Saturday, May 6, 2023

Winner of our $100 Gas Card Drawing for April


Winner of our $100 Gas Card Drawing for April 


Ricardo Harley


Pioneer Realty


Our inspectors love working with Ricardo and his clients. Ricardo is old school kind, respectful, courteous and generous with praise for our work. I well recall our first experience together and the discomfort we had to overcome. Starting with a new, untried home inspector can be stressful.  We have had a few which didn’t go well. He handled that like a champ, moving on to other options with additional inspections for us. Ricardo places what is best for his clients above his own interests which makes him the type agent we prefer to work with. We can’t wait to work with you again Ricardo!!! 

I will be contacting Ricardo to find out whether he prefers a Sheetz or Speedway card which he will receive shortly in an email. Hey Ricardo  - Become eligible for the next drawing by following the instructions below. Your card will not be re-entered. 

Word to the wise, we are having a terrible time remembering to get one of your business cards at our inspections. We haven't done a very good job of that. It is our fault so we have changed the process. For every inspection we have, with one of your clients, we are now creating a card to enter in the drawing. There are also other ways to be eligible. Let’s fill the drawing cage up with cards for 2023. We have emptied the cage and starting over for 2023. 

Question is how do YOU win the one for May? Find out here:

Friday, April 21, 2023



Unethical is a huge dangerous word. Interestingly, I don’t recall ever being referred to as unethical until I entered the home inspection business. I am now referred to as unethical by a large number of disgruntled real estate agents. Sorry to surprise you but there is a very large number of agents who don’t care for me, anything I do, or how I do it. I am sure that occurs a great deal in private conversations but it is beyond evident when some action trips their trigger and they begin comments in a large public forum, typically with indisputable, unethical actions, comments and suggestions on their own part. For over 25 years I have tolerated this over and over again at different volumes and different capacities. I can’t even count how many times I have been told, heard it said, or read, that I was going to be reported for my unethical behavior. Amazingly, that has not occurred one single time as there is nothing to report other than their disagreement and dissatisfaction with how I run my business. 

Why is this the case. It’s very simple to explain. As home inspectors we often think of ourselves as doctors of houses. Nothing could be farther from reality. Medical doctors subscribe to the Hippocratic oath part of which is a commitment to “Do No Harm”. As a builder, I never subscribed to such an oath but it is generally accepted that we “Do No Harm”. As a home and commercial building inspector my job is literally to Do Harm. Yes, I am tasked with finding what is wrong with a property, detail that in a written report our clients use to demand things such as expensive repairs, financial reparations or even worse to walk away from a transaction leaving everyone involved in the transaction miffed and unhappy. Whose fault was it? Obviously, MINE as it was such a HAPPY HOME before I arrived. Yes, what I do harms many involved in these transactions. I totally get it and couldn’t be more upset and saddened at my negative findings in any home. Worse when my findings end up expensive or “killing a deal”. It is not my idea of how a day should end. That said it is what it is and I have never written up an issue that didn’t exist, or misrepresented any issue that I am aware of. In fact I work very hard attempting to represent issues in their proper perspective.

Interestingly, I have repeatedly been advised that I have adequate evidence to bring a few agents up on ethical grounds not to mention their repeated attempts to financially harm me and my business on legal grounds. I have enough on some to cause their license to be suspended or removed. Why don’t I take such actions my attorneys constantly encourage? Simple, it it is not the way I roll. I will function around them using their inappropriate actions to literally grow my business with those who observe and question their unethical, some illegal, actions and turn to me for inspection bookings. Why, because if these folk are so upset and belligerent because I did my job leading to harming them I must be very good at what I do. 

As part of this I would like to offer a huge outpouring of gratitude to all of the agents who honestly care for their clients and are elated at my findings, even when it may cost a great deal, or kill their transaction. They keep coming back over and over even considering the harm I may have done them in this process of simply doing what I am hired and paid to accomplish. 

It goes beyond just agents but also friends, family, former business associates and past inspection and construction clients. This most recent occurrence is not the first time many have risen to my defense and hopefully will not be the last. As part of this I would like to humbly offer my thanks to two who stepped forward this time. If you aren’t aware of who they are then you are not likely well connected to the real estate, business or political world. I am proud to refer to them as “FRIENDS” and am forever grateful for their involvement in my life. There are hundreds of others who will go unacknowledged this time around but you can be assured that I well know who you are and appreciate your support and friendship. These two did it in a very public forum that I can share. It is my great honor to be able to share this. These are examples of how I was accustomed to being treated throughout my construction career. I have been forced to accept what is so very different in by current career dealing with listing agents and their sellers. Such takes a great deal of joy out of my life. That’s fine I wasn’t seeking joy in the first place. I seek unquestioned accomplishments. If lack of joy is part of the expense of that, so be it. 

