nashville tn home inspections: Being a Heathen on a Sunday Morning… - 07/27/14 03:23 AM
    One of our forefathers came up with the expression, "Early to bed early to rise…". You know the rest of the drill. This morning I woke up late after going to bed somewhat early having had an exhausting day. My normal wake-up time is sometime around 3 o'clock. This morning, I woke up around 430. Gosh! I feel like such a heathen! I frittered away an hour and a half of daylight checking my eyelids out for holes!
     Oh well, I do feel rested though. So maybe being a heathen Sunday morning can't be all that bad..
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nashville tn home inspections: Seeking My Priorities... - 07/26/14 02:36 AM
As we all know, active rain has recently raised their blog tally to 20 week. While I know that there are some out there who can easily reach this number and then some; for me, it is not going to happen this week! This week my priorities have been working in the business and on the business.
There is something to be said about when one starts taking on employees. The dynamics of the business and one's priorities change. When one adds employees they are extending their family. The focus is on how to keep everybody's families fed. Then too, the … (9 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Just Inspected - East Nashville - Rosebank Area - 07/18/14 06:52 AM
          Yesterday, a member of the Complete Home Inspections team had an opportunity to inspect a nicely renovated property in the Rosebank area of East Nashville. This property was being purchased by a new home buyer. The team would like to thank the buyer’s agent, Ashley Payne of Pilkerton Realty in Brentwood, for trusting us to represent her client.

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nashville tn home inspections: Just Inspected - Georgetown Condos; Nashville, TN - 07/13/14 03:39 AM
     Earlier this week, one of the Complete Home Inspections team members had a opportunity to do an inspection in the Georgetown Condo community for Crystal Lethcoe of Fridrich & Clark Realty in the Green Hills section of Nashville, TN. The condo community is a short commute from Lipscomb, Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities and is just outside the Green Hills shopping district. We were happy to help Crystal help her client live their American Dream…

 
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nashville tn home inspections: Just Inspected - Montclaire Subdivision; Brentwood TN - 07/13/14 03:11 AM
           Earlier this week, one of the Complete Home Inspections team members had a opportunity to do an inspection in the Montclaire subdivision for a party that was purchasing a property. They found us on line and decided that they did not want to use the agent’s inspector. This was a lovely, well maintained property. As with any property that did not have an inspection when purchased, there were some construction flaws that will need to be addressed. We were happy to help another family live their American Dream…

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nashville tn home inspections: Just Inspected - Pegram TN - 07/10/14 03:23 AM
     The Nashville, TN real estate market is hot. Earlier this week a member of the Complete Home Inspections Team had an opportunity to inspect a very well cared for ranch in the Pegram, TN area for some first-time home buyers who were looking for a home in the country. This property is far enough out of town for one to get the feeling of country living yet close enough to have all the amenities a big city has to offer.
     Our special thanks goes out to Carolyn Rigsby of Zeitlin Real Estate Services for giving us an opportunity to work … (6 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Just Inspected - West Nashville - 06/29/14 02:22 AM

