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Home Inspection

If you're preparing to buy a house, a quality home inspection is key. An inspection is usually required for a home purchase. A highly rated home inspector will look at every nook and cranny to gauge structure stability, as well as present and potential dangers. But remember, a home inspection is not a guarantee or a warranty - it may not find everything.

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During a home inspection, what telltale signs can you watch for that the inspector might not see?

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The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring renovators and remodelers to be certified on lead-safe work practices by 2010.

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Finding lenders, real estate agents, home inspectors and other professionals you can trust is an important first step in buying a house.

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It really depends on where you are and the type of work.  In Texas most home inspectors are only trained in general areas of interest and have no detailed knowledge of construction practices.  Some do after having carrerrs in other fields including engineering or as general contractors/home builders.  If you are wondering if a completed job was done in a professional manner appearance wise and have minor concerns an inspector can help you.  If it is more extensive hire professionals from the different fields to inspect the respective work.  Plumber for the plumbing, electrician for electrical, etc.  An experienced GC or inspector can do an initial inspection and advise you whether you should have the concerns further investigated by the trades.  Remember, they can't tell much about what they can't see so framing and insulation concerns will be hard to verify.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX
It's a little unusual to do this except in cases of fixer-upper properties but you should call a local general contractor with experience renovating/remodeling homes in the neighborhood.  They'll know the typical problems with the homes there and what to look out & budget for.  For example, here in San Antonio many of the homes built in the mid-fifties to 60's have lead drains that were not put in properly or were installed in such a way that repairs are not quick or cheap.  Many homes even older have the same drains but seem to be less hassle to repair.  Homes in my neighborhood have a problem with improper supply lines (wrong type of copper) which break due to corrosion.  Just make sure the contractor you hire to go over the property with you has done significant work on homes in the area on similar homes.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
Are the heat pumps commercial or residential units?
Are the heat pumps Package or Split System?
Are there actually 33 PTAC units?
Are you an EPA certified person( refrigerant )?

Here is my suggestion, break it down into manageable portions(ie one heat pump and a few PTAC units every other month) to keep from being overloaded.  
Clean/Replace filters
Check/inspect electrical wiring and connections
Check amperage draw of compressors/motors 
Check capacitance of start and run capacitors
Check contractors/relays for wear/pitting
Check refrigerant levels and record superheated/subcooling
Check external static pressures across air handler(s)
Check deltaT (return and supply air temps) 
Lubricate motors( if applicable)
Inspect Belts/Pulleys( if applicable)
Clean outdoor coils
Clean indoor coils

Start there and HAVE FUN!!! 

Home Inspectors in Ithaca, MI

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American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd


190 Monroe Ave Suite 300
Grand Rapids

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

6125 E. Millbrook Rd.

Crawl Space Remedies / Michigan

7258 Highland Dr

Dandy Education

9255 Passenheim

DJM Home Inspections, LLC

7875 Perry Lake Rd

Dual Design / David W. Jackson

5951 N. Killdeer Dr.

Great Lakes Inspections

4381 Sagatoo Rd

Harms Enterprises

88 W. Houghton Lake Drive

Intensified Wood Restoration

E9819 Old Indiantown Rd

Jess Arquette

7408 Hungerford Lake Dr
Big Rapids


Fort Gratiot

Mike Montini Builder Inc

2736 E Beaverton Rd

MoistureFree Warranty

20227 Railroad St

Patriot Builders

189 North Ridge Street
Port Sanilac


Saint Clair

Safe & Sound Inspections

4145 Gratiot Ave
Fort Gratiot


Mount Pleasant

Stanton Construction

2752 Billbrael Ln
Mount Pleasant



Up North Property Services

105 W. Chisholm St.

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