home inspection: East Longmeadow Home Inspectors - 08/15/12 04:45 PM
An East Longmeadow MA home buyer should receive a brochure, Home Inspectors Facts for Consumers Sheet, at the time of the signing of the first written contract to purchase.
A standard home inspection in Massachusetts is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building consisting of one to four dwelling units. It should be understood that there are certain risks inherent in the purchase of property and a home inspection is inherently limited in its scope and depth. The information gained from home inspection conforming to the Massachusetts Home Inspector Standards of Practice may reduce … (0 comments)

home inspection: Chester MA Home Inspectors - 08/14/12 08:45 AM
A Chester MA home buyer should receive a brochure, Home Inspectors Facts for Consumers Sheet, at the time of the signing of the first written contract to purchase.
A standard home inspection in Massachusetts is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building consisting of one to four dwelling units. It should be understood that there are certain risks inherent in the purchase of property and a home inspection is inherently limited in its scope and depth. The information gained from home inspection conforming to the Massachusetts Home Inspector Standards of Practice may reduce … (0 comments)

home inspection: New FEMA Flood Maps - Norfolk County Massachusetts - 03/25/12 03:31 AM
Home buyers and sellers may face some changes when it comes to Flood Insurance in Norfolk County Massachusetts. The Norfolk County maps, currently in preliminary form, are scheduled to become effective on June 17, 2012.
Read the news release at - http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=61544
Flood hazard maps, also known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps, indicate whether properties are in areas of high, moderate or low flood risk. In reviewing the new Norfolk County maps, many property owners may find that their risk is higher or lower than they thought. If the risk level for a property changes, so may the requirement to … (3 comments)

home inspection: This just burns me up - 03/15/12 11:20 PM
Heating systems are an important part of the home, yet there are some configurations that just "burn" me up.  The first photo shows a forced air system for heating and air conditioning.  

As you can see, the duct insulation has been burned by the flue pipe.
Sufficient clearance between a flue pipe and combustible material needs to be maintained. 
This safety hazard is often caught by the local city/town inspector as well as the Natural Gas supply company.
Many times the local city/town inspection tag will not be anywhere in sight.  In this case, the inspection tag is also … (1 comments)

home inspection: Lunch with the contractor - New Construction Inspection - 02/27/12 01:59 AM
Buying a new construction home in 2012 may be a goal for some home buyers.  One of the many decisions to make is the choice of a home inspection.  In Massachusetts the seller or seller's agent will provide you a brochure, Home Inspector Facts for Consumers Sheet.  There are restrictions on whether or not a Real Estate Broker/Salesperson may provide you with a recommendation for a home inspector.  Potential Conflict of Interest is one of the reasons for home inspector licensing in Massachusetts.   The decision to hire or not hire a home inspector is the responsibility of the buyer. 
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home inspection: Attention Buyers - A home inspector is NOT a substitute for a Buyer's Agent - 09/24/11 12:30 AM
The DIY (Do It Yourself) theme is popular with home repairs/remodeling and there are many television shows inviting the public to DIY.   It appears to me  that some home buyers are caught up in the DIY theme when it comes to buying the home.  Consider a Buyer Agent before presenting your offer to purchase.
During the home inspection, I'll be happy to tell you about the condition of all the components of the home.  I'm happy to explain how the systems (heating, air conditioning, hot water, electric, etc) work.  Additionally we can talk about common maintenance intervals and tasks.   These are … (3 comments)

home inspection: Fall 2011 MA Home Inspector Training in Worcester - 09/07/11 01:51 AM
Classes start on Tuesday September 20, 2011 for MA Home Inspector Training in Worcester, MA.
Start Date: September 20, 2011Class Days: Tuesday and ThursdayClass Times: 6:00 pm to 9:10 pmCost: $1,000 - $1,015 (75 hours)Visit Worcester Adult Education on the web at the Night Life Catalog for details and registration. (508) 799-3171
This course meets the training criteria in 266 CMR for an Associate Home Inspector application.
Registration is open to the public.
 
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home inspection: Fall 2011 MA Home Inspector Training in Framingham - 09/07/11 01:47 AM
Classes start on Monday September 12, 2011 for MA Home Inspector Training in Framingham.
Start Date: September 12, 2011Class Days: Monday and Wednesday Class Times: 6:30 pm to 9:40 pmCost: $1,000 (75 hours) Visit Keefe Tech Continuing Education on the web at http://www.ktconed.org/  for details and registration. (508) 935-0202
This course meets the training criteria in 266 CMR for an Associate Home Inspector application.
Registration is open to the public.
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home inspection: Mission Hill MA Home Inspectors - 09/04/11 01:49 AM
A home inspector working in the Mission Hill Neighborhood of Boston MA is required to perform a home inspection to the Massachusetts Home Inspector Standards of Practice. A copy of the standard will be provided to the client by the home inspector.
The MA Home Inspector Standards of Practice is written for the professional home inspector. United Inspection Service has created some easy to read Consumer Information Sheets illustrating what is included and excluded in a Standard MA home inspection. Clear client communications (3c) are one of our core values. See the easy to read one page consumer information sheets for … (0 comments)

home inspection: Kenmore MA Home Inspectors - 08/30/11 06:49 AM
A home inspector working in the Kenmore Neighborhood of Boston MA is required to perform a home inspection to the Massachusetts Home Inspector Standards of Practice. A copy of the standard will be provided to the client by the home inspector.
The MA Home Inspector Standards of Practice is written for the professional home inspector. United Inspection Service has created some easy to read Consumer Information Sheets illustrating what is included and excluded in a Standard MA home inspection. Clear client communications (3c) are one of our core values. See the easy to read one page consumer information sheets for each … (0 comments)

home inspection: Buyer's Remorse - Referral Regret - 07/14/11 12:27 PM
I'm sure many people are familiar with the term "buyer's remorse", its not unique to the real estate market.  When the high emotion and excitement of the "new home purchase" is over, the logical reasoning for the decisions made is realized.
I received a call requesting inspection services, the caller mentioned that her husband had previously used my services.  Referrals are typically good business and I anticipated another good experience.
During the current home inspection, she initiated a conversation about my previous inspection services and how the Seller's agent and Buyer's agent were "offended" by my opinion and comments on the … (0 comments)

home inspection: Weak to Week Backlog - Home Buyer Information - 05/11/11 01:13 PM
The nice weather has returned to Massachusetts and there are many wonderful properties on the market.  A good recipe for turning a weak backlog into a week backlog for a home inspection.
Many offer to purchase documents only provide a short period of time to meet the home inspection contingency.  Home buyers in Spring 2011 should acknowledge the increase in market activity and avoid procrastination when scheduling a home inspection.
A slower winter often provides the convenience of scheduling a next day home inspection.  A busy spring often brings a significant backlog for popular home inspectors.  There are many time critical … (1 comments)

home inspection: How often do you see defined terms in use? - 01/12/09 12:15 AM
Massachusetts has required home inspectors to be licensded since 2001.  The prospective buyer wants to know whats wrong with the house.  The defined term is "IN NEED OF REPAIR" - Does not adquately function or perform as intended and/or presents a safety hazard.
Many of the sample reports I see posted use the term "Repair as needed".  Maybe I'm too particular, but I don't think "IN NEED OF REPAIR"  and  "REPAIR AS NEEDED" mean the same thing.  What do you think?
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