Home Inspection Nightmares!

Home Inspection Nightmares!

  As a home inspector, I get a chance to see things on a daily basis that will make one think, laugh a little, scratch your head a little, and be amazed quit often! In today’s society, so often home maintenance is an afterthought. Therefor I get to see things that most people do not. Here are a few examples:


Here is some mold found throughout a crawlspace caused my excessive moisture. This can be avoided with proper drainage and a proper vapor barrier.


Termites were so bad that the shelter tubes were hanging from the floor joists like stalactites.


One of the worst cases of improper roofing techniques I have ever seen!



Well, Winnie the Pooh instantly came to mind! One can only imagine the size of the bee hive inside this tree 4 feet from the front door!



Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

 As spring weather is approaching, there are chores around the house that need to be completed on a seasonal basis. With spring comes rain, wind, and storms. Follow this checklist to help keep your home in good working order:

  1. Paint
    Exposed wood siding and trim is susceptible to rot, so look for chipped or cracked paint along the exterior of your home. Scrape off any loose paint, sand the area, prime the bare wood surface, then paint it with a high quality paint.
  2. Trees and Shrubs
    Trim overgrown trees and hedges away from your homes exterior to discourage the growth of mildew and moisture. Do not let branches hang over the roof as this could damaged the shingles.
  3. Lawn and Garden
    Rake up any leaves that can suffocate your grass and stop it from growing. Pull up weeds and dead flowers in the garden and place new mulch.
  4. Power Wash
    Concentrate on removing debris from the driveway, sidewalks, pavers or other outdoor space, and the exterior of your home.
  5. Gutters
    Thoroughly cleaning your gutters every spring and fall will help keep water moving away from the home. Debris can build up and cause damage to your gutters and cause water damage to your roof and soffits.  You will also want to make sure the gutters are extended out away from the foundation of the home.
  6. Sump Pumps                                                                                                                                                                   Make sure your sump pump is in good working order before the spring rains arrive. Be proactive so you do not have a major flood due to a failing sump pump.
  7. Filters                                                                                                                                                                            Change your furnace filter. Make sure to replace your filters on a regular basis. This is also a great time to have your A/C unit cleaned and serviced
  8. Home Inspection                                                                                                                                                              Great time of year to get your home inspected. This will help you determine how your home is operating and find trouble before it causes major damage to the home.

Just like with any home maintenance, make sure to hire a qualified professional if you are unsure about any of these items. New Start Inspections inspector is a Certified Master Inspector. You will be getting the best inspection available. Enjoy the spring weather…..If it ever gets here!



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