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By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 5
Corrugated stainless steel gas tubing (CSST) has been commonly used in residential, commercial and industrial construction for over the last 20 years.  CSST is a continuous flexible stainless steel tube covered with a PVC coating.  It has advantages over steel piping as no or few fittings are nec...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 3
This four year old South Jersey home was advertised as having a cozy family room with a natural gas fireplace.  After completing my home inspection, I believe this fireplace was a little too cozy.  No evidence of problems was observed in the family room.  However, the exterior of the fireplace sh...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 8
Finally got one!  After all these years of observing evidence of mice living inside electrical panels In South Jersey I have caught one in the act performing a home inspection.  This time he did not hear me approaching.  This time I was too quick for him.  Off came the electrical panel cover and ...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 5
I hope most Americans are aware of the financial troubles of Fannie Mae and the questionable practice of the Federal Government backing Fannie Mae losses with taxpayer dollars.  And I am sure that many Americans are aware that Fannie Mae owns thousands of recently foreclosed homes that have and a...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 2
While performing home inspections in Southern New Jersey for over twenty years, often I wonder if the condition of the home is qualified by the prospective purchaser and his or her sales agent prior to signing a contract.  My conclusion is often not.  As a South Jersey home inspector, I have deve...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 4
Frequently real estate agents will recommend home inspectors to their clients as part of the service they are providing.  This is expected as the agent is viewed as an expert in real estate and should know local home inspectors which include the good and often the bad. The concern by this author ...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 6
It has been a difficult winter for the real estate professionals and everybody else that has had to deal with the extreme cold weather and extensive snowfall.  While the cold can be considered cruel, the snow can be very beautiful, particularly the icicles that result from thaw and freeze cycles....
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 11
The Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that a pistol was pulled on a Pennsylvania real estate agent visiting a home on Friday making a sales pitch.  Reportedly, the homeowner's son met the agent at the door and requested that he leave.  Apparently, the slow-footed sales agent tried to overcom...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 9
Everyday more and more home inspection companies are selling mold tests as part of a real estate transaction pre-purchase home inspection.  Is the mold testing really necessary or recommended when buying a home?  Isn't it enough that a good home inspector will document any visible significant...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 38
Lenn Harley recently commented on Jeff Karlsons post titled "That's Grandfathered In" as follows. "We have ceased to recommend two home inspectors because they wrote as "defects" things that didn't comply with the code as of today.  There is no section in the home...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 8
During my years of home inspections, I have observed hundreds of gas water heaters wrapped with insulation blankets.  I don't like it.  The insulation hides possible leaks and other defects and often covers the identification tag which states the age of the unit. After some research I have co...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 5
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Homebuyer, I am sorry to say that the four bedroom house you just purchased for your large family only is considered to be a two bedroom dwelling. You see those two extra rooms in the basement that have been covered with drywall cannot meet the definitions of a bedroom.  Appar...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 9
It happed again and it shouldn't.  Another unpleasant confrontation at the home inspection occurs.  Myself (the home inspector), the real estate sales agent representing the buyer and the buyer all meet in front of the property last Saturday morning for the home inspection.  The buyer's f...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 82
Time and time again, I have performed home inspections on horrid homes where the purchaser was represented by a reported Buyer Agent.   What I don't understand is that often, the obvious dreadful defects I report come as a complete surprise to the Buyer Agent and my client. Mt question is a h...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 10
Most of us have done it.  We have taken on a home improvement that resulted in a disaster.  While there were good intentions, the project was destined to fail due to any number of reasons.  I call this misfortune "Home Improvement Gone Wrong". Home improvement project failure can be bla...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 33
It is getting close to that time of year when I start dwelling on new equipment for my home and building inspection business.  I have been thinking about purchasing an infrared camera to use on my inspections which are mostly residential homes. However, I am not sure how infrared cameras are perc...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 12
Sometime ago, I was performing a home inspection on a single family residence.  I usually don't remember the details of the home inspections that I provide.  However, occasionally a unique discovery or event will occur that does create a lasting impression.  This inspection was proceeding as ...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 4
Just a reminder after the contracts are signed the work is not done.  The house is not sold until closing.  For liability reasons, home inspectors are not required, nor advised to move items blocking access to areas that need to be inspected.  Failure to provide access to these areas during the i...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 2
Much to my dismay, January produced a disappointing number of radon tests completed by us for the southern portion of New Jersey.  Understandably, the economy is shaken and real estate sales are suffering, but January was National Radon Action Month. January is when radon tests should peak due to...
By Glen Fisher
(National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC)
Comments 4
With the generous number of foreclosure homes and short sale homes on the real estate market today, they are often found without heat due to one or more disconnected utilities.  This is a serious concern in the colder parts of the country. While everything may appear fine, freezing conditions may...

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