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Dryer Vent Connected to a Chimney at a Home Inspection

Written By: claytonhome - Feb• 10•17

          Still get surprised as a Home Inspector inspecting residential homes for over 20 years at Clayton Home Inspection.

I am without words from time to time for an explanation. Like a dryer vent connecting to a chimney in a basement. Yes, its true I rechecked outside just to make sure my eyes were not deceiving me. I must admit it was creative but, potential a fire hazard. The common problem is that the dryer is located in a first or second floor closet in a tight space. This requires some effort usually requiring moving the dryer from a closet resulting in the dryer vent disconnecting when moving the dryer. Reconnection is a challenge for most homeowners. The dryer exhaust tube is sometimes connected between floors and or just venting below the floor. That is a clear fire hazard.

Dryer vents require connection of a smooth interior metal tube. Connecting too the outside to exhaust excess lint and moisture. I recommend change the water supply hoses to washer to steel braided every 5-7 years. Check and clean the dryer every 6 months. Change the flex medal or plastic to a hard pipe connections with a smooth interior and as short as possible to the outside to allow the lint and moisture to exhaust with little resistance. If you don’t remember when the last time you cleaned the dryer vent or changed the washer hoses, then you probably need to change them.

Call someone who is qualified to clean and replace the connections, do it right the first time. There are many companies now that will do  this type of work unlike just a few years ago. I even had a hard time coming up with a good answer when some ask who would do this type of work. try typing in words like dryer vent cleaning near me.

Dryer venting to Chimney in basement at home inspection

Dryer venting to Chimney in basement at home inspection

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Flooding of rivers and high water table in spring home inspection

Written By: claytonhome - Mar• 31•14

Rivers are over flowing there banks and some houses have water in the basement. This is going to be the best time of the year to perform a home inspection to discover water issues. History of water in basements are showing up now with the water table high and rivers overflowing their banks its too late in the summer or fall. Time to check your sump pump, I would check the float on the pump to make sure it activates the motor on the pump and if it does not then your probably need to change the pump and  you better act soon so you don’t end up with water in your basement. Buying pump when the water is flooding your basement is to late because if you are looking to buy a pump then you can’t tell that half the town is not do the same thing. Act now and not when all the pumps are gone at the store and you have to call the fire department to pump you out, That is a waste of valuable service and tax dollars going to waste. Please call if you have any questions Clayton Home Inspection 978-897-7167

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Home inspector in the home inspection in field gives insight on real estate purchase

Written By: claytonhome - Mar• 07•14
Post and beam home

Post and beam home

As a home inspector working in the home inspection field for around 20 years these are some of the things that I have learned from buyers and sellers and real estate professionals over the years in my experience that I think will be helpful to you in the home buying process.

1. Before you even get started searching for a quality home inspection in the area  find a good mortgage company with the best rates and terms and get pre-approved not pre-qualified, pre-approved this is a letter provided by your mortgage company that will give the maximum qualifying mortgage that will give you concrete information that can be used as a powerful tool during the purchasing process.

2.Get professionals who can help and guide you along the process, even though you might think you can do everything  you can’t and you don’t want to learn the hard way.

A. Exclusive buyer’s broker real estate agent with a good list of references

who will work for your interest and will help you through the process of a good home in a not so good home and location as well as knowledge of the area.

B. A good real estate attorney and one that primarily practices real estate transactions not a friend or neighbor who does other types of Law, You want someone he who knows the ins and outs of real estate transactions and can help you through the process and guide you and will help you find any title issues or problems in the past and potential problems in the future.

C. Find a good reputable home inspector who will spend the time necessary and not all home inspection in the area will guild you through the process. Some home inspectors provide other services like water quality and quantity home inspection in testing and provide radon testing services. This is money well spent and don’t always go with the cheapest home inspection in the area out there because the cheapest home inspector out there usually is the home inspector who is trying to get his foot in the door or the quickest one to get his foot out of the door. A good home inspector will take you through the home physical process and who will show you details about the home and find potential problems that could require a costly repairs down the road or even require immediate repairs that you may/would not otherwise discover without the expertise and knowledge of a home inspector. The information that you have learned from performing the home inspection May and generally does result in many additional questions that you can ask the homeowner and or occupant. The items that are discovered during the home inspection that need immediate or future attention (Get qualified licensed professionals to further evaluate and give estimates on necessary repairs prior to the close of the escrow) can be used as a negotiating tool to either reduce the price of the home or have them repaired before the close of the escrow by qualified licensed individual(s) and or to get monies back at the closing so that you can have a professional(s) of your choice do the necessary repairs.

