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  1. 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.
  2. 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 t
  3. 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 t
  4. Personally I am not impressed with either one of those programs.
  5. The breaker is simply over sized for the #10 wire and should be dropped down to 30 amp. Hard to to say on the 50 amp receptacle, possible range receptacle & cord have been installed?
  6. I have seen this many times over the years.
  7. Yes I told them to remove it, however it's the least of the concerns. Place has a substandard post and pier foundation with numerous issues, significant wood rot.
  8. I'm a WA State licensed pest inspector so I am familiar with wood destroying insects and typical conditions. I found this strange coating on wood in crawlspace, not able to determine what it's from, fungi growth? It was real firm when probed. This place is a little cabin located in the blue mountains.
  9. Sounds like a politician talking, I won't mention the name.
  10. If you have an old Windows 7 computer, it's time to upgrade.
  11. For years I used 16 & 24 foot extension ladders. It was killing my knees, was getting tired of crawling in and out of truck bed every time. Now all my ladders fit in my short bed truck, no more strapping to ladder racks for me. For my primary ladder I use a compact 3 section 16 foot extension ladder (Werner). This gets me to majority of roofs. It reduces down to just 6 feet, has a nice carry handle, weighs 26.5 lbs. I have a the same 22 foot Gorilla multi ladder, I rarely have to use it. I am buying drone to do taller roofs and try to avoid using the Gorilla, plan on getting th
  12. I agree it's a concern that should be looked at by an HVAC contractor.
  13. Pop off the door trim so you can can an accurate measurement of the rough opening, check height and width. Old door frames are usually thicker than modern pre-hung door frames.
  14. Here in Washington State the governor has indicated that real estate, home inspections, etc. are essential business. There are new guidelines for agents showing properties, no more than two people in the home at one time. I am not having clients show up at inspections and making sure that no one else is present during inspections. I have online reports, inspection agreements, and billing.
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