Ken K (January, 2018)

"Mr. Hall, I was more than satisfied with the inspection! You were very thorough and you paid close attention to even the smallest things. I really like the fact that your were more than open to having me shadow you while you inspected the property and I learned a great deal through your explanations for any and everything you noted!"

Chimney Flue

Before starting your first fire of the year, have your chimney and flue checked and cleaned by a qualified Chimney Sweep. Besides possible creosote buildup, varmits may have found a home.

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Erin B (10/29/17)

"Tom with Bonafide Home Inspections did a thorough review of our new home, above and beyond anything we could have asked for. Easy to work with and performed services in a timely manner. I would recommend Tom for your next inspection."

Michael W. (7/26/17)

"My wife and I are in the process of purchasing our first home. Tom from Bonafide Home Inspections turned what is typically a stressful process into one of ease. He provided us with two top quality inspection reports. He is very thorough, spending hours upon hours in the home, thoughtfully providing us with color photos of anything of concern, and was ready to explain and answer questions. If we ever need another home inspection, we would not hesitate to give him a call."

Dead Bolts

This is a double cylinder dead bolt (keyed inside and outside) on an exterior or egress door. Picture a situation where your home is on fire and you can't find the key to unlock the door. SAFETY HAZARD !! Please correct if this applies to your home.

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Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is very popular. But, I often find conventional light bulbs installed instead of the recommended spotlights. Where a spotlight will direct heat downward, a conventional bulb will radiant heat in all directions. This super heats the housing creating a potential fire hazard if the fixture is not rated for insulation contact.

Brick Siding

Look your brick siding over and you may find small cracks. Brick and mortar cracking is typical over time due to mortar shrinkage, slight settling, and thermal expansion/contraction. Fill these cracks with a flexible sealant to inhibit moisture and insect intrusion. A hard sealant may very well cause more cracking.

Automatic Garage Door Opener

A serious overlook in home maintenance is often the automatic garage door opener. Over 30,000 injuries a year are attributed to garage doors. A child can easily be trapped under a closing door with tragic consequences. Check your photo-electric eyes to make sure they operate and are within 6" of the floor. Also, place a roll of paper towels under the door to see if it reverses as it makes contact. Don't ignore deficiencies, have them fixed.

Electrical Junctions

One of the most common issues found in an inspection are exposed electrical junctions and terminations, especially in attics and crawlspaces. All should be enclosed in approved junction boxes. The picture shows open wiring in a crawlspace. This one is of particular interest as live wires are contacting and energizing a copper water pipe. Can you say SAFETY HAZARD?

Panel Boxes

Yikes!!  How often do you look behind the cover plate of a breaker panel, never?  Your inspector will always do so if its safe.  Some surprises we find are wasps, ants, mice, roaches, and even scorpions.  Here we have Dirt Daubers who have made themselves at home.  Hire an electrician to clean this up and evaluate damage.

Installations

 

Buyer beware!! There are three ways to do something. 1. The right way. 2. The wrong way. 3. "Uncle Cletus Way", which is the quickest and easiest way. If you're house shopping and see a Cletus installation like the one in this picture, you can bet there are others in the house. Hire a Bonafide home inspector to find them.

Circuit Breakers

Has your home had 2 or more exterior AC condenser/compressor units? If so, there is a good chance your circuit breaker may be too large. Older units sometimes required 60+ amp breakers. Newer and more energy-efficient units may only require 25 - 30 amp breakers. Near the bottom of this picture, the data plate displays "max fuse/ckt brk 30 amp". Check the data plate mounted on the side of your outside unit and compare it with the size breaker installed in your main breaker panel. If your breaker is oversized, you need to consult with an electrician because you have a potential SAFETY HAZARD.