Now What? Next steps after the home inspection

You just had the home you are trying to buy inspected, what’s next? Hopefully you attended the inspection and you are aware of the things your inspector found. I like to go over a preview of my report with my clients at the end of every inspection so they can ask questions and see issues … Read moreNow What? Next steps after the home inspection

Gears has moved to Findlay, Ohio

Gears Home Inspections has moved from Brownsburg, Indiana to Findlay, Ohio. We are proud to serve Northwest Ohio and bring along an attention to detail that serves our clients well. Justin is still a Certified Professional Inspector with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and he brings his expertise to Northwest Ohio.   Note from … Read moreGears has moved to Findlay, Ohio

Fall Maintenance Tips for Indiana

October is a great time to start preparing your home for the coming winter. It’s a good idea to get these fall maintenance items completed before the freezing temperatures set in. Many of these items are based on things I see during my home inspections and, if not corrected, they could lead to major issues … Read moreFall Maintenance Tips for Indiana

Check your Rubber Washer Hoses

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Home Owner Tip: Check Your Washer Hoses Rubber Washer Connection Hoses Can Wear Out. Most clothes washers come with rubber hoses to connect the hot and cold water supplies to the washer. These hoses, like any other rubber product, can wear out over time due to thermal cycling and drying out of the rubber. I … Read moreCheck your Rubber Washer Hoses

Roof Leak from Plumbing Vent Pipe

The Problem: Possible Roof Leak I normally start my inspection of a house by taking a look at the roof. My goal is to get on the roof whenever conditions allow because it lets me catch things like potential leak sites. For example: this plumbing vent pipe is the location of a roof leak. The … Read moreRoof Leak from Plumbing Vent Pipe

Electrical Hazards: Downed Tree Limbs on Service Drop

The Problem: I recently inspected a house that the electrical service mast, the conduit that the electrical wires enter the building, was pulled away from the house. The first picture shows what this looked like from the ground. The electric meter is still attached to the house, but the conduit is completely separated from the … Read moreElectrical Hazards: Downed Tree Limbs on Service Drop

Common Roof Defects: Nail Pops

Popped nail heads can lead to potential water leaks in your roof. The nail pops pictured can be cause by the heating and cooling of the roof material, then the roof nail can work it’s way out of the roof sheathing. Initially, the popped nail head will lift the shingle that overlaps the nail head. … Read moreCommon Roof Defects: Nail Pops

Why you Should Consider a Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first.  Having a pre-listing inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways, such as: It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third … Read moreWhy you Should Consider a Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Choosing the Right Home Inspector

Buying a home?  It’s probably the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make.  This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection.  The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the value of the home being inspected.  The additional cost of hiring an InterNACHI-Certified Professional Inspector® is almost insignificant. You have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating … Read moreChoosing the Right Home Inspector

Checking for Proper Downspout Drainage

Water intrusion path included

Did you know that downspouts draining too close to your foundation can cause water intrusion into your basement or foundation? It can also cause the soil around you foundation to erode away; potentially causing settlement issues with the house. Your home inspector should be checking for the downspout draining at least 4-6 feet from the … Read moreChecking for Proper Downspout Drainage