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  Ever run across a property that is a little different than expected? Of course, we all do from time to time.  Yesterday was one of those days. I went to inspect a house that I was told was being rented out as a duplex and had already been inspected, they just wanted more information about the r...
3 Must-Do Home Inspections Before Listing Your Home "Oh, my house is in perfect condition! I have annual maintenance performed on everything ‘mechanical’ in my home and take care of any issues right away. I don’t NEED an inspection – it’s a waste of money!” Agents hear this from homeowners to wh...
     I have had a slow week, and figured that some of the many new low-balling inspectors are taking some of the market share. Turns out I was probably right. I had an listing agent call me earlier in the week because the deal fell through for her sellers, due to an inaccurate inspection report. ...
Thanks for the info Jay, I have found that my infrared thermal camera proves to be an invaluable tool for inspections. It is the main tool in my box. New Construction - and a double-pane glass bull's eye.  I have had double-pane glass bull's eye blogs before, but never one with sliding glass door...
  I was inspecting an especially dirty and "deferred maintenance" type home this morning and thinking to myself, how did I get here and why am I doing this. Kind of a bummer working through and around the mess. Then my phone dinged that I got an email and this is what it said:"I would like to say...
Buying a home is exhilarating. It is not only a time of excitement and joy, but also a time for making decisions and to-do lists. The home inspection is a very important step in that process, but for some it can be a bit scary. Really us? No! Please don't be scared of little ol' me :)   Here are...
I am excited to add Aerial photography to my list of skills offered. With the new Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 107. After passing the FAA airman knowledge test and applying for the remote pilot certificate, I am now able to use my drone for commercial purposes, includ...
I run across this condition quite often. Usually in older homes that have been modified or remodeled. I would say about 80% of the finished basements in this area may have been done without a permit. How NOT to create two new circuits to finish a basement. This house boasted a newly-finished base...
Many insulation studies have come to the rule of thumb consideration that can be called The 5% Rule of Missing Insulation. Basically stated, if a given area, say a wall or ceiling in a room in a home, is missing 5% of insulation, that missing 5% will cause a more than 50% loss in R-value for tha...
I run across this all the time, sometimes it is in hard to reach concealed areas, where it would be very difficult to correct. Until the use of thermal imaging, a lot of these areas have gone undetected. The insulation prediction becomes reality.  "Our pillows are cold!" Sometimes when home inspe...

Brian Persons

Certified Master Inspector/Associate Broker
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Inspecting Northern Colorado for over 20 years