nashville tn home inspections: The Ying and Yang of Business - 12/18/14 02:56 AM
     I believe that we can all agree that as business owners we all have three things in common:
          1) We are in the marketing business. This is what keeps the pipeline full.
          2) We are in the sales business. This is what keeps food on the table.
          3) We are all in the people business. It is our personal relationships with others that make people like us and want to do business with us.
     That being said, most business owners are great technicians. IMHO, this is the Yang or masculine, left-brained side of the business. Technicians are … (19 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Being Taken for Granted - 11/22/14 02:23 AM
     The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted and neglected parts of a home. Because it is taken for granted, it does not receive the attention and maintenance that most other household items do. Despite indifference, abuse and neglect chimneys still perform their job reasonably well and as odd as it may seem, water causes more damage to masonry chimneys than fire.
     Chimneys are not those passive black holes that most people assume them to be. They do perform several vital functions, and their simple appearance misrepresents their complex construction and performance requirements. A chimney deteriorated by constant exposure to … (40 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Multiple Layers of Shingles? Not a Good Idea. Here's Why... - 11/14/14 02:23 AM
     It is not uncommon to see multiple layers of shingles on older properties. Back some years ago there was no limitations on how many layers of shingles could be installed. Today, accepted industry standards limits the number of layers to two. However, even this is not a good idea. Here’s why:
     1) Most manufacturers of shingles will not warrant the roof covering if it is installed over another layer.
     2) Adding another layer of shingles is like adding another blanket. The two layers of shingles will now hold additional heat and cause excessive heat buildup causing the top layer to … (46 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Things that go BOOM in the Night... - 08/18/14 06:28 PM
     I have a fear of gas. I do not care for anything that goes BOOM! or has the potential to do so. Maybe it goes back to or having had what is left of my eyebrows singed lighting gas appliances.
     Recently, I inspected a property that had been inspected twice before by two other local inspectors. Their reports were lying on the counter along with other marketing materials. I had to indulge myself. No where, in either of the reports was there a mention of the missing cap on the gas line or the dryer not being connected to … (4 comments)

nashville tn home inspections: Nothing Lasts Forever - 08/03/14 03:15 PM
     Nothing lasts forever. Durable appliances like dishwashers have a typical life expectancy of 10 - 12 years. Most home warranty companies do not or will not warrant some appliance that are approaching the end of their service life. After this many years of use, there is going to be rusted or damaged dish holders. As home inspectors, we are to look at items of function. In other words, is the item performing its intended duty?
     Older appliances will experience normal wear and tear through normal use. Rusted racks, damaged or non-functioning rollers or other components could be deemed normal … (8 comments)

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..
The … (8 comments)

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)

 
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