Nashville Home Inspections – What’s Wrong with this Picture? 12-1-12

Nashville Home Inspections – What’s Wrong With This Picture? 12.1.12

Look at the picture below.  You are in a crawl space looking at the moisture barrier that covers the floor of the crawl space.  What’s wrong?

HINT:  Duct tape really has very little use in home construction.

Duct taped moisture barrier

ANSWER:  Moisture does a real number on duct tape.  Moisture is common in a crawl space.  So using duct tape in the crawl space to hold the moisture barrier to the foundation block wall probably will not last very long.  In fact it probably will take just a few days and it will look like the photo below.

Failed duct tape installation of moisture barrier

Thank you,

Richard Acree

logo

http://habitecinspections.com

HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Clarksville, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.

Nashville Inspector’s Top 10 Discrepancies on Home Inspections

2012 Top 10 Most Common Home Inspection Discrepancies in Nashville

10.  Vegetation encroaching on the house.  Vegetation that encroaches on the home can damage the home, trap moisture against the home, and allow a path for insects, rodents and reptiles to enter the home.  Keep vegetation at least 18” away from the home or components.

9. Window or door trim caulk.  Cracks or gaps in the caulk around door and window trim can allow water to penetrate behind the trim.  This water can deteriorate the trim and the framing near the doors and windows.  Any crack or gap in the trim or caulk should be repaired with new caulk and paint.

8.  Brick veneer stress cracks.  These cracks are most likely located near the corners of doors and windows, or at the down-slope corner of the home.  Brick veneer cracks are frequently an indication of water management failure.  Repair any crack in the brick veneer that exceeds 1/8 inch in width.

7.  Roof penetration boot cracks.  The rubber-like neoprene component of roof penetrations (roof boots) for plumbing vents can crack after about 7 years and cause roof leaks.  Use of caulk is only a temporary repair.  These cracked components need to be replaced.

6.  Condensate drains.  HVAC condensate drains that terminate at the foundation wall can allow significant moisture to accumulate at the foundation wall and possibly enter the crawl space.  Condensate drains should terminate at the exterior of the home, at least 18” from the home, and to terrain that slopes away from the home.

5.  Grading and lot drainage.  The grade of the soil adjacent to the home can allow moisture to flow toward the home and weaken the foundation or enter the crawl space or basement and create an environment conducive to mold.  HABITEC recommends at least a 6” drop in grade over the first 10’ of horizontal space from the home.

4.  Failing roof drainage systems including gutters, downspouts and extensions.  Gutters that are full of debris, rusted or poorly sloped can allow water to overflow and drop to the foundation wall or backflow into the attic or house.  Downspouts that are disconnected from the underground drainage components can allow water to drop at the foundation wall.  Make sure these components are clean and function properly.

3.  Inadequate crawl space moisture barrier.  Some moisture will inevitably make its way to the crawl space.  Having a crawl space moisture barrier of 6 mil plastic covering 100% of graded crawl space soil that slopes to a positive drain will help control moisture that does make its way to the crawl space.

2.  Water in the crawl space. Water in the crawl space can cause either structural failure if allowed to pool at the foundation walls or around the piers, or mold to start growing on the wood components.

1.  Crawl space mold.  Moisture allowed to accumulate inside the crawl space can lead to mold in the crawl space.  Forty percent of the air that enters the home comes from the crawl space.  Mold can be hazardous to your health.  Make every effort to prevent moisture accumulation in the crawl space.

Richard Acree

http://habitecinspections.com

Nashville Home Inspector- What’s Wrong with this picture? 11-28-12

Home : Blogs : : HABITEC’s Blog

Look at the picture below.  You are standing in a garage of a residential home looking up at the ceiling of the garage.  What’s wrong?

HINT:  High humidity and cool ductwork can make for a sweaty situation.

DSCI0379 (2)

ANSWER:  Sweaty indeed.  In this case the ductwork in the garage was installed right over where the cars parked.  So guess what happened during the hot steamy months of summer.  Condensation.  Lots of it.  Enough that the home owner took matters into their own hands.  Rather than improve the insulation on the ductwork, they just bagged it.  What you are looking at is plastic hung under the ductwork to catch the condensation as it drips off.  Not sure where it went from there, maybe they just let it build up and later evaporate.  Whatever, this installation qualifies for a “non-conventional” grade and a visit from the local HVAC technician.  Surely there is a better way to fix this problem.  Another picture of a similar fix in the same garage is shown below.

