A Northern Virginia Home Inspector's Perspective

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Home Inspector - Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

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2011 

There is almost never an inspection on new construction that does not stir up a bees hive!  So often I run into things that I KNOW an architect did not design.  It is the supervisor and subcontractors on site that are very, very relevant to the final product people buy and end up living in. Nice ...
Posted almost 3 years ago
There is almost never an inspection on new construction that does not stir up a bees hive!  So often I run into things that I KNOW an architect did not design.  It is the supervisor and subcontractors on site that are very, very relevant to the final product people buy and end up living in. Nice ...
Posted almost 3 years ago
I wasn't there long.  And it began easy enough. Some clients that I had done a new construction inspection for had been having enough communication problems with their builder that they asked me to go back to check just a few things from my report that were to be fixed.  They weren't confident th...
Posted almost 3 years ago
"As the consumer is the public in general, without distintion of rank or fortune, the free market is the most obvious expression of the sovereignty of the people and the best guarantee of democracy." Faustino Ballvé Free markets are the best guarantee of freedom period! Who is Faustino Ballvé?  A...
Posted almost 3 years ago
34 Comments
Sometimes you look at things and don't have to think too much about what is happening.  Even when you haven't seen it before! REFLECT - verb - to throw back light without absorbing itREFRACT - verb - to make a ray of light change direction when it enters at an angleMAGNIFY - verb - to intensify o...
Posted almost 3 years ago
We moved to the Manassas, Virginia area in 1988.  We currently reside in Bristow, a couple of miles to the southwest.  This is an area rich in history.  My family has been in the Washington DC area a long time.  One line arrived in 1737, others thereafter over the centuries. One such line was the...
Posted almost 3 years ago
While sitting in front of a house I am scheduled to inspect, a junky pick up truck comes down the road.  He slows to look at me and reads the sign on the side of my SUV, pulls around the corner, gets something out of the back and carries it behind the house I am to inspect.  I pay no attention an...
Posted almost 3 years ago
Lists featuring what has been done to a house can be a good marketing tool.  But sometimes things that get advertised can get a home inspector very excited! The list on this house included, "The Attic Is Properly Prepared For Storage."  A whole lot has to happen for that to be true.  I seldom see...
Posted almost 3 years ago
29 Comments
It must be true.  I speak Chinese. Why do I say that?  Because when I speak perfect English, and even write it down for all to see, people don't seem to understand me.  My conclusion is that I speak Chinese. This has happened twice in two weeks.  Seldom am I called by a client to return to a hous...
Posted almost 3 years ago
"Salvation by society failed the most where it promised the most, in the communist countries.  But it also failed in the West.  Practically no government program enacted since the 1950s in the Western world - or in the communist countries - has been successful." Peter Drucker As a business grad s...
Posted almost 3 years ago
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