Nashville Home Inspector – Exterior Electrical Installation – What’s Wrong With This Picture? 6.11.11

Nashville Home Inspector – Exterior Electrical Installation – What’s Wrong With This Picture?  6.11.11

HINT:  If you can see the romex cable at an exterior installation, it is probably a mistake.

Tapped Exterior Light

 ANSWER:  Actually, two things are wrong.  First, this electrical circuit probably is not designed to handle whatever additional load is place on it by the additional component at the other end of this romex cable.  And it is true, if you can see the romex at an exterior installation, because it is unprotected, then it is probably a mistake, as it is here.  This was an after-thought installation completed by a do-it-yourselfer.   This romex conductor was installed to supply power to another exterior light nearby.   So it is likely no one verified the circuit can handle the additional load and no one made any effort to protect this conductor from mechanical or weather damage. 

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 – Lintel Plate Installation – What’s Wrong with this Picture? 6.25.11

Nashville Home Inspector – Lintel Plate Installation – What’s Wrong With This Picture?  6.25.11

HINT:  Lintel Plates are the metal strip that should be installed across the top of exterior doors and windows.  Lintel plates should extend into the exterior surface above the door and/or window they protect.  Look closely at the lintel plate as it crosses above this door and window installation at a rear porch.

Poor Lintel Plate Installation

ANSWER:  The purpose of a lintel plate is to provide structural support for the exterior surface, in this case brick veneer, above an opening in the shell such as a door and/or window.  Without this support, the weight of the brick veneer would overpower the frame of the window or door and cause the brick veneer to collapse.  Below is a closeup of the lintel plate near the point where the door on the left meets the windows on the right.  Look how the lintel plate has dropped down above the windows.  Why did this happen?

Split Lintel Installation

Lintel plates should extend uninterrupted across the opening in the shell, be it door and/or window.  In fact, the lintel plate should extend beyond the sides of the door or window and into the shell several inches so that the vertical weight load is distributed to the shell beyond the sides of the door or window.  In this case, the lintel plates did extend past the ends of the door and windows.  But, this split in the middle is what caused the problem here.  By not using a continuous plate the loads at the split allowed the vertical loads to overcome the frame of the window and start the collapse of the brick veneer.  Look at the picture below to see that the brick veneer is not only dropping down but also falling out away from the wall.

Collapsed Brick Veneer

In the picture above, the only thing holding the brick veneer above the windows is the wood fascia in front of the brick.  This situation needs repair and will likely require complete re-installation.

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!

Tennessee ranks Number 18 in CNBC Rating for Top States for Business – 2011

Tennessee ranks Number 18 in CNBC rating for Top States for Business in 2011!  [Tennessee is tied with Florida for 2011]

Each year CNBC ranks each state in the United States for their accessibility and business-friendly environment based on a series of metrics including Cost of Doing Business, Workforce, Quality of Life, Transportation and Infrastructure, Economy, Education, Technology & Innovation, Business Friendliness, Access to Capital, and Cost of Living.

For 2011 Tennessee ranked Number 18 overall!  Tennessee ranked Number 2 for Cost of Living, Number 5 for  Infrastructure and Transportation, Number 8 for Business Friendliness, and Number 9 for Workforce.  According to the CNBC rating for 2011, areas that Tennessee can seek to improve include Quality of Life, Economy and Education.

In 2010 Tennessee ranked Number 16 overall and Number 1 in 2010 for Cost of Living, Number 4 for Infrastructure and Transportation, and Number 5 for Workforce.  According to the CNBC rating for 2010, areas that Tennessee can seek to improve include Quality of Life and Education.

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 HABITEC Announces Another Continuing Education Class for REALTORS in TN

HABITEC announces another TREC-approved 6 credit Home Inspection Course for REALTORS in Middle Tennessee

TENNESSEE HOME INSPECTION

September 12, 2011

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS, 311 Butler Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37127

Contact:  Roshawnda Perry-Barlow roshawnda@mtar.org

615-893-2242, 877-893-2242

Please call 615-376-2753 or visit our website at http://habitecinspections.com/EducationMaterial.aspx for details.