DSCI0381 (2)

Thank you,

Richard Acree

logo

http://habitecinspections.com

Home Inspector in Nashville find Gutters that have Gone Mad

Nashville Home Inspections – What’s Wrong With This Picture?  11-4-12

Look at the picture below.  The picture was taken from the top of the roof of a new home, looking down into a valley of sorts.  What’s wrong?  Is that a piece of debris left over from the roofers?  Or is some new type of “gutter guard”?

HINT:  Gutters should be used at the end of the roof, not the middle.

ANSWER:  No, it is not a piece of debris.  It is a piece of gutter installed intentionally toward the end of the valley.  Apparently in an attempt to direct runoff into the gutter/downspout system.  But this is highly irregular, don’t you think?  A closer view is shown below.

So it might work, sort of.  But what if a little more debris collects there?  And how much water can it handle?  And how did it pass the municipal inspection?  Remember, it’s a new roof!  And how is it held in place there?

Thank you,

Richard Acree

logo

http://habitecinspections.com

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.

Home About HABITEC Home Inspections Commercial Building Inspections Environmental Services Public-Guest Speaker Meet Your Inspectors Residential REALTORS Education Material Service Providers Sample Reports References Contact Us Articles FacebookLinked ActiveRain Blog Blogger WordPress FAQ Payment and Fees Thank You

Nashville Home Inspector – What’s Wrong with this Picture 10-29-12?

Please look at the photo below.  I found this on a roof at a plumbing vent penetration.  What’s wrong?

HINT:  Do-It-Yourselfers love duct tape.

ANSWER:  The neoprene composite boot for residential plumbing vent penetrations is good for only 7-8 years before they start to crack due to the effects of sun and rain.  There is a cheap fix available at most home supply stores that is a boot sleeve that simply slips down on top of the damaged boot.  You cannot see the damaged boot in the photo above because a do-it-yourselfer solved the problem with some duct tape.  At least they used black duct tape so it looks like the composite boot.  But soon this amateur repair will fail also because tape does poorly in sun and rain as well.  And speaking of failing, when we see this installation, we make a note to check below this area in the attic to see if there is evidence of water intrusion.  After all, most folks would not make this effort with the tape unless there was an event that drew their attention, right?  Look at the photo below to see what we found in the attic below this taped repair.

That is a bucket strategically placed below these vent pipes.  Unfortunately there was nothing on the disclosure statement about previous water leaks.

To comment or ask questions send email to richard@habitecinspections.com.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

logo

http://habitecinspections.com

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.

Home About HABITEC Home Inspections Commercial Building Inspections Environmental Services Public-Guest Speaker Meet Your Inspectors Residential REALTORS Education Material Service Providers Sample Reports References Contact Us Articles FacebookLinked ActiveRain Blog Blogger WordPress FAQ Payment and Fees Thank You Facebook  LinkedIn  ActiveRain Blog  Blogger  WordPress Thank You

Nashville Home Inspector – Dryer Vent – What’s Wrong with this Picture 10-28-12?

Nashville Home Inspection – What’s Wrong With This Picture?  10-28-2012

Please see the photo below.  You are outside a home looking at the back side of the basement exterior wall.  What’s wrong?

HINT:  Hangers belong in closets.

ANSWER:  Funny thing is it probably does some good.  But using a hanger wedged under the vinyl siding to hold a piece of screen over the dryer vent is not in the building code.  Or the good idea code.  Plus, those little plastic louvered covers are cheap, work much better and pretty much close completely when the air flow stops, keeping most of the bugs out.  Little bugs can still get in here.  And lint can build up here pretty easily.

To comment or ask questions about this article please send email to richard@habitecinspections.com.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

logo

http://habitecinspections.com

Get a Grip, Nashville!

Nashville Home Inspection – What’s Wrong With This Picture?  10-19-12

Look at the picture below.  Do you know what’s missing?

missing handrail

HINT:  Try to get a grasp on things.

