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SHOULD I ATTEND THE INSPECTION ?
A buyer’s Inspection on a typical home takes approximately 3 ½ hrs. It includes an investigative tour, discussion and written report.
We hope you WILL attend and follow Inspector Ron Isaacson as he examines and conducts a tour of the visually accessible portions of the home
( Note*- our insurance precludes your following us onto roofs, into crawl spaces or up ladders, please! )
Four eyes are always better than two
Please use this opportunity to ask as many questions as you want.
We encourage you to learn all you can about:
- The property
- Current issues
- Potential issues
- Its strengths
- Suggested maintenance
- Possible strategies for modification.
What’s Important about the SPACE-MAN Home Inspection report?
- Our report is completed on-site
- An easy-to-follow check list evaluation (14 to 20 pages)
Your report includes: both a verbal Narrative and a written Inspection Report that assesses more than 300 separate building components.
- Documentation of our findings, along with apparent circumstances and conditions found at the time of the examination.
- Notations on areas of concern, including what to watch for and what may require further, specialized evaluation.
- Discussion of issues and options that can help save you money.
- Information regarding short and long term maintenance on the home and it’s components.
Results of our 21-point safety check, to help you keep your home safe and functional, now and in the future.
WHAT IS A PRE-LISTING INSPECTION ?
A SPACE-MAN Pre-listing Inspections for Sellers is a professional low cost, easy-to-follow guided inspection and on-site written evaluation prior to listing or to exposing the home to a potential buyers’ inspection.
Having conducted over 4,000 Home Inspections, Ron Isaacson knows the hot buttons that turn a potential buyer off, cause concern or scare them enough to back off from buying any home.
Sometimes it’s a combination of issues that could have been easily or inexpensively repaired by the seller… Sometimes it’s major issues that the seller was unaware of … Sometimes it’s a bunch of little issues that have been overlooked but can cause homebuyers concern when discovered during their home inspection.
In each case an astute, proactive, motivated seller could have taken a simple low cost step to maximize the sales potential of the home but didn’t.
Why sales with a pre-listing inspection would have gone smoother . . .
A Space-Man Pre-Listing Inspections does 3 important things to save the seller time, money and aggravation:
- It gives the seller a heads up on issues so that they can be corrected or addressed before a potential buyer raises them as negotiating factors.
- It brings to the sellers attention, issues that are often easy to fix but can make a buyer think twice about the homes condition.
- It allows the seller to be prepared with competitive pricing for repairs should they choose to list the house “AS IS” and not be surprised by the findings of a buyers own professional home inspection
Don’t risk trying to sell your home without a pre-listing Inspection!
WHAT IS A RENTERS INSPECTION ?
- All homes, especially rental properties, have issues that tenants should know about.
- Some properties have issues that may involve health or safety concerns.
- Most issues involve general maintenance recommendations that landlords can easily correct.
- Some issues might impact full return of a renters security deposit.
- To help Renters, Ron Isaacson of Space-Man Inspections now offers an affordable, Renters Inspection to document the condition of a home, condo or apartment and provide renters and property owners with an objective third party documentation of move in/move out conditions of rental properties.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY HOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT ?
Here’s an easy way to discover drafts, spot heat loss, save money and make your home more comfortable this winter.
Spotting cold air drafts:
- Close all door and windows tight and turn on all exhaust fans.
- Light an incense stick and hold it close to the seams around doors and windows noticing changes in direction of the smoke.
- Air coming in through leaks will alter the direction of the smoke.
- Note those areas for caulking and resealing.
Worried about heat loss?
- Walk around the exterior of the house on a cold sunny morning.
- Look for ice, frost or condensation on window sashes, sills and lower sections of windowpanes.
- Those are signs of heat escaping the home along poor window seals and window frame seams.
- Note those areas for caulking and resealing.
- Home owners…If you have wooden window frames or sashes, if not properly caulked, those same areas are often subject to wood rot and mold.
MY HOUSE IS CREAKING…WHAT’S GOING ON ?
CHANGE OF SEASONS – WINTER TO SPRING
Safe and warm in our homes, this time of year, we’ll often tremble at the sounds of harsh winds blowing mightily, bending trees & whipping branches against walls, roofs & windows. Our ears, attuned to strange noises, hear creaking boards, the sound of snow & ice cascading off our rooftops…Change is in the air…
Those sounds of change, the low, guttural moans, the creaking you hear, can also signal changes in building materials. Around & inside your home: wood, metal, glass & concrete expand, contract, move & flex in response to dramatic shifts in temperature. And the older your home, the less flexible those components are. The less likely they are to deal with the stresses of a changing climate without needing care or maintenance.