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 – Gross Picture Alert – 6.1.11

Nashville Home Inspector – Gross Picture Alert!  Do you know what you are looking at?

HINT:  These guys come out in droves in Nashville every 13 years.

Cicadas

ANSWER:  Dead Cicada bugs!  Hundreds of them!  YUK!  All found laying on the driveway and swept up into this pile.  YUK!  But the birds and fish are really getting fat down here.  YUK!!

Can this affect your home?  Not usually.  Cicadas are not known to do damage to homes or cause unusual circumstances.  But, it would be possible for a large colony like this to impede a vent line such as a plumbing vent or HVAC vent or exhaust.  But this is not a common occurence.

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!

HABITEC Co-Hosts MTAR Panel of Experts on Home and Commercial Building Inspections

Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS Master Mind Panel

Monday, May 23, 2011

 11:30-1:00pm

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, will co-host a presentation at MTAR in order to help MTAR members navigate through some of the issues that may come up during a home or commercial building inspection.  To do this MTAR has put together a Panel of Experts that will address major concerns that your clients may have after the inspection has been completed. There is no CE to attend and this panel will be held at MTAR.  The Panelist will include (in this order):

1.      Premier Home Inspection – Residential Home Inspector

2.      Richard Acree – HABITEC Home & Building Inspections – Commercial Building Inspector

3.      Bob Warren – Structural Engineer

4.      Jim Thomas – Mold Remediation Specialist 

5.      Randy Dickerson – Soil Scientist

6.      Steve Arnold – Certified Professional Builder/Remodeler

PLANNED ITINERARY:

§         11:30 – 12:00pm    Lunch

§         12:00 – 12:30pm   *Each Panelist given a maximum of 5 minutes to introduce themselves       

                                      and their company and talk about ways their company can help clients  

                                      that have concerns about their home or commercial building inspection

§         12:30 – 1:00pm      Moderator will open up floor for questions from attendees

*Home and Commercial Building Inspection Panelist will begin by telling what they look for and maybe give description of some main points to consider after concerns have been found with the residential or commercial property.  All MTAR members are invited to attend.  Please call Roshawnda Perry Barlow, MTAR Education Manager, at 615-893-2242, for reservations.

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 – Poor Roof Installation – What’s Wrong With this Picture?

Nashville Home Inspector – Poor Roof Installation – What’s Wrong With This Picture? 4.16.11

HINT:  Actually there are three things wrong.  One involves metal, one involves wood, and one issue involves proximity.  Please see the picture below for the first issue discussed, the metal issue.

Roof Flashing Discrepancy

ANSWER:  Hopefully the metal issue jumps out at you.  For locators, you are standing on a ladder looking at a 2nd floor corner of a house where the roof joins the brick veneer.  Look at the metal flashing.  Look at the cracks, or gaps, in the flashing caulk as it comes around the corner of the house.  You should be able to see the vertical gaps in the caulk were they have opened up and the flashing has pulled away from the veneer.  This is a water leak waiting to happen.  The next picture is a closeup of this discrepancy.

Closeup of Loose Flashing

But, a more subtle issue also lurks in the photos above.  This issue involves some wood.  See the picture below for another view.  Remember, water flows downhill following the path of least resistance.

Poor Roof Valley Instalaltion

So in the pic above where is the water flowing down the valley on the right going to go?  Looks like it terminates at the piece of vertical wood trim.  So the wood trim acts like a bit of a dam, doesn’t it?  See another closeup of this installation below.

Poor Roof Valley Termination

Sure, eventually the water in the valley comes down and kicks out around the end of the wood trim and valley and goes on down the roof, but was it really necessary to point the valley exactly at this corner of the house.  NO!  A better design would terminate the valley to the right of the corner of the house so the majority of the water runoff does not flow into the wood trim and the side of the house.  This installation combined with the cracked flashing caulk makes a roof leak at this corner likely. 

And the third issue with this installation is proximity.  Most manufacturers of wood or composite siding require at least 1″ spacing between adjacent roof shingles and their siding products.  Failure to provide this spacing can allow water from the roof to wick onto and into the siding material and damage it.  In the pictures above you can see the composite siding and wood trim are all the way down and into contact with the roof shingles.  In fact, if you look close at one picture above, and look up the roof somewhat, you can see where some of the composite siding has already started to be damaged (flaking) due to moisture.  The 1″ spacing would have prevented this.  Another picture of this damage is provided below.