3. Do your homework go to the town hall in find records from the building department and electrical department and the plumbing department and search for any and all permits or history of the home you looking at. Search the Internet for history of this address you be surprised what you find. Go to the attached link so that you can search the FEMA records for floodplain info https://msc.fema.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/FemaWelcomeView?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1

4. Ask questions of the homeowner that you have discovered while doing your homework and get a history of the home so that you’ll better understand the home, get a disclosure if one is provided and if it disclosures not provided then you can ask some of the following questions. I would recommend getting any and all questions answered in writing you know the old saying if it isn’t in writing it ain’t said.

*How many years have you lived in the home?

* Do you have the home inspection in paper or PDF  available for review?

*What is the age of the roof?

*What is the age of the heating system?

*What is the history of insect infestation or damage with the structure?

* What is the history of water in the basement and any and all leaks as a result of water?

*What is the history of water to the interior of the home as a result of plumbing, ice damning other water leaks or penetration?

*What is the history of any and all repairs/Additions/other work performed on the home professional or non-professionally?

*What is the history of any and all fires or emergencies related to the home?

Additional questions can be found at 266 CMR 6.00: standards of practice sec 6.03 question #4

Anecdote: I have performed many thousands of home inspections in many areas over the years, earlier in my career I performed a home inspection on a property in Massachusetts while performing the home inspection upon entering the home the homeowner was present, I asked the homeowner “Have you ever had any problems with water in your basement”; the homeowner answered “no”. We the buyer myself in the broker proceeded into the basement where upon entering we discovered approximately 6 inches of water in the basement, (to my surprise and being perplexed) I preceded out of the basement to confront the homeowner about the 6 inches of water that we had discovered in the basement and I asked the homeowner in front of the buyer and buyer’s broker; “I thought you said you didn’t have a problem with water in your basement” The seller replied “I don’t use the basement I don’t have a problem”. This was a very important lesson that I learned early in my career and now I understand why attorneys get paid to do their job because it’s not the question that you asked it’s how you asked the question that makes the difference.

5. The best time to search for a home is in the fall in winter time because this is the slowest time of the season and you’re more likely to get an excepted offer and not have a lot of competition and home sellers are usually willing to work with you when the market is slower. Spring time is the busiest season in the real estate market for real estate agents and home inspectors. If you’re looking for home in the springtime be ready and prepared to put an offer in quickly because I have experienced many homebuyers telling me they have lost out on many good homes as a result of not putting an offer in early enough and losing the house to the competition, It was not unusual for a buyer to put in an offer in was higher than the asking price just to get an accepted offer. This is one a good broker can be very helpful in situations like this because if they know the area and the market they generally know the best way to help you out.

I hope this information is helpful for you and you utilize the lessons I have learned over the years to help improve your ability to purchase the home of your dreams.

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Home Inspection pictures from exterior to interior

Written By: claytonhome - Aug• 31•13

This is the visual basics of a home inspection pictures  that can help you understand what a home inspection is and is not.Please leave comments about any image you see and I will comment about why I took the picture.

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Clayton Home Inspection is the right choice to make…

Written By: claytonhome - Feb• 04•13

Thomas Herbst at Clayton Home Inspection Boston and Worcester area has over 25 years experience in the Home Inspection and Home Building  Industry in the Boston and Worcester area.  He has performed over Six thousand inspections throughout the Boston and Worcester area.  Thomas  is actively involved in classroom training sessions pertaining to various aspects in the Boston home inspection industry.  Tom is a licensed Home Inspector, Licensed by the state of Massachusetts, and also carries a Mass. Pesticide Applicator Certification/License which complies with the requirements set by HUD to perform a FHA/VA Insect Inspections. A+ Rating on the Better business Bureau, Home Inspections are performed within the Boston and Worcester and Massachusetts area.  At Clayton Home Inspections, it is our goal to give you helpful and important information regarding the condition/s of the home you may be investing in.  After you have experienced a home inspection with  Clayton Home Inspections you will leave with a peace of mind knowing that a licensed Home Inspector, who’s professionally qualified, perform the home inspection within the practices of the home inspection field. The purchase of a new home may be the largest investment you will make in your life.  It is, and has always been our practice, to encourage your involvement.  It is the inspector’s objective and important to him, to identify potential problems throughout the inspection process, as well those areas that have potential for concealed damage, in which he may advise an additional investigation by a qualified licensed contractor.  He will also advise you on how to maintain your new home for the years to follow.  We are always there to answer any/all of the questions you may have throughout the home inspection process.   As well as providing you with a honest and thorough inspection with the highest degree of customer service in the industry. Your Clayton Home Inspector will provide you with a 15 plus page computer generated typed report with over 180 items on it.  You will receive your report generally within 24 hrs of your home inspection, which will give you a clear picture of the home you are interested in buying. I advise you personally attend the home inspection for a clear picture of the home you are investing in.