ANSWER:  It looks nice enough, doesn’t it?  New paint and all.  But let’s count the steps.  I count 5, when you include the last step up to porch.  So what is missing?  How about a “graspable handrail”?  A graspable handrail is recommended any time the number of step risers is 4 or more.  So you might say they have it in the 2×4 handrail on the left, right?  Not really.  There is a very specific definition of a “graspable handrail”.  In fact it is so detailed it is best to show you a picture.  Please see below.

The International Residential Code (IRC) rules are mostly in place now.  The handgrip portion of the graspable handrail shall not be less than 1 1/4  inches or more than 2 inches in cross sectional dimension, or the shape shall provide an equivalent gripping surface.  The handgrip shall have a smooth surface with no sharp corners.  Handrails projecting from the wall shall have a space of not less than 1 1/2 inches between the wall and the handrail.  The handrail should be continuous and should return to the wall or the rail at the ends.  So the basic idea of a graspable handrail is something you can wrap your fingers around.  That is why a 2×4 does not work.  Think about the very young and the elderly.  On any step system, but certainly on one with steep steps or with uneven step risers, they need a graspable handrail that is firmly mounted to help them up and down.

To comment or ask questions about this article please email richard@habitecinspections.com.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

logo

http://habitecinspections.com

FIRE!! Do you have an Emergency Action Plan for a Fire in Your Home

FIRE!!  Do you have an Emergency Action Plan for a Fire in Your Home?

Look at the pictures below.  Recently I inspected a townhome that was inhabited by a family of 5.  The three children were about 5, 3 and 1.5 years old.  All bedrooms are upstairs in the two story townhouse.  Across the street was a terrifying scene shown in the pictures below.  A row of 5 townhouses exactly like the one I was inspecting.  Obviously a horrific fire had devastated four of the units in the row of townhomes.  Reports indicate a propane gas grill may have started the fire.  As I looked at the family who lived in the home I was inspecting I wondered if they had a plan in case of a similar situation in their home.  This first picture is the front of the complex.

The photo below is of the rear of the complex.

The next picture is a closeup of one of the units.  This one appeared to be where the fire started.

All families should have an emergency action plan in case of a disaster like this.  Especially those with children in the home.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

logo

http://habitecinspections.com

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections ActiveRain Blog and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also join HABITEC on Facebook or Linked .

Home About HABITEC Home Inspections Commercial Building Inspections Environmental Services Public-Guest Speaker Meet Your Inspectors Residential REALTORS Education Material Service Providers Sample Reports References Contact Us Articles FacebookLinked ActiveRain Blog Blogger WordPress FAQ Payment and Fees Thank You

A Nashville TN Cat-Like Home Inspector

Cat-Like Home Inspector in Nashville Tennessee

Do you need to hire a Home Inspector in Nashville Tennessee with cat-like abilities?  Check out the photos below.  This may be the guy for you!

“I think I can, I think I can!”

“I know I can, I know I can!”

And then he was gone!  Luckily I was up on the roof to grab him and send him back down to earth.  The REALTOR on the ground took these photos.  This all went down, or up, on a recent home inspection near Franklin Tennessee.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

http://habitecinspections.com

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections ActiveRain Blog and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also join HABITEC on Facebook or Linked .

Do you know the Top Reasons for Hiring HABITEC?

Do you know the Top Reasons for hiring HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC for your next Inspection?

Check out this link to see why clients choose HABITEC:  http://habitecinspections.com/Why_HABITEC_.html

Nashville Home Inspector

Nashville Home Inspector – What’s Wrong With This Picture?    9/17/2012     (edit/delete)

Nashville Home Inspector – What’s Wrong With This Picture?

HINT:  Why is there a bucket under that pipe?

ANSWER:  Something is leaking!  It should not be there, unless of course it is needed.  So what can be the source of the leak.  Well, that white pipe looks suspicious doesn’t it?  So, to fill in the missing pieces, you are standing in an attic looking down at the attic floor.  That white pipe is a plumbing vent pipe.  The kind that goes up through the roof and sticks out the top of the home.  Almost every home has them.  But whenever you poke a hole in the roof, you have to take measures to prevent leaks.  For these type of vents, a roof boot is used to surround the pipe as it goes through the roof.  See the picture below of this pipe as it goes through this roof.  What’s wrong?