Damaged Siding in Contact with Shingles

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 Tennessee Building Inspector – HABITEC Inspects Retail Services Building – 3.15.11

HABITEC Inspects Retail Services Building

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, is pleased to announce the completion of a Commercial Building Property Condition Assessment of a 5000 square foot single story retail sales building!  This 60 year old building has been renovated and increased in size several times since the original construction.  Currently it is used as a retail sales building and office space.

Retail Services Bldg 

Services contracted by the Client included Field Notes and Photographs, a Mold Assessment, a Radon Test, an Americans with Disabilities Act Tier II Survey, and an Executive Summary.  Richard Acree was the Inspector of Record for this project.  He was assisted by Rick Cozby.

The structure is built primarily of concrete block with brick veneer walls and wood framed flooring and roofing.  The roof is constructed of composite shingle and rolled roofing material.  The electrical system is a combination of 3 phase and single phase electrical service.  The HVAC system is a combination of gas fired split systems and through-the-wall electric heat pumps.  Plumbing is a common system of copper, galvanized, cast iron, and PVC.

HABITEC offers Commercial Building Inspections in Tennessee for Apartment Buildings, Retail Services, Offices, Distribution Centers, Recording Studios, Medical Clinics, Gas Stations, Warehouses, Schools, Day Cares, Clubhouses, and more.  Information about our Building Inspection services is available on our website at http://habitecinspections.com/CommercialInspections.aspx .  Please call us at 615-376-2753 to discuss your needs. 

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 – Question – How Much Water in the Crawl Space is Too Much?

Question:  How much water or moisture in the crawl space is too much?  For instance, is the moisture indicated by the picture below too much?

Mushroom

ANSWER:  Yes!  When the mushrooms start growing in the crawl space, that has to be too much moisture.  I am not aware of any numerical metric to declare a crawl space too wet or not, but this has to be over the limit.  You can also see the very wet condition of the soil, and unfortunately, you can clearly see the wet soil, which should be covered by the moisture barrier.

Surely, despite all our best efforts, some moisture will still make its way into the crawl space.  But there are things we can and should do to minimize the issue.  HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, encourages Clients to take every possible step to prevent moisture from entering a crawl space.  Zero defect water management on the outside is the first step.  An impenetrable moisture barrier on the inside of the crawl space is also a must.  And a functional positive drain to eliminate what gets by the first two efforts is a good backup.

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 – House Fire Caused by Tree Hitting Power Line – 4.11.11

Nashville Home Inspector – House Fire Caused by Tree Hitting a Power Line

Recently it was reported in the linked article above from The Tennessean that a house fire was caused by a tree hitting a power line.  This is a scenario that is all too common yet easily avoided.  Look at the picture below.

Vegetation Encroaches on Power Line

Unfortunately some people think it looks good when vegetation encroaches on power lines or a building.  However, from a Home or Building Inspector’s perspective, there is never a good time for a building or component of a building, like a power line, to share space with vegetation.  Even without the fire, vegetation is a common source of mechanical damage to buildings and components such as power lines.  There are different standards for how far vegetation should be allowed to exist with respect to the building, but there is general agreement that when the vegetation can touch the building, it is too close and should be cut back or removed.  Usually this must be done by a professional.  Home and building owners rarely have the training, equipment or experience to take on a project line the one in the picture above.

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!

Tennessee Building Inspection – What’s Wrong With This Picture? 3.24.11

Nashville Home Inspector – Gas Line Meter Barrier – What’s Wrong With This Picture?

HINT:  I suppose it could stop a small car?!

Gas Line Barrier

ANSWER:  The idea behind a barrier to protect the gas line and meter is to stop most vehicles that might drive up to this setting before they can hit the meter or line.  This might work for a Yugo, but a Suburban or F-150 would probably hit the gas line and meter even before it hits the barrier, especially if backing up.  Or they might even run over the barrier and really paste the meter.  At least move the barrier back away from the gas system another 2 feet or so.  Better yet, install a couple of bollard posts or a raised metal barricade like you see on the freeways.