 
A member of the Complete Home Inspections Team has helped another client on their way to home ownership as they have just finished inspecting this lovely cottage in the Sylvan Park area of west Nashville, TN. The Nashville,TN real estate market is very strong and show no signs of slowing down.
We would like to thank Jeremy Callahan of the Mohr Group at RE/MAX ELITE with for trusting us to help their client live their American Dream.
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nashville tn home inspections: Just Inspected - Belleview Area - 06/25/14 03:21 AM
     Yesterday, one of the members of the Complete Home Inspections Team had an opportunity to inspect an older property in the Bellevue area of Nashville Tennessee. The young family that was purchasing the property were looking for something that was affordable and something that they could put some sweat equity into. They wanted to get a home inspection to make sure that they were not purchasing a "Money Pit".
     The property that they were purchasing was bank owned and there were plenty of opportunities to make some improvements. Sadly, with bank owned properties, bad things happen to good properties … (7 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Just Inspected - East Nashville - 06/24/14 03:22 AM
     Just inspected! Yesterday, one of the team members for Complete Home Inspections had the opportunity to inspect a nice, rehabbed brick cottage in the East Nashville area. The young couple that was purchasing the property had recently been transferred to the area and was looking for a starter property in which to start and raise their family.
     As with any rehabbed project, there will always be areas in which to make improvements. Often times, many of the rehabbers do the work themselves in order to save money.
     One of the areas that caught my eye was the water heater. … (10 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Awkward! - 06/19/14 05:50 PM
     Sadly, we live in a world where there are no guarantees. Furthermore, I understand that everyone needs some reassurance that the wheels are not going to fall off the bus during the inspection process. Emotions are running high for the everyone involved in the transaction: buyers, sellers and agents.
     My job at times can be difficult especially when there are situations that are beyond everyone’s control. Sometimes challenging things happen to good houses and everything can be fixed. There are times when I get challenged when the agent, wanting a little reassurance that the wheels are not going to fall … (13 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Stuff - 06/16/14 03:12 AM
     It is amazing how much stuff people accumulate. Seldom used or items we want to hold on to often wind up being stored in the garage or attic. Month after month stuff collects and gets packed into boxes and stored along walls. It does not take long for the two car garage to become a one car garage.
     The problem arises when it comes time to sell the property. Home inspectors are not and cannot move all the stuff and look behind it to determine if there are defects. Termite folks can’t either. Stuff stored along walls and close to … (16 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Some Properties Are Not All They Are Cracked Up to Be… - 06/14/14 03:12 AM
     Back before and just after the burst of the bubble, builders and developers were throwing up stuff like a cat throws up a fur ball. It was pedal-to-the-metal construction and new construction became my worst nightmare. It was harder to find what was right than what was wrong.
     I have been practicing home inspections for going on 14 years. I have learned to inspect with all my kinesthetic senses. Walking into the property was like walking into a shallow salad bowl. Something was amiss. Slab construction should not have such a pronounced slope. A quick walk through the second floor … (18 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Sometimes, You Just Have to Say NO! - 06/06/14 05:35 PM
     15 down - 2 to go. This has been a long week for me. My other inspector is out of town and I am busy catching his work load and mine. However, there comes a time when I have to say No. I have worked very hard in building this business to support 5 other families plus my own. With one of my inspectors out of town on a family reunion/vacation, it has been a no-holes-barred, petal-to-the-metal week.
     I live by the philosophy, always say YES and ask permission to say NO. I finally asked my staff for … (18 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Dad said, “Thank You” - 05/20/14 05:35 PM
     In real estate transactions, the home inspector is supposed to remain a neutral to the transaction. State and report what you see and keep your emotions and opinions to yourself. This is the golden rule that runs this business. However, there are exceptions to every rule. The exception? Let your heart guide you.
     Earlier today I did an inspection for a young couple that are getting married next month. They are wanting to get a ‘Fixer-Upper’ that they can live in for a few years and then rent it as income property. Great plan and I have to commend them … (19 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Crazy in a Good Way! - 05/18/14 03:23 AM
Crazy in a Good Way!
     This is been the craziest real estate market that I have seen in several years. Not only is the Nashville area market hot, it is smoking hot! This past week, I've had the opportunity to meet two of the sellers during an inspection. Both of these were wonderfully nice people and I engaged in some very meaningful conversation with them. Both of them had no idea what they were going to do after they sold their property. They were both thinking of renting for a while before plunging back into property ownership.
     I told both of … (29 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: 'Tis the Beginning of a New Day... - 05/17/14 02:39 AM
     Every now and then, I wake up and my mind is really engaged and there are days when my mind just seems to go through the motions of the mundane. Mindlessly, I roll out of the sack, meander into the kitchen and pour a cup of the elixir of life. I shuffle up the staircase to the ‘man cave’, stir the sleeping cyclops and gaze into its all-seeing eye. 3 o’clock and all is well with my world.
     Slowly but surely, the synapse begin to fire as the warm elixir seeps into the bloodstream and rejuvenates the still slumbering … (10 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Follow Instructions - You May be Putting Your Sale in Jeopardy - 05/15/14 02:04 AM
     Make no bones about it, I hate doing re-inspections. In my reports I clearly state that it is recommended that all work be performed by appropriate licensed professionals. I also state for the buyer to obtain all receipts for the performed work. Nevertheless, homeowners often want to take the cheap way out and hire handymen to do some of the work so as to save money. There is nothing wrong with this provided the work being performed is within the technical abilities of the handyman.
     Herein lies the problems that can arise. A recent property transaction is coming down to … (22 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: 12 Enemies of Your Roof - Part 1 - 05/11/14 02:51 AM
    Asphalt composition shingles are the most widely used roof covering. According to statistics, they are used on four out of five U.S. homes, because they are economical, durable and attractive.
     The "standard" asphalt shingle is made of a base mat of either organic material (cellulose fibers) or inorganic material (glass fibers). The manufacturing process differs between the two base mats. The organic mat is saturated and coated with asphalt and then surfaced with mineral granules. The fiber glass-based mat requires only an asphalt coating before the mineral granules are applied. The asphalt coating provides the weatherproofing qualities. The mineral granules … (34 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Serving the Community... - 05/08/14 05:35 PM
     Sometimes serving others is more important than making money. The greatest person I know came to serve. Today, this is what Annelle, Jane and I did. Red Day is a day that Keller Williams agent across the world, participate in community projects. Today, we came to serve the communities in which we live and earn our livelihood. Because Annelle lives in the southern part of our territory, she worked the project in the Thompson’s Station area south of town. Jane worked with the agents in the Franklin, TN area and I worked with the Green Hills group on a project … (9 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Give Me a Break... - 05/06/14 02:57 AM
     Flipping properties is a business. A big business. Investors wanting to capitalize on their investment and maximize profits often hire handymen to do the bulk of their rehab work because they work for less and can get the job done. However, handyman do not understand or know the codes when it comes to performing certain tasks. A classic example of this is installation of new hose bibbs.
     The contractor had installed a new hose bibb on an older property that predated the use of vacuum breakers. The fixture must have been bad and they replaced it with a similar style. … (19 comments)

 
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