ANSWER:  The crack is what is wrong and the crack is why there is a bucket in the attic.  This cracked roof boot is allowing water to penetrate into the attic and onto the ceiling below the attic, at least it was until they put the bucket up there.  This is not what we have in mind when we talk about a bucket list.  A better solution is simply to have another roof boot installed.  That rubber-like neoprene component is only good for about 7-8 years before it starts to crack.  Another quicker fix is to have a boot overlay installed, which is a similar device that simply slides down over the cracked boot.  Works good and lasts about as long as the new boot.  Either way, something new on the roof is a better solution than a bucket in the attic!

Thank you,

Richard Acree

http://habitecinspections.com

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of the Active Rain Real Estate network, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections ActiveRain Blog and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also join HABITEC on Facebook or Linked .

HABITEC Completes another Continuing Education Course for REALTORS licensed in Tennessee!

HABITEC is pleased to announce completion of another successful 6 hour Continuing Education course for REALTORS licensed in Tennessee.  On December 7, 2011, REALTORS attended the TREC-approved Tennessee Home Inspection course presented by Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC,  at the Brentwood Library in Brentwood, TN.  The following realtors have graciously offered their names as references for this course.

Nina Stern, Benchmark Realty, 202-0363, NStern@hotmail.com
Elaine Finucane, Fridrich and Clark Realty, 300-5093, finucanee@realtracs.com
Maureen Johnson, Main Street Realty, 419-7216, maureen01@comcast.net
Walter Rudd, Legacy Realty, 351-6795, ruddw@realtracs.com
Gretchen Jolly, Century 21 Premier, 519-0986, GretchenJolly@bellsouth.net
Ann Mann, ReMaxElite, 305-3716, annscasa@yahoo.com
Nancy Heap, Main Street Realty, 479-4322, nheap@comcast.net
Tom Heard, Main Street Realty, 646-7744, ThomasHE@realtracs.com

The next class at the Brentwood Library is scheduled for January 25, 2012.  Please contact HABITEC at 615-376-2753 to register for this class.  Information about the class is available on the HABITEC website at http://habitecinspections.com/EducationMaterial.aspx

Thank you,

Richard Acree

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC,  and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings.  HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill, Lebanon, Gallatin and more!  In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis.  Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753. 

Richard Acree is the author of  the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress, and Blogger, and Founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors.  All are welcome to join and comment on those blogs and group.   You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook and Richard on LinkedThank you!

Nashville Home Inspector – Electrical Installation – 7.27.11

Nashville Home Inspector – Electrical Wiring – What’s Wrong With This Picture? 7.27.11

HINT:  Orange extension cords are a red flag during a Home Inspection.

ANSWER:  HABITEC does not recommend the use of an extension cord as permanent wiring.  These cords usually come with plug attachments at both ends but sometimes people cut those off and use the cord for permanent wiring.  This is a fire waiting to happen for two reasons.  Not only has this homeowner used the improper material as an electrical conductor, they have also not installed the conductor into the metal junction box correctly.  You can see where the cord simply goes through the open knockout hole in the side of the box without any protection from the sharp edge of the hole.  This installation should have a composite grommet, or strain relief, to protect the electrical cable (not a cord) from the sharp edges of the metal box and also to protect the connection of the wires from pulling apart inside the box.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC,  and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings.  HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill, Lebanon, Gallatin and more!  In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis.  Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753. 

Richard Acree is the author of  the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress, and Blogger, and Founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors.  All are welcome to join and comment on those blogs and group.   You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook and Richard on Linked.  Thank you!

Nashville Home Inspector – What’s Wrong With this Picture? 5.23.11

Nashville Home Inspector – What’s Wrong With This Picture?

HINT:  Water is real heavy!

