Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nashville Home Inspector-What's Wrong with this Picture 10-28-12?

 


Please see the photo below. You are outside a home looking at the back side of the basement exterior wall. What's wrong?


Dryer Vent Screen
 

HINT: Hangers belong in closets.

ANSWER: Funny thing is it probably does some good. But using a hanger wedged under the vinyl siding to hold a piece of screen over the dryer vent is not in the building code. Or the good idea code. Plus, those little plastic louvered covers are cheap, work much better and pretty much close completely when the air flow stops, keeping most of the bugs out. Little bugs can still get in here. And lint can build up here pretty easily.

To comment or ask questions send email to richard@habitecinspections.com.

Thank you,
Richard Acree
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Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.


Monday, October 22, 2012

What's Wrong Here?

Nashville Home Inspection - What's Wrong With This Picture?

 

Look at the picture below. Do you know what's missing?


Missing Handrail

HINT: Try to get a grasp on things.

ANSWER: It looks nice enough, doesn't it? New paint and all. But let's count the steps. I count 5, when you include the last step up to porch. So what is missing? How about a "graspable handrail"? A graspable handrail is recommended any time the number of step risers is 4 or more. So you might say they have it in the 2x4 handrail on the left, right? Not really. There is a very specific definition of a "graspable handrail". In fact it is so detailed it is best to show you a picture. Please see below.
Graspable Handrail
The International Residential Code (IRC) rules are mostly in place now. The handgrip portion of the graspable handrail shall not be less than 1 1/4 inches or more than 2 inches in cross sectional dimension, or the shape shall provide an eqivalent gripping surface. The handgrip shall have a smooth surface with no sharp corners. Handrails projecting from the wall shall have a space of not less than 1 1/2 inches between the wall and the handrail. The handrail should be continuous and should return to the wall or the rail at the ends.

So the basic idea of a graspable handrail is something you can wrap your fingers around. That is why a 2x4 does not work. Think about the very young and the elderly. On any step system, but certainly on one with steep steps or with uneven step risers, they need a graspable handrail that is firmly mounted to help them up and down.

To comment or ask questions about this article please email richard@habitecinspections.com.

Thank you,
Richard Acree
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

FIRE!!! What is your Emergency Plan for a Fire in Your Home?

 

Look at the pictures below. Recently I inspected a townhome that was inhabited by a family of 5. The three children were about 5, 3 and 1.5 years old. All bedrooms are upstairs in the two story townhouse. Across the street was a terrifying scene shown in the pictures below. A row of 5 townhouses exactly like the one I was inspecting. Obviously a horrific fire had devastated four of the units in the row of townhomes. Reports indicate a propane gas grill may have started the fire. As I looked at the family who lived in the home I was inspecting I wondered if they had a plan in case of a similar situation in their home. This first picture is the front of the complex.
Fire Photo 1
The photo below is of the rear of the complex.
Fire Photo 2
The next picture is a closeup of one of the units. This one appeared to be where the fire started.
Fire Photo 3
All families should have an emergency action plan in case of a disaster like this. Especially those with children in the home.

Thank you,
Richard Acree

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Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.
Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections ActiveRain Blog and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also join HABITEC on Facebook or Linked .

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nashville TN Cat-Like Home Inspector

Do you need to hire a Home Inspector in Nashville Tennessee with cat-like abilities? Check out the photos below. This may be the guy for you!

Cat on a Ladder 1
"I think I can, I think I can!"
Cat on a Ladder 2
"I know I can, I know I can!"
Cat on a Ladder 3
And then he was gone! Luckily I was up on the roof to grab him and send him back down to earth. The REALTOR on the ground took these photos. This all went down, or up, on a recent home inspection near Franklin Tennessee.

Thank you,
Richard Acree
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Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.
Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections ActiveRain Blog and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also join HABITEC on Facebook or Linked .

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Why Nashville Realtors Choose HABITEC

Do you know the Top Reasons for hiring HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC for your next Inspection?

Check out this link to see why clients choose HABITEC: http://habitecinspections.com/Why_HABITEC_.html

Thank you,

Richard Acree
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Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.
Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections ActiveRain Blog and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also join HABITEC on Facebook or Linked .

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

WCAR Welcomes new Board

WCAR Elections  for 2012-2013

Nashville TN Home Inspections - Williamson County Association of Realtors (WCAR) elects 2012-2013 Board of Directors. The 1,500 members voted to elect three new executive officers and five new directors.

The 2012-13 board includes:
Board President: Matt Ligon, Broker, Zeitlin and Company Realtors
President-Elect: Lisa Culp Taylor, Bob Parks Realty, Brentwood
Secretary/Treasurer: Chip Kerr, Broker, Crye-Leike Realtors
Past-President: Melissa Clough, Keller Williams Realty
Director: Andy Brookhover, Benchmark Realty
Director: Vicky Crigger, Broker, Village Real Estate, Franklin
Director: Susan Diebolt, Bob Parks, Real Estate, Franklin
Director: David Logan, Broker, Silverpointe Properties
Director: John Taylor, Zeitlin and Company Realtors
 
Returning Directors Include: Chris Cantrell, Foundation Title; Corbi Parker, Benchmark Realty; Laura Cragon Zeitlin, Crye-Leike Realtors
 
HABITEC Home and Buildings Inspections, LLC, conducting home and commercial buildings inspections throughout Middle TN including Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, wishes these newly elected members success in the coming year.
Thank you,
Richard Acree

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Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.
Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections ActiveRain Blog and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also join HABITEC on Facebook or Linked .