Each spring, every homeowner has an important choice to make.
Adopt an “I’ll deal with the consequences of problems as they arise” approach, or be proactive & informed about maintenance issues & recent changes in building components before they become significant problems.
Astute proactive homeowners protect their investments and maximize the efficiency of their home by having a professional home inspection every 3-5 years. They take action to address issues that are often easy to fix but can slowly erode their homes condition.
HOW DO I DEAL WITH FROZEN PIPES ?
Attention Home Owners: Frozen Pipe Alert.
Extreme Cold and sub-zero temperatures have hit the Denver, Boulder and foothills areas with a vengeance taking many homeowners by surprise.
When water freezes in an unprotected pipe it expands.
Problems can occur beyond the faucet and connections. This expansion can weaken, loosen and even rupture sound pipes in places along the pipes that aren’t subject to direct freezing.
3 key steps that can help prevent frozen pipes.
- Open up cabinet doors along exterior walls and unused or rarely used bathrooms and laundry rooms. (Often plumbing pipes are run under, along or inside perimeter walls) The expense of heating those areas is minimal compared to the cost of fixing a broken pipe.
- Have someone look for exposed or uninsulated pipes in attics, basements and crawlspaces. Once located, have someone wrap them. Check pipes for signs of bulging, cracking or indications of frost. (Often leaks won’t be noticed until someone starts using the water)
- Examine the water supply to exterior faucets on both sides of the wall, at water filters and at any well supply connections.
(The majority of water spickets freeze beyond the valve, just inside the house)
CAULKING AND SEALING – Why Do It?
SPACE-MAN’S Guide to Caulking and Sealing
Weather-stripping & caulking windows, doors and other small leaks are the most energy efficient & cost effective ways to improve a homes insulation. It gives you better and faster return on your investment than replacement windows.
Are you wasting energy and money?
Air exchange (air leakage & replacement air infiltration) in older homes can account for 15% to 60 % of your heating/cooling needs. You pay to warm cold air that leaks into the house in winter. You pay to cool hot air that leaks into the house in the summer. That’s a needless waste of energy & money.
An added bonus to sealing your home from moisture intrusion, wind, infiltration of hot or cold air …you also cut back on entry of dust and noise, resulting in a cleaner, quieter home.
Problem locating the source of leakage? If you can’t feel a draft, tape some single-ply tissue to a ruler, hold it near areas to look for air movement (also look for air movement on dust webs).
Exterior Caulking and Sealing
Some common exterior problem areas are:
- Gaps between the chimney and adjacent walls
- Separations between molding and trim
- Openings along and under window sill, sill seams and flashing
- Space between windows, masonry and/or siding
- Around pipe and vent openings
- Cracks between masonry or concrete components
- Around door and window frames
- Cracks in foundations
Interior Areas Needing Caulk or Sealing
Some common interior problem areas are:
- Where water, electric, gas pipes enter the home
- Where exhaust vents exit the home
- Around all duct vents
- Between fireplace and walls (special heat resistant caulk may be needed)
- Around exterior and interior door frames
- Around, on and between windows
- Along baseboards
- At gaps and holes in flooring materials or underlayment
- Inside and under cabinets
What are Real Estate Professionals saying … about SPACE-MAN’S approach to Home Inspections ?
“Plain and simple, Ron Isaacson is the best property analyst that I have ever had the experience of working with. His knowledge of buildings and their systems is second to none. I find Ron to be unique in his ability to be extremely thorough, accurate and informative without being alarming or overly dramatic. His calm and professional demeanor makes everyone involved feel at ease and secure. I strongly recommend that anyone buying, building or selling a property have Ron review that property first.” E. Kane
“Ron Isaacson has handled many house inspections for my clients. I recommended him to all my buyers and even to people who need advice on problems that they had on properties they currently owned. He does not disappoint you and is always prompt and very fairly priced.” Susan Cooney
“I’ve worked with Ron on many home inspections. I’ve been a Realtor for 32 years. I know when I refer my clients to him, they will get a detail-oriented inspection that is explained thoroughly to them. He is very conscientious.” S. Kessel
“I have recommended Ron to many of my buyers over the past several years as a home inspector. He is very thorough and has great knowledge regarding the construction of homes. He does the job – he does not watch the clock. The inspection takes whatever time is required of him. I am in attendance at every one of these inspections and I have not yet had a client who was disappointed in his services. He explains issues to clients in a clear concise manner and shows that he cares about his clients knowing what they need to know in order to make their decision about the quality of the house. I highly recommend him.” L.Chamberlin