Dropped Insulation

ANSWER:  Very interesting what happened here.  What is laying on the ground in this crawl space is styrofoam insulation board that was at one time glued to the crawl space foundation wall.  The glue is the brown lines of material on the walls.  Look at the bottom of the wall and you can see the stain from the high water mark on the foundation wall.  So the water got so high the styrofoam board got wet.  The weight of the wet board was too much for the old glue and the board was pulled off the wall.  So clearly, the high water is the main problem.  Need to fix that before worrying too much about re-mounting the board. 

Thank you,

Richard Acree

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC,  and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings.  HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill, Lebanon, Gallatin and more!  In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis.  Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753. 

Richard Acree is the author of  the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress, and Blogger, and Founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors.  All are welcome to join and comment on those blogs and group.   You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook and Richard on Linked.  Thank you!

GNAR Announces Winners of Achievement Awards for 2010

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS (GNAR) has announced Achievement Awards for 2010. 

Hagan Stone was selected as REALTOR of the YEAR for 2010.  Hagan is an active residential REALTOR at Pilkerton Realty in Nashville, TN.  Hagan is currently a Vice President at GNAR and has served on the GNAR Board of Directors since 2009.

Terry DeSelms of ReMax Elite was recognized as the Top Team for Listing and Selling.

Joe Petno of Exit Realty 1st Choice was recognized as both the Top Individual Listing Agent and Top Individual Selling Agent.

Diamond Award Recipients:  Dana Battaglia, FCPA; Laura Baugh, Worth Properties; Terry DeSelms, The DeSelms Team; Joe Petno, Exit Realty 1st Choice.

Platinum Award Recipients:  Newell Anderson, Village Real Estate Services; Jodie Barringer, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Richard Bryan, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Allen Huggins, BrokerSouthReal Estate Partners; Ted Pins, Village Real Estate Services.

Sapphire Award Recipients:  John Brittle Jr., Village Real Estate Services; Kendra Cooke, Bob Parks Realty; Denise Cummins, Zeitlin and Company, REALTORS; Starling Davis, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Jenkins Hardin, Pilkerton REALTORS; Beth Molteni, Worth Properties; Mary Beth Thomas, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Trish Woolwine, Fridrich and Clark Realty.

Gold Award Recipients:  Andy Allen, Village Real Estate Services; Lydia Armistead, Freeman Webb Company, REALTORS; Diane Barbee, Coldwell Banker Barnes; Missy Chandler, Parker Peery Properties; Deborah Dawson, Coldwell Banker Barnes; Sharon Lillicrap, American Heritage, Inc.; Jay Lowenthal, Zeitlin and Company, REALTORs; Mike McKee, Adex!Homesellers; Tammy Nauman, Century 21 Premier; Brian Copeland, Village Real Estate Services; John Brackeen, ReMax Choice Properties; Alicia Griffith, The Wilson Group; Suzi Minor, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Stephen Meadows, Crye-Leike, Inc., REALTORS.

Silver Award Recipient:  Marilyn Denney Blankenship, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Vernice Bryan, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Julie Casassa, Zeitlin and Company, REALTORS; Cindy Evans, ReMax Choice Properties; John Fairhead, Village Real Estate Properties; Betty Finucane, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Tom Fussell, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Peggy Horne, Chris Dotson and Associates; Mary Elcan May, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Anne McGugin, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Marcie Nash, Zeitlin and Company, REALTORs; Angela Pickney O’Neil, The Wilson Group; Mitzi Rager, Century 21 Premier; Sheila Reed, Century 21 Premier; Paul Russell, Century 21 Charlton Realty; Veryln Stewart, Prudential Woodmont Realty Group; Hagan Stone, Pilkerton Realtors; Mandy Wachtler, Pilkerton REALTORS; Alice Walker, The Wilson Group; Bill Bell, Fridrich and Clark; Keri Cannon, Fridrich and Clark Realty; LuAnn Reid, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Missy Rodriguez-Brower, Zeitlin and Company, REALTORS; Donnie Stanley, Pilkerton REALTORS; Cynthia Wyant, Prudential Woodmont Realty Group; Jessica Averbuch, Zeitlin and Company, REALTORS; Jarratt Bell, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Christie Bradley, Fridrich and Clark Realty; Patricia Carroll, Century 21 Premier; Jennifer Claxton, Pilkerton REALTORS; Sam Coleman, Fridrich and Clark, Realty; Kimberly Cunliffe, The Wilson Group; Dawn Franklin, Bob Parks Realty; Yvonne Kelly, Zeitlin and Company, REALTORS; Laura Monin, the Wilson Group; Forrest Moody; Weichert REALTORS, The Andrews Group; Laron Pendergrass, Pilkerton REALTORS; Sean Simons, Zeitlin and Company, REALTORS; Pam Smith, Parker Peery Properties; Grace Clayton, BrokerSouth Real Estate Partners; Courtney Jenrath, Fridrich and Clark REALTORs; Sarah Kilgore, Pilkerton REALTORS; Marc Michaelson, Crye-Leike Inc., REALTORS; Trish Myatt, Benchmark Realty; Pete Prosser, Village Real Estate Services;

