House-Flipper Guide – Part II: The Roof

Continuing with our informational series, “A Home Inspector’s Guide to House-Flipping,” we will now transition from site drainage upward, literally and metaphorically, to the roof. It is an excellent selling point to have “NEW ROOF” among the listed features on all of your color flyers and home-for-sale listings on Trulia and Zillow. But a new

I let My Reputation get ahead of Me

Some home inspection reports right themselves. Two-bedroom one-bath houses built in the 1940s could practically have a one-size-fits-all home inspection report. I have inspected thousands of homes that fit this description and I have learned that there are rarely any surprises. It doesn’t matter if the home is completely original or if it has had

Home Inspection Bells and Whistles

Very few products and services are offered in their purest form these days. More often than not purchasing a device without the bells and whistles is “special order.” Try buying an appliance that doesn’t come with a built-in clock. I can’t walk through my kitchen without being reminded four or five times that I hit

Where Are You?

By Gilbert Migirditsian Professional Engineer and Building Expert Founder of GM Inspection Being in a densely populated urban area, I sometimes find myself having to drive some distance to get from one inspection to another. Often the time passes slowly due to traffic, construction, accidents, and whatnot. For this reason, I greatly rely on technology

Home Inspection Drama

Very nicely dressed, heels, hair done, fresh make-up, in complete control of her dignity while stooped over a hose faucet, the real estate agent makes the third and finally successful try at cracking the new weekly secret code to open the lockbox. “There we go,” she says. Key in hand and with a barely noticeable

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