Buying a home is an expensive proposition, and most people understandably try to save on costs however they can. But especially if you’re buying an “as is” house in order to pour your own sweat equity into making it a home (or even just to flip it), it’s no time to skimp on the home inspection. Read our latest article by InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen and Founder Nick Gromicko to find out why: Why Get a Home Inspection If You’re Buying “As Is”? (Inspectors: Post this article on your website!)
Inspectors provide a service, but their product is their report. How good is yours? The best reports are simple but packed with information. Read “Inspection Reports: Engage Your Five Senses” to find out how to use observational details in your reports.
When writing up your inspection reports, many inspectors are divided between using past or present tense, but Nick and Ben discuss why it’s legally better to stick to past tense. Read “Inspection Reports: Past or Present Tense?”
Aluminum wiring is a problem in many homes, especially those that were constructed between 1965 and 1973, a period in which aluminum was cheaper than copper and not known to be a poor choice as an electrical conductor. Aluminum wiring isn’t always defective, in fact, it can be acceptable if properly maintained. The problem is that due to inherent weaknesses in the metal, it will become defective faster than copper. To find out the ways in which aluminum wiring can become defective, how to identify it and some methods of correction, check out our new article on aluminum wiring.
- More decks collapse in the summer than in the rest of the year combined.
- Almost every deck collapse occurred while the decks were occupied or under a heavy snow load.
- There is no correlation between deck failure and whether the deck was built with or without a building permit.
- There is no correlation between deck failure and whether the deck was built by a homeowner or a professional contractor.
- There is a slight correlation between deck failure and the age of the deck.
- About 90% of deck collapses occurred as a result of the separation of the house and the deck ledger board, allowing the deck to swing away from the house. It is very rare for deck floor joists to break mid-span.
- Many more injuries are the result of rail failure, rather than complete deck collapse.
- Deck stairs are notorious for lacking graspable handrails.
- Many do-it-yourself homeowners, and even contractors, don’t believe that rail infill spacing codes apply to decks.