Congratulations to all award recipients!

Thank you,

Richard Acree

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC,  and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings.  HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill, Lebanon, Gallatin and more!  In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis.  Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753. 

Richard Acree is the author of  the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress, and Blogger, and Founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors.  All are welcome to join and comment on those blogs and group.   You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook and Richard on Linked.  Thank you!

HABITEC Completes Another Tennessee Home Inspection Course for REALTORS in TN!

HABITEC Completes Another Continuing Education course presentation for REALTORS licensed in Tennessee!!

On February 16, 2011, HABITEC presented the TENNESSEE HOME INSPECTION course at the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association (EMTAR) of REALTORS facility at 2588 North Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN, 37122, from 08:30 AM – 4:00 PM.  The Point of Contact at EMTAR for this class was Cher Dugan, EMTAR Senior Administrative Assistant, DuganC@realtracs.com, 615-758-9851.

HABITEC offers the 6 hour TREC-approved class in Home Inspection topics pertinent to REALTORS.  Topics include Exterior Components, Interior Spaces and Components, Foundations, Roof and Attic, HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing.  These classes are available in a classroom setting with Richard Acree as the Instructor.  The classes are offered as a power point presentation with hundreds of fascinating pictures and interesting perspective offered by Richard.  These classes also give REALTORS a chance to interact with a certified and licensed Home Inspector, ask questions and discuss in general and in detail the issues that come up during a Home Inspection.  

The purpose of this course is to explain the rules of the State of Tennessee, Department of Commerce and Insurance, for Home Inspection procedures, methods and requirements.  The classes will help Realtors understand what the Home Inspector should be looking at and what the Home Inspector should be looking for.  Terminology, methods of inspection, tools and limitations of the Home Inspection processes will be included.  The end result of this course will be to help REALTORS understand the State of Tennessee rules and requirements for Home Inspections and better prepare the REALTOR to discuss the Home Inspection Report with their Client.  The Client will then be able to understand the report and make a better decision regarding the real estate transaction.

REFERENCES:   The following REALTORS attended the Class and have graciously offered to use their name as references for the course.

Kimberly Lamberson-Brown, Broker Headquarters Group, 456-4014, kimberly@brokerheadquarters.com

Sheila Kennedy, Coldwell Banker Barnes, 423-5158, kennedy55158@att.net

Janice Becker, Cottage Realty, 330-7198, janice@thepowerhouseteam.org

Tracy Reed, Cottage Realty, 335-6000, homeswithtracy@gmail.com

Michael Rogers, Cottage Realty, 426-2238, mike@thepowerhouseteam.org

Karen Mitchell, Cottage Realty, 481-0800, karenmitchell@realtracs.com

Debbie Ford, Keller Williams Realty, 305-1603, dford@realtracs.com

Sandra Brown, Crye-Leike Realtors, 818-5016, sandra.brown@crye-leike.com

Tommy Harvey, Crye-Leike Realtors, 210-4445, harveyt@crye-leike.com

Kitty Woodson, Crye-Leike Realtors, 957-3587, kitty.woodson@crye-leike.com

Mindy Ogle, Gatlin Group, Inc., 587-1111, mindy@gatlingroup.com

Jimmy Hagar, Summit Realty, 429-7792, hagarj@realtracs.com

Jim Martin, Sunbelt Real Estate, 597-9824, jmartin@dtccom.net

Ruth Jenkins, Realty Association, 838-8120, rahillis@comcast.net

Heidi Nanto, Reliant Realty, 268-1416, hnanto@yahoo.com

Fred Cope, Reliant Realty, 587-3500, rfredcope@msn.com

Please check the HABITEC website to see when the next class for TENNESSEE HOME INSPECTION is scheduled.

