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CO-VID 19 update

In these new and uncertain times we have many questions regarding CO-VID 19 and how it is impacting not just human lives, but our every day existence.

 

Governor DeWine issued a state-wide shut down of all non essential businesses in order to flatten the curve and ease the spread of this devastating virus. The natural question is, “what are essential businesses?”

 

In short, the real estate industry is considered an essential industry and thereby all the businesses that contribute to the operation of this industry.

Home inspections are an integral part of the home buying process and here at Inspection Tech we are committed to performing the highest quality inspections with attention to the smallest of details and are following Governor DeWine’s, and the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing and keeping ourselves and our clients and agents safe during this time.

 

We are operating at this time in a “business as usual” manner. We are available for inspections 7 days a week from 8am until 6pm and our office assistants are all working remotely at this time, answering phones and scheduling inspections from 8am-8pm Monday through Friday and 10am until 6pm on Saturday & Sunday.

 

It has never been a requirement that clients, or even agents attend inspections. We have always encouraged both parties to be present as home inspections are informative and often a learning experience for potential home buyers. In these times of social distancing we want our agents and clients to know that they have the option of not attending the inspection and that Inspection Tech has lockbox insurance and we are fully able to access properties with a lockbox code.

 

We issue our reports via email and can go over all details and any questions via email or a simple phone call. Payments are able to be made online via the link in the confirmation emails that are sent out after scheduling your inspection.

 

We work with many out of state investors and have performed many inspections without clients or agents present and have an impeccable history of expertise and professionalism in regards to these inspections.

 

Keeping ourselves and our agents and clients safe are of the utmost importance to us as Inspection Tech and being here for you during the home inspection process is paramount in what we do.

 

Below is a resource guide provided to us by ISN and can provide you with additional information during these unprecedented time.

 

http://help.inspectionsupport.net/en/articles/3824453-covid-19-resource-guide

COVID-19

We are living in some unsettling times right now. With the spread of the COVID-19 virus shutting down schools, restaurants and businesses we just wanted to reassure all of our agents, clients and friends that at Inspection Tech we always place the utmost importance on the safety of those we work with every day.

 

As of today, we are still actively performing home inspections and want to assure you that our inspectors are practicing the methods that have been suggested by the CDC.

 

Our inspectors will be practicing social distancing and combined with frequent hand washing can wear gloves while performing inspections.

 

If you wish to decline attending an inspection it is your choice to do so. Our inspectors take many photographs and are used to performing inspections in homes for out of state clients and are always through and respectable. Under present guidelines we fall into the safe category for gatherings at inspections as generally it is the inspector, agent and perhaps the client and a spouse. So it would bu up to you, the client to make that decision.

 

If our inspectors are feeling unwell they will immediately let the office staff know and take themselves off the schedule to self quarantine.

 

Our office staff is working remotely and our hours in the office will remain Monday – Friday 8am-8pm and on the weekends from 10am-6pm

 

We cannot thank all of you, the agents and clients, that have helped Inspection Tech become the company it is today. We will do everything we can to continue bringing you the best inspections in NE Ohio in the safest way possible for all during this time of uncertainty.

Pre-Inspection Checklist

You have a listed property and have reached an agreement pending the results of a home inspection. This can be an unnerving feeling for both you and your client. Often times it may seem like the only thing you can do is cross your fingers and hope for the best.

Check of the inspection check list

THE TOP 5 THINGS BUYERS SHOULD ASK ABOUT HOME INSPECTIONS

 So you think you have found the home of your dreams. Open floor plan, big rooms, back yard, basement. Everything you have ever wanted. But what about the things you DON’T want? Electrical issues, heating and cooling? Or what about pest infestation?

 

On the eve of the biggest purchase of your life there are many questions that loom large. Here are the top five questions regarding home inspections, that you, the buyer may have, or may have not even known you need to ask!

 

1. Are inspections “automatically” part of every home purchase?

 

No. As a buyer, you must include a home inspection clause in your purchase agreement, which will let you back out of the contract if the inspector discovers unexpected problems with the house.

 

If you still want the house, an inspection clause allows you to renegotiate with the seller in light of any issues discovered—either requesting a price adjustment, or asking the seller to make necessary repairs prior to completing the sale.