Please contact Richard at richard@habitecinspections.com should you have any questions.

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 Inspectors – Service Conductors – What’s Wrong With This Picture

Nashville Home Inspector – Service Conductor Intrusion – What’s Wrong With this Picture? 3-22-11

HINT:  Electrical power and vegetation should not share the same space.

Powerful Trees

ANSWER:  It is seldom a good idea that vegetation and power lines share the same space.  This vine grew up from below and seriously encroached on the electrical power mask.  Movement of the vine can damage the insulation on the wires and make electrocution and serious power malfunctions a possibility.  See the insulation that has worn away below.

Damaged Insulation

This should never have been allowed to happen, and getting the vine out of the wires is no easy, or amateur, job.  This is a classic example of deferred maintenance.  Below is a view of how this got started.

vine growth

HABITEC recommends a minimum of 18″ of space between vegetation and any component of a home or building.

Please contact Richard at richard@habitecinspections.com should you have any questions.

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!

Nashville Home Inspector – Vegetation Proximity to Home and Buildings

Proximity of Vegetation To A Building

When HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, conducts Home or Building Inspection in Nashville or Middle Tennessee, inspection of the vegetation at the exterior or the building is one of the components of the inspection.  Vegetation in close proximity to a home or building can have a negative impact on the structure.  The negative impact can include mechanical damage, limited access, mold, structural damage, and infestation from insects, rodents and/or reptiles.  Sometimes the effect of the vegetation is not so subtle, as in the picture below.

 Tree on House

Other times vegetation in close proximity can seem more insignificant, as in the picture below.

  

Often times homeowners can actually prefer vegetation close to or touching the building because they think it gives a quaint setting or special look.  HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, understands the urge to pursue cosmetic appeal but disagrees with the concept of allowing vegetation to be in touch with the building.  In fact, HABITEC recommends at least 18″ spacing between any vegetation and the exterior of the building, and that trees not be allowed to overhang the building.  I’ll explain why as we go. 

The 18″ rule is a HABITEC rule, not one offered by State Rules or a building code.  Other Inspectors may use a different number, or set of measurements.  The point is that vegetation should not be allowed in contact with the structure, and that using a guide of 18″ will provide a pad so that when the wind blows the vegetation does not reach over and hit the building anyway, at least not most of the time.  In the picture below it is easy to imagine a gentle wind blowing these tree limbs back and forth and the limbs just continuing to beat the heck our of the house.  Remember, a house is not designed or built to withstand that kind of impact.

roof vegetation encroachment 

The damage that could occur in the pic above is called mechanical damage.  Mechanical damage is when the vegetation actually damages the building because it touches the building.  The action of the wind moving the limbs back and forth can cause the damage.  The larger the branches the larger the potential damage.  See the photo below.

Branch Encroachment

Trees that overhang a roof can have a significant impact on the building.  This impact can include depositing leaves into gutters until the gutter is clogged and defective and depositing debris on the roof that creates a condition conducive for mold growth.  The photo below is of a tree overhanging an apartment building.

Vegetation Overhanging the Roof

Trees near or overhanging the roof can deposit enough leaves to render the roof drainage system defective.  See the picture below.

Leaf filled gutters

The picture below is of a gutter system that is full of leaf debris and water.  Obviously this water has no place to go and will just overflow when the next rain comes.

Filled gutter - Standing Water

Filled gutters can be quickly overrun as in the picture below taken during a rain storm.

overwhelmed gutter

Water management systems such as the gutter/downspout/extension system that are filled with debris may not work well or at all.  Failure of water management systems is the most common discrepancy found on home and commercial building inspections.  Water that overflows a gutter can drop to the foundation wall at the base of the building and weaken the foundation, or the water can penetrate the crawl space or basement and create an environment conducive for mold growth.  Overflowing gutters can also cause structural damage to the fascia and soffits that make up the eaves, as in the photo below.

