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BC home inspector standards to be overhauled - Globe and Mail

National Home Inspector News - Mon, 07/08/2013 - 12:01

BC home inspector standards to be overhauled
Globe and Mail
Ms. Clark's letter directs Mr. Coleman to “implement a new home-inspector accreditation [system] to ensure consumers buying a home can be assured that their inspector is qualified and trained to help them purchase the largest investment in their lives.”.
Equal standards sought for BC housing inspectorsNews1130

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High radon levels alarm Prince Edward Island woman, calls for testing - Truro Daily News

Radon News - Sun, 07/07/2013 - 20:37

Truro Daily News

High radon levels alarm Prince Edward Island woman, calls for testing
Truro Daily News
Lynn Douglas stands outside her home where radon tests found levels that were more than five The Guardian. Lynn Douglas stands outside her home where radon tests found levels that were more than five times higher than the acceptable limit. Published ...

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What is E and O Insurance for Home Inspectors - Live Insurance News

National Home Inspector News - Sat, 07/06/2013 - 12:00

What is E and O Insurance for Home Inspectors
Live Insurance News
When a home inspector overlooks some element of a home inspection and then later, because of his error, damage results, whose fault is it? In almost every case, a court will decide that the inspector is liable for the damage. Errors and omissions ...

Canine Crap Corner

What I'm Seeing Now - Sat, 07/06/2013 - 10:36

What do you do when you walk into a furnace/laundry room to know something is up, an overwhelming smell - and you suspect a Canine Crap Corner, but don't know where to look?

It could be plumbing, it could be the sump pump, it could be the drain from the laundry tub, and yet, just because, you begin to look further.

This house has evidence of a small dog.  I don't know his name - let's call him Babalooey.

He is pampered with pillows everywhere, toys strewn all over, personalized water and food bowls - he is living the life of Reilly, um, Babalooey.

The furnace room is full, full, full of stuff!  Could something be rotting inside one of the boxes?  Or dead?

Instead of renting a Pod, apparently, these folks decided to put everything into the furnace/laundry room.  It is piled high and thick with stuff!

So much so that the stuff, and the old fridge, placed very closely in front of the furnace, prevents getting the cover off to replace the filter.

The home inspector is intrigued to know if that means the filter had not been replaced in a while.  Like since they purchased the new fridge in the kitchen?  

He diligently worked long and hard and did get the cover off enough to pull the filter out just a few inches.  His suspicions were correct.  Air filter no change-o for a long time-o.

That's perfect Spanish.

But, could that extremely-clogged filter be the source of the smell?

Not likely.

But wait!  While squishing into the space to peek at the filter said home inspector noticed something in front and off to the side.

It was a little gift from Babalooey!

Ha!  Well, that little gift certainly didn't have the mass to cause the smell pervading the room!

Beyond the furnace is the return duct to the left and the back side of the metal, wood-burning fireplace to the right.  Not much room for said home inspector!  Heck, not much room for male or female homo sapiens worldwide!

But plenty of room for Babalooey!

In his best display of magical Ninja moves, said home inspector lifted his stealy mass higher and more forward, extending his highly-trained Ninja arm and camera to get the wondrous photo here in!

For sure that represents only a small percentage of Babalooey gift left in that space!

Obviously, when the family is gone, Pampered Pup makes his way to the furnace/laundry room to partake in his special, gift-giving behavior.  It's a Canine Crap Corner!

That's going to make an interesting item on the addendum list!  And good luck!

My recommendation:  smells have a source!  Sometimes that source cannot be determined.  But sometimes it can!  And sometimes the source is quite the surprise!  Does anyone remember Babalooey?  You won't forget him now!

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Ask the Inspector: Credentials - Leader-Telegram

National Home Inspector News - Sat, 07/06/2013 - 05:00

Ask the Inspector: Credentials
Leader-Telegram
You should feel fortunate to live in Wisconsin. Some states do not require inspectors to be licensed. Duerkop is a licensed home inspector and serves as president and education director of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors for the central ...

High radon levels alarm Prince Edward Island woman, calls for testing - The Guardian Charlottetown

Radon News - Sat, 07/06/2013 - 00:03

The Guardian Charlottetown

High radon levels alarm Prince Edward Island woman, calls for testing
The Guardian Charlottetown
Lynn Douglas stands outside her home where radon tests found levels that were more than five Guardian photo. Lynn Douglas stands outside her home where radon tests found levels that were more than five times higher than the acceptable limit. Published ...