 

Home inspection clauses aren’t “automatic,” but they’re highly recommended by buyer’s agents and almost always added to standard real estate contracts. The average person isn’t going to be able to assess the condition of a home and our licensed and certified home inspectors at Inspection Tech can put your mind at ease and help you be sure you are getting the home you truly want.

 

2. What IS a home inspection?

 

A home inspection is a comprehensive review of the systems, structure and general “health” of a home, conducted by a qualified, objective inspector. If there are any issues that may degrade the value of the home, or require immediate/near-term repairs, they should be revealed by a professional home inspector.

 

What is included will depend on the individual inspector, the local municipal codes, and the type of inspection(s) you request.

 

Basic home inspections should include visual inspections of the:

 

Roof

Foundation/framing (including wood rot)

Fireplaces

Plumbing systems

Electrical systems

HVAC (heating and cooling) systems

Interiors (doors, paint, floorings, ceilings, walls, windows, etc.)

Exteriors (siding, windows, doors, etc.)

Insulation/ventilation

Additional inspections may be done for:

The presence of radon, mold, or pests

At Inspection Tech we have a team of general home inspectors as well as a certified radon and mold specialist and a licensed structural engineer

 

3. How do I select an inspector?

 

You can ask your buyer’s agent to recommend a good, qualified, local inspector. You can also find one on your own. Either way, you should consider the inspector’s qualifications, confirm if they are bonded and insured, and if they meet the requirements to be licensed in your state.

 

You may also want to ask how long they have been in the business and request references from past clients. There are a number of state/national/international professional home inspector organizations; ask your potential inspector if they are a member of any of these groups.

 

Realize that not all states require licensing, or even specialized training, to become a home inspector, so do your own due diligence.

Inspection Tech has been in business since 2008 and helps serve Northeast Ohio and beyond. We are available 7 days a week and our office assistants can answer all of your questions and make scheduling a breeze

 

4. Can I be there during the inspection?

 

Yes, you can and should be. Your buyer’s agent can handle it for you, but you’ll get a much better feel for your new house if you attend the inspection. If the inspector finds any problems, you’ll be able to ask questions, on the spot, and get the answers you need.

 

Inspectors can also offer guidance on how to properly maintain a home’s systems, which is always helpful for a new buyer. Be sure to take notes to review later, and to potentially share with the seller, so you will be able to get accurate estimates on the needed repairs.

 

5. What if the house I want fails inspection?

 

An inspection is an evaluation, not a test, which means houses can’t “fail” inspection. It’s a way to reveal any issues, or potential issues, that may negatively impact a buyer prior to completing a sale. It’s also intended to ensure both the buyer and seller are in informed agreement regarding the condition of the property that is changing hands.

 

Call us today to schedule your home inspection!

TOP 5 Secrets to Selling Your Home FAST!

Selling Secret #1:  PRICE IT RIGHT!

Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. Even in slower markets buyers will  bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.

 

Selling Secret #2:  EMPTY OUT YOUR CLOSETS

Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will want to look in all the spaces of the home, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

 

Selling Secret #3: AND THEN THERE WAS LIGHT

Maximize the light in your home. Good lighting  is the one thing that every buyer says that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – and if you are selling in the colder, darker winter months, this hack is especially important!

 

Selling Secret #4: GET THE RIGHT AGENT

Hiring the wrong agent can kill a home sale. Make sure you have an agent who is totally informed and energized to sell your home.  They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find an who uses all the technology available in the arena of real estate today.

 

Selling Secret #5: NO PETS

Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. Get rid of the pet evidence and burn candles and if you are showing the home send the pets to the spa for the day!

identifying or fixing any problems both difficult and expensive, once the new home is completely finished.

A pre-drywall inspection can be performed after the insulation is installed, which is convenient because it allows the home inspector to determine whether it was done properly. However, the insulation may conceal some components in much of the same way that drywall does.

 

What is inspected during a pre-drywall inspection?

