We found knob and tube wiring in a home that was powered. Not good! Many other electrical concerns observed. Recommended rewiring the home by a qualified licensed electrician.
Although most home inspectors are well qualified, some tend to over state their qualifications and abilities. We are very quick to refer you to the proper professionals for specific concerns.
When we encounter a Federal Pacific panel it always is a difficult discussion with our clients. Here is a good article regarding the Federal Pacific Panels: https://www.angieslist.com/articles/are-federal-pacific-circuit-breaker-panels-safe.htm
Comments from a client:
Dale, It was a pleasure meeting you as well. I appreciate your level of professionalism and being flexible enough to work through a request that was unusual and time sensitive. You were a huge help. I also appreciate the list of repairmen that you passed on to us. If they do half as good of a job as you we will be fully satisfied. Take care.
Many builders tell buyers they do not need a home inspection. However, this week I encountered a prime example of why an inspection is needed by all buyers. The home was only 1.5 years old but the heat pump was not cooling. It turns out the home owners liked a warm home year around and keep the thermostat at 78 degrees F. They commented when it was hot outside the home never got comfortable. It is likely the heat pump was not properly set up by the HVAC contractor. It has cost the home owner in utility bills by the system not being efficient and comfort. Enough said! #home #homeinspection #homebuyer #homeowner #homeinspector
Although the health crisis has slowed the real estate market in the Myrtle Beach area, transactions are still happening and we are doing inspections. I practice social distancing and wear the proper PPE as needed.
If you are thinking of selling your home this is the perfect time to get it ready. The majority of the handymen and contractors are still working. Also, I highly recommend a pre-listing inspection before listing your home. It truly puts the owner in a much better position. It could increase your profit and will definitely eliminate any surprises.
If you are buying and coming to look at homes, it will need to be a in and out trip as all local hotels and rentals are closed based on city ordinances.
Another example of a flipper renovation gone wrong. This is a safety hazard from several standpoints. The flipper decided to install kitchen cabinets over an electric panel .... not good! Also, they decided the front cover would not fit so they placed a piece of wood over the opening. Just think one spark and you could easily have a fire. Absolutely, the panel or cabinet needs to be moved and the panel properly installed with a METAL front.
Unless you're a meteorologist and can actively monitor humidity levels, keep your crawl space vents open during the winter. If temperatures drop below 25 degrees for an extended period, the vents may be closed to prevent freezing issues but should be opened once temperatures rise. The only exception is if your crawl space is encapsulated with a dehumidifier installed and then the vents are always keep closed.
I am a full-time home inspector servicing all of South Carolina.