I just passed my eighth year as a Utah Home Inspector in the Salt Lake City, Utah and surrounding areas. I’ve helped a lot of people find their perfect home and hopefully they saved a lot of money along the way. I still see new and strange things all the time and learn constantly. So, I want to dedicate this post to the most memorable Inspections and craziest things in the first eight years.
Earthquakes and home inspections. On March 18th 2020 there was a moderate sized earthquake centered just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, that measured at magnitude 5.7 on the Richter scale. That is strong enough to jolt you out of sleeping, knock things off of the walls, and definitely frighten you. I‘m going to take this opportunity to remind people what to do during an earthquake, directly after an earthquake, and what preventive measures to take to help keep your home safe during and after an earthquake. (more…)
Lately during home inspections, I’ve noticed a lot of decks with damage and safety issues. Even if you had a home inspection it is a good idea to inspect your deck regularly yourself. A surprising 33,000 people per year are injured on collapsing decks.
Last week I started this topic and realized there was enough information to make it a two part blog on home issues. I want to remind everyone that this is based off of memory from being out in the field.
One of the first things I pay attention to as I arrive to a home inspection is water flow. Does it appear that potential runoff water flows away from the house(preferably) or towards the house? I want to note in the report any negative grading or sloping concrete. I pay attention to how the rain gutters flow, do they drain next to the foundation or has the runoff been forced away from the house with a splash block or extension tube. Same with the hose bibs, if not I make a recommendation in the report.
For full disclosure this is based on what I find during home inspections in northern Utah, specifically the Wasatch Front area. I don’t keep an actual count so this is an estimate from memory.
I find some sort of electrical issue in most home inspections. Either a bad GFCI, a double tapped wire or an outlet wired incorrectly. In older houses, sometimes I’ll find dangerous knob and tube and out of dated wiring that could be a fire hazard.
Methamphetamine use is a serious local health issue. It’s amazing how nobody knows anyone that does meth, yet so many houses fail meth tests. If you’re thinking this is something that is in another neighborhood across the valley, you’re wrong. Tests fail in every class type in every area of Utah.
During a Utah home inspection, one thing that is important to think about as a home owner is water runoff. Without the proper components there are several areas that could be a point of entry for water intrusion into your home.
This one is obvious. The main reason buyers get a home inspection is to find out as much as possible about the condition of home they are interested in buying. A certified inspector gives the buyer the best chance to accomplish this because they know the specific things to look for during the course of an inspection.
During the home buying process, the home buyer goes through a whirlwind of events. For the most part they depend on a number of people to guide them to make important and expensive decisions based largely on blind trust.The home inspection is one of these events. The buyer should be able to expect a thorough home inspection and walk away with a good understanding of the condition of the property. You need a good home inspector. (more…)
I’m Chris Lynch, owner/operator of Reliable Home Inspections. I am a Certified Master Inspector and a member of InterNACHI, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. I’ve been performing home inspections, as well as meth testing, radon testing and mold testing, for over seven years. (more…)