'One size fits all' rules don't work with energy codes for new construction - Prescott Daily Courier

Washington DC Real Estate News - Fri, 07/05/2013 - 21:10

'One size fits all' rules don't work with energy codes for new construction
Prescott Daily Courier
So are Seattle, Wash., and Washington, D.C. So is Long Island, N.Y., and Independence, Calif. (near Mount Whitney, the ... West serves on the Home Inspector Rules and Standards Committee for the Arizona Board of Technical Registration. Contact him at ...

Ask Your Home Inspector: State keeps its eye on home inspectors - Wausau Daily Herald

National Home Inspector News - Fri, 07/05/2013 - 09:35

Ask Your Home Inspector: State keeps its eye on home inspectors
Wausau Daily Herald
When selecting a home inspector, never choose by the price. Prices might range all over the board on a standard inspection. Ask how many years of experience the inspector has, whether he or she is licensed and whether he or she belongs to any home ...

Kluge Estate Hits the Market in Virginia - Wall Street Journal

Virginia Real Estate News - Thu, 07/04/2013 - 22:44

Kluge Estate Hits the Market in Virginia
Wall Street Journal
Known as Featheridge, the property lies about 11 miles south of the University of Virginia and downtown Charlottesville. The estate features a 5,644-square-foot, two-story home with six bedrooms and six bathrooms. There's a chef's kitchen, sunroom and ...

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Huntsville Realtors explain what agents can do for home buyers, sellers - The Huntsville Times - al.com

Test - Thu, 07/04/2013 - 20:34

Huntsville Realtors explain what agents can do for home buyers, sellers
The Huntsville Times - al.com
... partners Realtors build during their career aid in their clients achieving successful real-estate transaction(s)," says Turner. "Realtors can help you maneuver through home inspections, request for repairs, mortgage programs, closing documents and ...

A Simple Fourth Of July Wish To This Group

What I'm Seeing Now - Thu, 07/04/2013 - 11:24

Years ago I wanted to have my yard celebrate the Fourth of July.  So I planted clematis under the deck, getting as close as I could to red, white and blue.

And, so I offer this metaphor as a simple Fourth of July wish. 

I planted them, have cared for them, nourished them, protected them, and aided them, and responding they have done their part and grown and developed into beautiful plants, offering their flowers to me in return as a reward for my faith, and diligence and love.

As these flowers seek to grow and develop and use their God-given freedoms to their advantage, so should we, using our God-given freedoms to grow and develop, looking to defend our Constitutionally-protected, self-evident, "endowed by our Creator" freedoms from all threats, foreign and domestic.  That is ALL threats, foreign and domestic.

As we seek to grow and develop, nourishing our freedoms as Americans always have, we too will be rewarded by the Giver of those endowed freedoms further protection and nourishment, and our rewards will be sweet, and beautiful, and will return self-evident, inalienable benefits to us year after year after year.  This is America The Beautiful.  This is the Land Bountiful in so many ways.  Let's keep it so.

THIS IS TO WISH A HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO ALL!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia

www.jaymarinspect.com


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A Simple Fourth Of July Wish

What I'm Seeing Now - Thu, 07/04/2013 - 11:10

Years ago I wanted to have my yard celebrate the Fourth of July.  So I planted clematis under the deck, getting as close as I could to red, white and blue.

And, so I offer this metaphor as a simple Fourth of July wish. 

I planted them, have cared for them, nourished them, protected them, and aided them, and responding they have done their part and grown and developed into beautiful plants, offering their flowers to me in return as a reward for my faith, and diligence and love.

As these flowers seek to grow and develop and use their God-given freedoms to their advantage, so should we, using our God-given freedoms to grow and develop, looking to defend our Constitutionally-protected, self-evident, "endowed by our Creator" freedoms from all threats, foreign and domestic.  That is ALL threats, foreign and domestic.

As we seek to grow and develop, nourishing our freedoms as Americans always have, we too will be rewarded by the Giver of those endowed freedoms further protection and nourishment, and our rewards will be sweet, and beautiful, and will return self-evident, inalienable benefits to us year after year after year.  This is America The Beautiful.  This is the Land Bountiful in so many ways.  Let's keep it so.

THIS IS TO WISH A HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO ALL!

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Everyday People: Home inspector stays nimble on the job - OregonLive.com

National Home Inspector News - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 16:11

Everyday People: Home inspector stays nimble on the job
OregonLive.com
He trained as a home inspector through the National Institute of Building Inspectors and worked for a franchise for six years before starting his own business, Eagle Eye Inspections. Giblin's construction days taught him a lot about how to build a home ...

Nearly all care home inspections are unannounced - carehome.co.uk News

Test - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 15:22

Nearly all care home inspections are unannounced
carehome.co.uk News
Inspectors from the Care Inspectorate are using their power to visit care homes 24 hours a day to check standards in 98 per cent of visits this year. The figure is up from two years ago, where only 50 per cent of care homes in Scotland inspected were ...

