-2753 if you would like to schedule this course for your office or organization.

Thank you,

Richard Acree