 

During a pre-drywall walk-through, the areas of the house that the inspector can check include:

 

  • the foundation
  • floor system
  • roof system
  • wall system
  • plumbing system
  • electrical system
  • HVAC
  • exterior wall covering
  • roof covering, and
  • the interior

 

When performing a pre-drywall walk-through, the home inspector may inspect:

 

  • electrical wiring and junction box placement
  • framing
  • foundation slabs, walls and drains
  • footings
  • notching of floor joists
  • firestop material
  • pier pads
  • crawlspace
  • retaining walls
  • plumbing pipe placement
  • waterproofing
  • flashing for windows and doors
  • wall studs
  • any missing metal clips
  • placement of HVAC air ducts and registers

 

There are many common concerns that a pre-drywall inspection can address.  These questions include:

 

Is there an appropriate number of electrical outlets in every room?

Is there a drain pan installed for the washing machine so that water is caught in the event of a leak?

Are there wood blocks in places where extra support may be necessary?

 

An important element to a pre-drywall inspection is the inspection report. Most home inspectors typically include photos and/or video. These are especially beneficial to the client because of the level of detail that they can provide. When it comes to documentation, more is more!  So, as long as you have permission to do so, record everything that you can.

 

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

Is your home ready for winter? Sustained low temperatures, combined with cold winds and winter precipitation, can cause problems for the interior and exterior of your home. Here are five common winter household problems to anticipate and avoid:

 

• Heating system breakdowns can be an uncomfortable and even hazardous issue when cold weather hits. Make sure your system is inspected and well maintained BEFORE it gets cold and you find out the hard way that your home heating system wasn’t up to snuff.

 

• Air leaks, particularly around doors and windows, can cause drafts and heating system inefficiency, that can cause winter heating bills to skyrocket!

 

• If you have fireplaces in your home they can be cozy and charming.  But chimney fires are a big winter safety hazard. Make sure your chimney has been cleaned and inspected before you light the first fire.

 

• Roof leaks often occur during the winter due to missing or loose shingles, or because of poor design and maintenance. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow or precipitation, check your roof for potential problems BEFORE winter begins and keep an eye on it for potential problems.

 

• Ice dams, especially here in Northeast Ohio can be a seasonal issue many may not consider.They are usually caused when melted water backs up, causing leaks. Keep an eye out for potential trouble spots along your roof and roofline.

 

If you get ahead of the game and prepare early in the season with some simple preparations you can be ready for the cold winter months.

Did you know?

Did you know that at Inspection Tech we have over 20, trained and certified inspectors on staff? In

addition to the many inspectors that we have in Lakewood, Cleveland & Rocky River, we also have inspectors in Sandusky, Akron and even Youngstown! Our inspectors go through an extensive training program and are professional and experienced. When you book with Inspection Tech you are getting the best home inspection on the market today.

 

      Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions, and investments that you will make in your life. The task of getting your home inspected can seem a bit daunting if you have never been through the process before. Here at Inspection Tech we try and make the process as easy for you, the client, as possible.

     Our office administrators are here from 8am until 8pm Monday through Friday and from 10am until 6pm on Saturday’s and Sunday’s to walk you through the process and to answer any questions you might have. Always friendly, knowledgeable and courteous they will make the scheduling process a breeze!

     Our scheduling and inspection systems are cutting edge and take the home inspection process to the next level. Once you schedule your inspection you receive a confirmation email that confirms the day and time of your inspection and includes a copy of our inspection agreement and your invoice. You are able to sign your agreement and make payment online which is so convenient in today’s hectic world and especially if you are moving to Cleveland from out of state. Our inspectors carry iPad’s  that ensure they never miss a detail and can produce a comprehensive report complete with photographs at the touch of a finger.

 

      In addition to our general home inspections, we also offer structural engineering inspections, mold inspections, radon inspections and pest inspections We have a structural engineer and a mold and radon  specialist on staff to take care of your needs.

 

      Our team of inspectors perform inspections 7 days a week from 8am until 6pm so we will always be able to accommodate your needs!

Our goal at Inspection Tech is to offer our clients the best service for a competitive price and to take the worry out of the equation! So call our office today to schedule your appointment 440 465 0448

 

Christmas

      I was talking with a friend last night. She was distraught because her 6 year old came home from school that day and told her that the kids at school said Santa Claus wasn’t real. Those kids, my friend lamented, RUINED Christmas FOREVER. Admittedly, I wanted to march up to the school and smack the kids that let the cat out of the bag. I mean, there is a code, a secret code that mandates that older children DO NOT ruin it for the younger ones. The magic should still be alive and thriving in the mind of a child so young. And like my friend, I ADORED Christmas once I became a mother. Being able to create that unique magic in your child’s life is one of the highlights of parenthood. Even if being it required being a slave to the “Elf on the Shelf” for close to a decade.