Virginia Real Estate Auction for Horse Farm near Charlottesville Marketed by ... - PR Web (press release)

Virginia Real Estate News - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 13:37

Virginia Real Estate Auction for Horse Farm near Charlottesville Marketed by ...
PR Web (press release)
Virginia real estate auction offers rare opportunity to buy prestigious horse farm complete with historic manor home, world-class barns, exquisite training facilities and nature conservation. On July 24th, America's Auctioneers will hold a live and ...

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Realtor Deliea Roebuck provides her clients with the best Property Search ... - RealEstateRama (press release)

Virginia Real Estate News - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 13:21

Realtor Deliea Roebuck provides her clients with the best Property Search ...
RealEstateRama (press release)
EUGENE, OR – July 3, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — IDX, Inc. is excited to have Deliea Roebuck with Sweethome VA Real Estate in Gainesville, Virginia, join the growing list of real estate agents and brokers making use of the IDX Broker custom search tool ...

Sustainable Energy Commission Meets - Voices News

Home Energy Savings - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 11:23

Sustainable Energy Commission Meets
Voices News
Chair Kathy Quinn reported there are 116 homes in Newtown that have taken advantage of the Home Energy Savings program, in which homeowners can learn how to save energy and money. The commission is also looking forward to the ribbon cutting on ...

The extent to which a proposed multipurpose stadium could help turn around the ... - Fredericksburg.com

Virginia Real Estate News - Wed, 07/03/2013 - 00:57

The extent to which a proposed multipurpose stadium could help turn around the ...
Fredericksburg.com
Stafford County has also started the process of selling about 229 acres in Celebrate Virginia North to recoup real estate taxes that are more than two years delinquent. The owners of the land could stave off the sale at any time during the tax-sale ...

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Virginia Homes ready to start on Wellington Reserve in Dublin near Coffman - Business First of Columbus

Virginia Real Estate News - Tue, 07/02/2013 - 22:20

Virginia Homes ready to start on Wellington Reserve in Dublin near Coffman
Business First of Columbus
Davidson Phillips, which is run by Ruma's father, Charlie, bought the land in June 2012 from the Casto real estate development organization, also for $1.25 million. The younger Ruma said Virginia Homes expects to sell 22 houses this year and 30 next year.

Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 2 July 2013

What I'm Seeing Now - Tue, 07/02/2013 - 10:18

"The road to a higher wage level is through savings and investment in the tools of production.  There is no other."

W. M. Curtiss (1904-1979)

Where do wages come from?  A business or a job.

What's the only way out of poverty?  A business or a job.

What is the creator of most businesses or jobs?  The small businessman - the entrepreneur.

When Dr. Curtiss says "tools of production," he means what our economic textbooks would call the "factors of production."

The factors of production are what make up economies - land, labor, capital and entrepreneurs.

If a gubment wants to kick up the economy, Keynesian "fine tuning" won't help much as an economy is too complex for such decision making.  Bureaucrats can't stick enough pins at the right time and into the right places in the doll to make things happen.  As much as they try or as good as they think they can, bureaucrats are NEVER good at economic voodoo.  When those "fine-tuning" pins start getting stuck expect wild swings in economic activity, inflation, AND savings and investment.

What will kick up the economy is gubment policy, or consistent policies, that encourage entrepreneurs, and small businesses, to risk their savings and invest in themselves, or their ideas.

What encourages such risk taking?  Confidence in the future!  And the ability to reasonably predict the direction the gubment will be taking as regards that future!

Like the little train, if the entrepreneur thinks it can be done, the entrepreneur will eagerly climb the hill, confidently thinking he can get to the other side.

Profits will follow.  As the profits follow the entrepreneur will kick up the economy as jobs are produced, employees are hired, and wages are paid.  Wages are then spent on the STUFF that makes up economies, the goods and services of other entrepreneurs and businesses, all of whom have similarly climbed the hill to arrive at the other side.  The entrepreneurs are on the road to higher wages.  Those seeking jobs and a way out of poverty are the recipients of those higher wages.

THE OTHER SIDE of the hill is the desired goal - established, thriving, hiring and growing small businesses all KICKING BUTT.  

Look around the world at the thriving, kick-butt economies and you will find gubment policies that encourage savings and investment, and therefore the efficient use of land, labor, capital and the creation of entrepreneurs. 

Is there any other way?  As Dr. Curtiss suggests - there is no other way.

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Jay performs inspections Monday through Saturday, throughout Northern Virginia, from his office in Bristow to Leesburg and Centreville, to Great Falls and Vienna and everywhere in between!

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