Thank you, 

Richard Acree

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC,  and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings.  HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill, Lebanon, Gallatin and more!  In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis.  Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753. 

Richard Acree is the author of  the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress, and Blogger, and Founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors.  All are welcome to join and comment on those blogs and group.   You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook and Richard on Linked.  Thank you!

US Government Role in Home Financing to be Reduced

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was interviewed this morning on CNBC regarding the revised role of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA in the housing mortgage business.  Geithner indicated the role of the US Government will be reduced relative to what happened leading up to the latest housing debacle.

The pace of this reform will be over the next 5-7 years, a pace that is too slow for some.  Geithner indicates this pace is necessary so as not to destabilize a fragile housing market.  Other analyst on CNBC indicated that this pace is not fast enough.

Components of the reform include a minimum of 10% downpayments and a higher fee for the government backed securities.  Geithner says the process will encourage private sector involvement in the business of mortgage loan guarantees, although the role of the US Government in mortgage backed securities will not go away.  Hopefully this will be a good thing for the housing market going forward.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC,  and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings.  HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill, Lebanon, Gallatin and more!  In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis.  Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753. 

Richard Acree is the author of  the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress, and Blogger, and Founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors.  All are welcome to join and comment on those blogs and group.   You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook and Richard on Linked.  Thank you!

Crawl Space Mold? Who Cares?

CRAWL SPACE MOLD?  WHO CARES?

 
by
 
 
WOW, what a year 2010 has been for crawl space mold in Nashville and Middle Tennessee!  If you live there and especially if you work in the real estate world, you have probably noticed a clear uptick of mold issues in crawl spaces.  But do we really care?  I mean after all no one actually lives down there.  And few people ever go down there.  So who cares if there is mold in the crawl space?  Well, if you have a crawl space, you should care.  Did you know that some experts say that 40% or more of the air that enters the home or building enters from the crawl space!  So if you have mold in the crawl space, soon you will have mold inside the building.
 
At HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, offering environmental services including mold assessments as well as home and commercial building inspections, we have seen an increase in calls about mold in general.  Why do you think that is?  Well, I think it all started with the May 2010 flood.  Those homes and buildings that may have had a mild issue with mold suddenly became very active with mold and then came the ripple effect of mold growth.  Mostly in the form of people getting sick.  And most of that in the form of respiratory distress.
 
Look at the picture below.  What’s wrong?  HINT:  What’s that white stuff on the wood?

ANSWER:  For now we call the white stuff microbial growth, or mold-like material.  Many people quickly call this mold, but without a lab analysis we don’t know for sure.  Samples should be taken and sent for lab analysis.  Only a trained lab technician can make the final determination if a foreign material is mold or not.  To declare a foreign substance is mold based on the senses of sight or smell is a risky business.  See the closeup of the material below.

Clearly something happened here to create this growth.  For mold growth to occur, there must be excess moisture, a source of food (like wood), and a surface to grow on (like wood).  Bingo, we get microbial growth and possibly mold.  Certainly this should be treated seriously and removed if possible. 

If the lab tech declares this mold, the EPA and HABITEC recommends that the mold should be removed (remediated).  If it not practical or possible to remove the mold and the material it is growing on, the mold should be cleaned (mitigated) as much as possible and then the material it is growing on should be treated with a fungicide.  

But first, anytime you have a mold issue, the first thing to do is eliminate the water source.  If you don’t eliminate the water source, the mold issue is likely to return after remediation or mitigation.  See the article Water in the Crawl Space to learn more about water in the crawl space and how to fix it.  Once the water source is eliminated, then you can go after the mold. 

Crawl space mold can show up on the wood joists and beam as shown above, or on the subfloor as shown below.