Saturday, April 8, 2023

Leaning floor support columns


Our Home Inspector, Josh Hedges, conducting a one year warranty inspection on a new construction home. Apparently, this mason had a little too much liquor as he was working, didn’t have his level with him, didn’t possess one, or didn’t know the meaning of the word PLUMB. These should have all been torn down and built correctly. They still need to be. This is the way new construction is supposed to look. Right? 

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Mold in homes far from a new issue - Addressed in the Bible

Today is Palm Sunday. As a former Sunday School Teacher, Theology Student, Preacher, Construction Executive and Home Inspector, thought I would share todays lesson on mold in your home. If you imagine this is a new issue you haven’t been paying attention. 

The Bible the worlds oldest mold remediation guide
(Click Link Below)

By popular demand we will soon be offering mold inspections and testing as an optional part of our home inspections and as a stand alone service. Coming Soon at 

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Damaged Engineered Floor Joist

Front a Facebook Post: New construction, you be the inspector. Photos by our own Joshua Hedges This is one of the builders, if they were aware, ban us from their jobs, who many Realtors love and play that game with. We have found similar and worse structural issues on almost every one of their homes we have inspected. We have found similar and worse on homes by the companies some of their superintendents formerly worked for. It is a pattern. We don't do code but this is a code enforcement violation and should have been caught by the code enforcement inspectors, and repaired, long before our arrival. This repair requires a structural engineers design and will need certification of the repair. On a worse note this is over a basement and if this had been a finished ceiling no one would be aware till this floor structure failed. Are you awake yet? 

If you don't have your newly constructed home inspected, by an experienced, competent, home inspector (yes some are not) or you are a Realtor and not having a release form signed by your client who refused an inspection, or you are discouraging your client from having a home inspection, you are simply a fool. I may not be paid for an inspection but I will likely be paid as an expert witness in court as part of the potential lawsuit for potential massive damage when an issue like this fails. Guess who will be part of that lawsuit. The builder, the plumbing subcontractor, the Realtor and the Home Inspector who may have failed to catch this and include it in their report. 

Need a newly constructed home inspected by experienced, competent home inspectors? It is why we live and breath. Or you can continue to play the game with builders like this one. You will be the loser. 

My Realtor wife said that I was being very sassy. It is how most Realtors see me, even her. Yep, about time someone gets sassy about issues like this. Personally I am tired of addressing it, for 25 years, and obviously being ignored. Currently, for the most part, it is only home inspectors who are finding these type issues leading to their repair. Do you wonder what is in that home you purchased and didn't have inspected. No problem, we can address that as well.

Training Young Home Inspectors

 Cheick out this Facebook post about how young we are trinaing home inspectors:

Architectural Detail - On a Door Hinge

From a Facebook post: Imagine a time, and place, when this extent of detail was important on a door hinge. Imagine the rest of this home. WOW

Roof Truss Modification


Copied from a Facebook post: "This truss was modified to accommodate for the heat pump air handler duct work. Any modifications or splices to a truss system must be evaluated and approved by a structural engineer." Comment and photos by our own Joshua Hedges

Winner of our $100 Gas Card Drawing for March


Winner of our $100 Gas Card Drawing for March 


Frida Maria Creech


NorthGroup Real Estate


Our inspector, Josh Hedges, did two inspections for Frida’s clients in the Triad, although she is an agent in Huntersville in the Charlotte market. We seldom know where many of our inspection bookings come from but it isn’t unusual for a client or their agent to discover us on the internet. In actuality, more of our business, apparently, originates from the internet than any other source. 

I will be contacting Frida to find out whether she prefers a Sheetz or Speedway card which she will receive shortly in an email. Hey Frida - Become eligible for the next drawing by following the instructions below. Your card will not be re-entered. 

Word to the wise, we are having a terrible time remembering to get one of your business cards at our inspections. We haven't done a very good job of that. It is our fault so we have changed the process. For every inspection we have, with one of your clients, we are now creating a card to enter in the drawing. There are also other ways to be eligible. Let’s fill the drawing cage up with cards for 2023. We have emptied the cage and starting over for 2023. 

Question is how do YOU win the one for April? Find out here:

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

What are these homeowners breathing?

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Is this missing from your range?

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Damaged structural wood roof system trusses


Wood structural roof trusses are designed for a much heavier load than they will typically ever experience. It is assumed that at some point in their life, in the triad, they may experience as much as a two foot snow load. Who has witnessed that in the triad? We fail to realize that our roof structures experience massive stress during the re-roofing process from the weight of stored shingles and men working. We also fail to realize that trusses are designed for the minimum use of material causing every individual component to have major importance. One small failure can cause stress to be placed on other members they were not designed to handle. Why our inspectors are so picky about damage like this. To someone who doesn’t understand, this appears minor. It is not minor. It is very likely that all of these truss members failed, at their weakest points, many at knots, during the re-roofing of this home. Do you image a roofer knows, cares, or looks for this? You can be assured that they don’t. Nor do you. This is what you are likely completely unaware of. This is why, as home inspectors, we do what we do. Photos by our own inspector Joshua Hedges
Is your attic like this one? (copied and modified from a Facebook post)