Thomas Herbst

Clayton Home Inspection

Office # 978-897-7167

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Home Inspection Boston and Worcester

Written By: claytonhome - Jan• 30•13

Home inspection Massachusetts is required for a new home. Boston home inspectors must make sure that the house is safe and sound to live in. Home inspection Massachusetts and home inspection Boston are also necessary if the house is undergoing major renovation. If Boston home inspectors find that something is amiss in the plumbing, electricity, framing or other aspects of a new home or a addition, the rest of the construction or renovation can’t continue until the problem is fixed. Ideally, a home inspector for a new house should be hired even before the construction begins. A home inspector will begin with the basement and foundation of a home and work his or her way up to the roof. They will record what they see with cameras and with written reports. A home inspection Massachusetts should only take a couple of hours for an average sized home. It’s also fairly inexpensive, depending on the square footage of the home. Home inspection Boston has evolved over the years. Now, a home inspector needs to have a license and insurance and often will belong to a professional organization like the American Inspectors Association. These organizations have codes and standards of ethics that they expect their members to follow. Some home inspectors also have degrees in architecture or engineering or are contractors themselves. However, a reputable inspector shouldn’t offer to fix problems himself, even if he can. Like the other professionals who work on the home, the inspector should also sign a written contract that details what he inspects.

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Believe You May Need A Home Inspection?

Written By: claytonhome - Jan• 10•13
Millions of people everyday go through their lives without ever realizing that many things within their homes are breaking down or wearing out. This can not only cause a problem in the future, but it can also be quite catastrophic should the issue be really serious. Whether it’s some plumbing that is begin to wear out or a major support structure that’s been compromised, it can only spell disaster for you and your family.

If you believe you’re in need of home inspection Boston can trust, then you should begin to seek a qualified inspection agency. By working with the agent and making them aware of any trouble areas you already know about, you’ll not only save them time, but you’ll also enable them to search for other serious issues as well. These Boston home inspectorshave only your best interest in mind, so trust them.

By having home inspection Massachusetts citizens trust, you’re not only safeguarding your home, but also your family’s way of life. While there are many Boston home inspectors that will seek out any issue within your home, there are also those that may simply glance over an area while missing a troubled spot. Always go with the inspector during any home inspection Boston homes need to ensure that nothing is overlooked.

By having a regular home inspection Massachusetts residents should have, you will be able to prevent costly repairs further into the future while also improving your home at the same time. With a little love and care, your home will last well into your family’s future.

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Post and Beam House in Western mass

Written By: claytonhome - Jan• 09•13
this Home inspection was a true post and beam House

Post and Beam House  northwest of Worcester Ma is a pleasant surprise from the time you enter the road until you leave

This home is located north west of Worcester Massachusetts is a magical place and the  house is a large house with a large Barn with indoor horse ring and 50+ acres of land for horse riding this is the ultimate farm

Post and Beam Interior

Post and Beam Interior

Loft Looking into the master Bedroom

Loft Looking into the master Bedroom

Horse Stable and Ring in the back indoor with water and electrical
Horse Stable and Ring in the back indoor with water and electrical

Large Horse indoor Ring
Large Horse indoor Ring
Horse Stables

Horse Stables one of ten Stables

My sister in-law has a horse and this I believe would impress her hard to impress personality.

 

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Home Inspection makes sense

Written By: claytonhome - Oct• 30•12

Home Inspection makes sense, Years ago people shook hands on a house and the seller told the buyer all about the house  and everything they knew about the home and that was the deal. Today it’s different  Home Inspections are an important part of the home buying process and the seller most often avoids even answering questions about the home because they might have conflicted interest when trying to sell the home. Times have changed, I have inspected over 8 thousand homes and just when I think I have seen it all, then I am surprised by something new or someone from the do it yourself-er Yankee who takes it upon them-self to take the electrical panel box cover off and add wires to the front of the box  too the person who does not have any problems with 6 inches of water in their basement.

Home Inspectors in  Massachusetts from Boston and Worcester area are not all the same,  some are associated with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), small independent home Inspectors and  small company’s like Clayton Home Inspection Inc and then there is the larger companies or franchise companies. We all pride ourselves as giving our clients the best inspection possible or as I look at the home, as if I were going to purchase the home. It takes time to do it right because as a home  inspector we have one chance to get it right the first time.

Best of  luck
Thomas Herbst
Clayton home Inspection Inc.
978-897-7167
www.claytonhomeinspection.com

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