In the case of the picture above, condensation from the HVAC duct has worked its way onto the subfloor and caused damage and mold growth.

Another mold issue in the crawl space is mold growth on HVAC ductwork, as seen in the picture below. 

Mold on the ductwork is especially troublesome because mold has the ability to migrate inside the insulation through small cracks in the seams or any holes.  If mold gets inside the ductwork, you have the worst case scenario for mold dispersal throughout the building.  Remember, mold growth is possible because of mold spores.  Mold spores are microscopic particles dispersed by mold to facilitate propagation.  Like weeds in bloom.  Once those blooms disperse, more weeds will grow.  And if you put some wind behind this process, like the air from the HVAC blower, the whole building can become compromised.  Worse case scenario!

Thank you,

Richard Acree

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC,  and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings.  HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill, Lebanon, Gallatin and more!  In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis.  Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at http://habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753. 

Richard Acree is the author of  the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress, and Blogger, and Founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors.  All are welcome to join and comment on those blogs and group.   You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook and Richard on Linked.  Thank you!

Nashville Home Inspections – New REALTOR Training – Home Construction

What are new REALTORS taught about home construction?   I have been asking around lately and the answer is the same, and its surprising!   NOTHING!

Sure, new REALTORS appear to get ample training in legal and financial issues, but what about the basics of how a house is put together?   How is a new REALTOR ever going to understand the Home Inspection Report if they do not have the basic understanding of how a house is built?

I suggest all new REALTORS should take an entry level course in the following topics regarding Home Construction and Home Inspections.   Emphasis should be on terminology, methods, what is required in a Home Inspection, and what is not required. 

Basic Home Inspection Requirements – The purpose of this session is to provide the general requirements of a Home Inspection and what is not required by a Home Inspector.   Topics covered include an overview of general systems included in a house, the need for a Contract for the Home Inspection, insurance requirements for Home Inspectors, and the Home Inspection Report. 

Exterior Surface and Components – The purpose of this session is to review exterior components of the house to include exterior shell material, windows, doors, drainage, landscape material, driveways, walkways, patios, decks, steps, stoops, porches, electrical connection, and plumbing devices.

Interior Spaces and Components – The purpose is to review interior topics common to all interior spaces such as walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and windows and to discuss topics particular to kitchens, bathroom and laundry rooms such as appliances, sinks, showers, toilets, GFCI electrical, drains and ventilation. 
   
Plumbing Systems and Components – The purpose of this session is to review plumbing issues including supply piping, drain/waste/vent system, leak identification, pipe support, faucets and fixtures, plumbing fixtures and hot water heaters. Issues pertaining specifically to kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are discussed. 

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; – The purpose of this session is to review the systems used for heating, venting and air conditioning the structure. Session discusses furnaces, air conditioning systems and fireplaces.  

Structure and Foundation; Roof and Attic – The purpose of this session is to discuss how the building structure is constructed looking at the building from the foundation up, into the attic and on the roof. Items covered include materials used, construction methods and installation, ventilation, insulation, water management, the exterior roof coverings and the inside of the attic spaces with special attention as to how the attic components make up the roof and attic ventilation.

Electrical Systems – Purpose of the session is to discuss electrical components including panels, conductors, circuit breakers, outlets, switches, lights, and the grounding electrode system. 

Environmental Issues – Radon and Mold – These issues are the most significant issues in most Home Inspections. A one hour course to explain what these issues are and how they can be mitigated would be helpful to all REALTORS.

And guess what! HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, offers just such a course. Please see a description on our website at http://habitecinspections.com/EducationMaterial.aspx.   The Radon/Mold course is on the shelf for now, but available if needed.   This course is approved for Continuing Education for REALTORS licensed in Tennessee, but not for initial training.  In fact, there is no requirement for this type of course for new REALTORS.   Do you think there should be?

Thank you,

Richard Acree

http://habitecinspections.com

DIY HVAC Gone Mad!

What is wrong with this picture?  For the answer, see my blog at http://activerain.com/blogsview/1571296/what-s-wrong-with-this-picture-3-29-10 .

Thanks,

Richard

http://habitecinspections.com