  Our conversation of course, opened up the inevitable question, which is also the hardest: Is Santa Claus real? Deciding how to tell kids about Santa — not to mention what to tell them — can be a surprisingly tough decision. On the one hand, you never want your kid to feel like they can’t trust you. But on the other hand, you don’t want to be responsible for ruining the most wonderful day of the year.

 

Psychologist and parenting expert Dr. Justin Coulson thinks that parents are overcomplicating the whole thing: “Tell your kid the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” says Coulson. I read this and was like, “Really?” I was certainly NOT that parent. My sister-in-law started out of the gate, making sure her kids knew that Santa only got them ONE present and that they got my niece and nephew everything else. That seemed somewhat glory-seeking to me. I was the polar opposite. I had elves, I made footprints in flour leading from the chimney to the tree. I pretended to “see” elves scurrying about out of windows, my son searching in vane to try and catch a glimpse of the mysterious makers of gifts. I went hog wild, ace freely, 150% INTO Christmas.

 

The whole “truth-telling” bunch seems to think I’m going to somehow set my kid up for disappointment and failure by engaging him in the traditions and mystery surrounding Christmas. I think that’s malarkey. I think Santa is a transition from the full on fantasy of childhood into the reality of life. It’s how you make the transition and when that matters. Psychologically, children don’t even begin to truly reason and develop analytical skills until the ages of 5-7. So while at first, when talking to my friend I felt like six seemed so young, in fact, it is spot on for when children begin to reason and question themselves and their surroundings. So this age is honestly a good time for the transition to take place.

 

   I would suggest letting your child believe in Santa when they’re young and when they first start asking questions, encourage them to think about it critically. Is there really a man who is riding around on a sleigh with magic reindeer who goes to every house in the world in one night? Can he really know everyone’s behavior? Can one man eat that many cookies in one night? Let them decide for themselves. No child is going to hate Christmas if you let them figure out the truth on their own. Everything they loved about Christmas isn’t gone, the presents are just coming from a different person. And now at thirteen my son is beginning to truly appreciate where his gifts come from and also the joy that comes from giving. I have kept a book of all the different scenarios the “Elf” got into and made a book that I will give to him, when he becomes a parent and is able to relive the magic all over again through his children.

When it comes to the festive season, we all love traditional Christmas decorations, right?

? After all, you can't beat a traditional look for conjuring up that nostalgic magic. The smell of a real pine Christmas tree, handmade decorations strewn up everywhere, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and all that... From color palettes and cushion updates to crafty ideas, we've rounded up a selection of easy ways to recreate the perfect traditional Christmas scheme.

 

1. CHOOSE VINTAGE-STYLE DECORATIONS

 

For nostalgic souls, opening up a box of treasured decorations passed down through the generations sparks delight year after year. I have dated each box or special decoration and who they came from for added sentiment and my son has grown up knowing the when and who of each timeless decoration.

 

2. HANG UP PLENTY OF STOCKINGS

 

Obviously. The more homemade looking the better. And, lucky me, I am a knitter and have knit and felted stockings and have two very special “granny square” stockings that were crocheted by my mother that are part of our timeless collection

 

3. OPT FOR TRADITIONAL RED AND GREEN

 

This classic color combination is guaranteed to create that warm feeling of Christmases past. I also like to add different hues of these traditional colors as accents in a room with plenty of white. Too much of a good thing can be overwhelming so I like to use all colors in moderation!

 

4. DECORATE THE BANISTERS

Christmas hallway

 

Welcome in Christmas visitors with a show-stopping hallway display by layering up fairy-lights, garlands, ribbons & other decorations. This is probably my favorite point in the house to decorate! Yes, even more than the tree! A warm inviting stairway greets visitors as soon as they arrive and can also be a stunning backdrop for holiday photographs of family and friends.

 

Stay tuned for more ideas for Christmas decorating and looking for a fun family event this Christmas? Why not stop by the Christmas Story house? It is a well-spring of vintage decorating ideas and a theme all in itself!

 

From our family at Inspection Tech to yours, we wish you a warm, safe and blessed Christmas season!