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  1. It's a rental, just move to a new place that does not have issues. Why waste your time and energy and someone else's problem.
  2. Looking to see if anyone out there has made the switch to Spectora inspection software.
  3. These types of "pre charged" DIY mini splits can be problematic. I would have an HVAC contractor check it out and make sure refrigerant is fully charged and up to specs.
  4. Typically you caulk joints between trim. You do not caulk the butt joints in siding, joint flashings are required at butt joints. The joint flashings can be metal or poly material such as "Bear Skin" flashing sheets. See attached document for more info. hardieplank-hz5-us-en.pdf
  5. I call it out as having the possibility of containing asbestos. The reason it may contain asbestos is that the majority of vermiculate insulation in North America came from a mine in Montana and got comingled with asbestos. The following statement was copied and pasted. Vermiculite from the mine near Libby, Montana, is contaminated with tremolite asbestos and other amphibole fibers (winchite and richterite). Asbestos-contaminated Libby vermiculite was used in loose-fill attic insulation that remains in millions of homes in the United States, Canada, and other countries.
  6. I hate to say this but it's horrible, the dark black and white format is a complete turn off. I take it this is a DIY site, I suggest having a professional make you a site if you want to see some benefit from it. I had HomeGauge make my site and I am happy with it, I will be updating/redesigning it later this year. Don't take offence to this as my first websites were horrible and I haven't updated my current site in years.
  7. For a 1000 sq ft house I would ditch the baseboards and install a mini-split heat pump system. This will provide both heating and cooling and will be very energy efficient. Most utility companies have some pretty good rebates on them. Your monthly energy savings will pay for the system.
  8. I like Trane and American Standard, they are the same company. For best price and reliability I would go with Goodman. They are American made, parts are readily available and you can buy online for pretty very fair prices. I replaced my heat pump system last year and bought Goodman. Price for a 3.5 ton 16 seer system including line set cost me $3,450 including tax and delivery. I spent another $1500 for sheet metal work, line set connection and start up by an HVAC contractor. Just realized this is a really old post. 😂
  9. A few years ago I had a property that I declined the inspection. The house was to far gone and had lots of unpermitted additions. Long story short, my client went foreword in buying the property for the building site, I ended up tearing the house down for her.
  10. As a home inspector of 15 years, my advise is to look at other career options.
  11. I have seen some real good reports written with "Word". I just don't see how it can be very efficient. I do around 275 inspections a year and need to keep things as smooth and efficient as possible. I use Home Gauge and gather data onsite with a tablet.
  12. No matter what program you choose, none of report writing programs are ready to use out of the box. They have templates to work with, but most come with poorly written text book sounding comments. Some of the boiler plate comments might be OK but most are not. You will need to build up your template with your own wording for auto comments and descriptions. It's ok to use pre-worked content, just make sure to tweak it to your liking so it sounds like it's coming from you. I have been inspecting homes full time for almost 15 years and can tell you the hardest part is writing a good report that tells the story, is easy to read and understand, and keeps you from getting sued.
  13. No matter what program you choose, none of report writing programs are ready to use out of the box. They have templates to work with, but most come with poorly written text book sounding comments. Some of the boiler plate comments might be OK but most are not. You will need to build up your template with your own wording for auto comments and descriptions. It's ok to use pre-worked content, just make sure to tweak it to your liking so it sounds like it's coming from you. I have been inspecting homes full time for almost 15 years and can tell you the hardest part is writing a good report that tells the story, is easy to read and understand, and keeps you from getting sued.
  14. Personally I am not impressed with either one of those programs.
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