Significant Damage to soffit and Fascia

Overflowing gutters can also back-flow into the attic area and damage the wood that makes up the roof including the roof truss and decking.  See the photo below.  In this photo you are looking at the back side of fascia from inside the attic.  The fascia has been damaged by water from overflowing gutters.

Water Damage Decking

Vegetation in contact with a structure can cause structural damage in different ways.  From the discussion above we now know one form of structural damage is caused by mechanical damage and another form can be caused by overflowing gutters in a failed water management system.  But structural damage can also be caused by moisture in the vegetation that is held against the building.  Now lets talk about that. 

Although the exterior of buildings is expected to get wet when it rains, it is also expected to dry out in a reasonable time when the rain stops.  In the picture below mechanical damage may occur from these shrubs touching the building but a more significant threat is the effect of moisture held against the building.  Shrubs are not as powerful as trees when it comes to mechanical damage but shrubs can hold more water in the leaves and branches for a longer period of time because shrubs are usually thicker than trees.

Shrubs in Contact 3 

Moisture held against the building by shrubs keeps the building wet.  A wet building is more likely to allow water inside the building which can damage structural components and/or create an environment conducive for mold growth. 

Another issue with shrubs and trees touching the building is that insects, rodents, reptiles and small animals, like raccoons, can use this vegetation as a path into the building via the attic.  See the picture below of a black widow spider in an attic.

Black Widow

Another problem with vegetation in touch with or overhanging the building is the potential for mold.  Mold can form from debris deposited on the roof by a tree overhanging the house.  See the photo below.  This fungal growth was caused by deposits on the roof from an overhanging evergreen tree. 

Roof Shingle fungal Growth 

Sometimes attic mold can start at the exterior on the roof as shown above.  Deposits of tree debris on the roof can create fungal growth that can actually work its way inside the roof to the attic and create a mold growth there.  See the photo below.

Attic Decking Mold 1

In the photo above the decking supporting the roof has mold growth present.  This mold growth may have started because of the mold on the exterior of the roof that was shown in the previous picture. 

Another issue with vegetation proximity to buildings involves limited access.  Vegetation that is allowed to grow where normally people need to walk can inhibit normal access.  Such is the case when ivy is allowed to grown on the railing of a deck staircase.  Few people are willing to stick their hand inside the ivy as they walk up or down the stairs, thereby impeding this safety feature of the steps. 

Another issue with vegetation is the proximity to utilities.  The issue in the picture below is usually limiting access for utility workers and technicians so they can read or service the gas meter.

Gas Meter Behind shrubs

Likewise vegetation in front of the electrical panel inhibits the accessibility of the service technician and meter reader in the pictures below.

Electrical Panel Encroachment 2

In fact the vegetation can be so close as to interfere with opening the panel as in the photo below.

Electrical Panel Encroachment 3

However, it is possible for vegetation to interfere with the operation of utilities, especially HVAC components.  If the vegetation impacts the cooling vents the unit has a difficult time with the cooling function.

Vege Crowded HVAC

So bottom line, keep vegetation at least 18″ away from the structure and do not allow the trees to overhang the house.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

 

http://habitecinspections.com

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!

Maximizing Real Estate SEO – Repeat After Me: Content and Backlinks, Content and Backlinks…

How is your Real Estate SEO going?  If you are not sure, read on, whether you are in real estate or not!

Maximizing SEO performance depends primarily on Content and Backlinks.  If you don’t know what they are, I suggest going to the library and checking out some books on SEO.  SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.  If you didn’t know that, hurry to the library.

SEO for Dummies was one of the books I read.  It opened my eyes a lot.  One of the things I learned from this book, and from an SEO vendor I interviewed, is that a lot of SEO optimization is not magic.  You don’t have to have a degree in Mass Comm or IT to make great progress in SEO.  If you do no more than work on your content and backlinks while blogging you can make great strides in SEO.  Of course you will need a website to link back to.

Blogging and commenting on blogs is one way, and one of the most effective ways, to generate Google Juice.  Remember, Google Juice works for all SEs, not just Google. 

But how you blog and comment can make a difference.  A big difference.  Make sure that every time you blog you choose key words for the title and first paragraph that match and are pertinent to the blog.  Make sure the blog is pertinent to your cause, such as your business.  Keep your eyes on the prize.  Unless you like to spend time blogging about different subjects as a hobby, always make sure your blogs support your agenda.  Don’t waste time blogging about your pet unless you own a pet store.

Commenting on other blogs can also help maximize your SEO.  Blogs get more attention than comments usually because they have more content and better content.  But comments can be more time effective since you probably don’t have to put as much thought (hence, time) into a brief comment compared to a well thought out blog.  But, as in a blog, including a backlink (sometimes referred to a linkback, among others) back to your website in your comment or comment signature block can increase SEO just because of the linkback.  Every backlink makes your website seem more important in the eyes of the SEs.

Of course it helps if your comment is pertinent to the message of the blog too.  Telling the author “Thanks for your helpful blog.  I’ll start using that.”, does little to interest a SE.

All SEO books and guides I have ever read or classes and seminars I have attended emphasize content and backlinks as the two most important components of SEO.  Eye on the prize, and happy blogging!

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 Inspectors – Condensate Drain Terminations Done Wrong

 
Condensate Drains Done Wrong
 
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During a Nashville Home Inspection, HABITEC Home Inspectors include condensate drain terminations as part of the inspection of the HVAC systems.
 
Every home that has an air conditioning unit has a condensate drain.  A normal part of the home cooling process is to dehumidify the air in a home.  Dryer air causes perspiration to evaporate from our skin which gives us a feeling of cooling.  But, when air is dehumidified the moisture that is pulled out of the air has to go somewhere.  Hence the need for a condensate drain.
 
But condensate drains can be installed incorrectly.  And depending on the type of drain system, different mistakes can be made.  One way an air conditioning unit condensation is removed from the unit is with a condensate pump.  See the picture below.
 
 
Condensation is removed from the A/C unit and deposited at the pump via the white PVC drain line shown vertically in the photo above.  The pump then pumps the fluid to a suitable location using a small diameter composite (plastic) tube shown on the left above.  HABITEC recommends that this fluid be removed to the outside of the building and to a location at least 18″ from the foundation wall and to terrain that slopes away from the building.  Some times DIYers can find interesting places to terminate their drain lines. 
 
Look at the picture below of a condensate pump drain line termination.  What’s wrong with this picture?  The little tube is the condensate drain line.  The big pipe is the waste line of the home plumbing drain waste and vent system.  Why is the little tube connected to the big tube?  Should it be?

A closeup below gives a better look.  The condensate drain line is simply plugged into the side of the waste pipe and glued into place.  And it appears the connection has leaked.  But even if it had not leaked, what is inside the waster line that is a threat?  Answer, sewer gas.  And sewer gas can be harmful, even fatal to people.  So by making this connection the potential for toxic sewer gas to enter the home via the condensate drain line is increased.  In fact, this connection is a violation of the plumbing code and should be removed.

Please contact Richard at richard@habitecinspections.com should you have any questions.

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 – Problems with Vinyl Window Locks

Problems With Vinyl Window Locks 

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Richard Acree

http://habitecinspections.com

Everbody loves vinyl windows, right?  Look good, won’t rot, energy efficient.  You might think they are perfect, right?  Not quite.  Look at the picture below.  What’s wrong?

HINT:  A window lock usually involves two components, one on the lower sash and one on the upper sash.  A locking device needs to engage the two components together.

ANSWER:  The curved locking arm you see extending out to the upper sash has missed its mark.  Normally this component swings into a slot or under another component to engage the upper sash and lock both windows in the closed position.  Not this time.  In this case, the locking arm has missed the bottom of the upper sash.  This miss will now allow the lower sash to raise unimpeded despite the locking control lever being in the “locked” position.

How can this be you say?  In this house, some of the vinyl windows on the south, east and west sides of the house were in direct line with the sun.  Over time, the sun caused the vinyl windows to warp, allowing the upper sash to move, or bend, to a position that allowed the locking arm to miss the lower edge of the upper sash that it would normally engage.  It should look like the picture below, taken from a window not in line with direct sun.

If you have questions about this article please contact Richard at richard@habitecinspections.com.

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!