Tuesday, January 05, 2010

What is in a name?

What is in a name? I have always took pride in my name and what it represented. Hello, my name is Mark H Roe of 2151 West Fair Ave Lancaster, Ohio 43130. I am the owner of BeSure Home Inspection Service, with 2 websites www.besurehomeinspectionservice.com and www.columbusohiohomeinspection.com . I have been in the home inspection business going on 6 years now. I am a Certified Home Inspector, and I am a proud member of the InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors. I had a client ask me a while back why I take some much time in completing the home inspection? I told her that I inspect each and every home as if I or one of my family members were going to live in the home. So if I just busted through the inspection and collected my money and went on I could. But I take pride in my name and my company name. I want you my client and new family member has a safe home to live in. I will also be able to sleep well knowing that I lived up to the meaning of my great name that my parents bestowed to me when I was born. They also took the time to raise me and educate me in the meaning of my name and for what it stood for. "Stand by your name and your work" If you can not sign your name to it when you are done, do not do the job. I see more and more people out there in this world of Home Inspectors who state this or that when they are on the phone with the client. I am who I am, I am Mark H Roe of BeSure Home Inspection Service from 2151 West Fair Ave, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. Thank you for reading my post, and may you have many happy sales, and inspections

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Friday, January 01, 2010

Energy Audit Inspection

After my last post concerning my new low cost thermal energy audit program. I was asked if I could describe in basic terms what I do when I preform the energy audits. Here is a check list of sorts that even you can do, but I am here to complete it if you want a written report for verification purposes.

Locating Air Leaks

First, make a list of obvious air leaks (drafts). The potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home may range from 5% to 30% per year, and the home is generally much more comfortable afterward. Check for indoor air leaks, such as gaps along the baseboard or edge of the flooring and at junctures of the walls and ceiling. Check to see if air can flow through these places:

·Electrical outlets

·Switch plates

·Window frames


·Weather stripping around doors

·Fireplace dampers

·Attic hatches

•Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners.

Also look for gaps around pipes and wires, electrical outlets, foundation seals, and mail slots. Check to see if the caulking and weather stripping are applied properly, leaving no gaps or cracks, and are in good condition.

Inspect windows and doors for air leaks. See if you can rattle them, since movement means possible air leaks. If you can see daylight around a door or window frame, then the door or window leaks. You can usually seal these leaks by caulking or weather stripping them. Check the storm windows to see if they fit and are not broken. You may also wish to consider replacing your old windows and doors with newer, high-performance ones. If new factory-made doors or windows are too costly, you can install low-cost plastic sheets over the windows.

If you are having difficulty locating leaks, you may want to conduct a basic building pressurization test:

1.First, close all exterior doors, windows, and fireplace flues.
2.Turn off all combustion appliances such as gas burning furnaces and water heaters.
3.Then turn on all exhaust fans (generally located in the kitchen and bathrooms) or use a large window fan to suck the air out of the rooms.

This test increases infiltration through cracks and leaks, making them easier to detect. You can use incense sticks or your damp hand to locate these leaks. If you use incense sticks, moving air will cause the smoke to waver, and if you use your damp hand, any drafts will feel cool to your hand.

On the outside of your house, inspect all areas where two different building materials meet, including:

·All exterior corners

·Where siding and chimneys meet

·Areas where the foundation and the bottom of exterior brick or siding meet.

You should plug and caulk holes or penetrations for faucets, pipes, electric outlets, and wiring. Look for cracks and holes in the mortar, foundation, and siding, and seal them with the appropriate material. Check the exterior caulking around doors and windows, and see whether exterior storm doors and primary doors seal tightly.

When sealing any home, you must always be aware of the danger of indoor air pollution and combustion appliance "back drafts." Back drafting is when the various combustion appliances and exhaust fans in the home compete for air. An exhaust fan may pull the combustion gases back into the living space. This can obviously create a very dangerous and unhealthy situation in the home.

In homes where a fuel is burned (i.e., natural gas, fuel oil, propane, or wood) for heating, be certain the appliance has an adequate air supply. Generally, one square inch of vent opening is required for each 1,000 Btu of appliance input heat. When in doubt, contact your local utility company, energy professional, or ventilation contractor.

I hope that this information will help you in protecting your energy dollars. Remember, I am always here to help answer your questions. You can go to my website for more in depth information. Thanks for reading my post on energy audits, and may you have many happy sales, and inspections.



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The $179 QuickInspect

With today economy and fast pace Real Estate market. I thought I would add a new type of inspection to my business to better serve you and your clients. Thanks for taking the time to look at my post, and may you have many happy sales and inspections.

The $179 QuickInspect is an affordable option for investors, as well as anyone on a budget. As we all know, Time is Money! So, if we can save time, we can save you money. The savings comes in by us not having to spend hours creating a detailed, written inspection report, as this is a verbal walk-through (with you or your representative) of the home.

Basically, we look at the major systems of the house - structure, plumbing, electrical and HVAC - and inform you (or your representative) on the spot. You take notes (written, photos, video &/or audio!) of what we tell you, and that is your list of concerns for that property.



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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Saving Energy Anyway We Can

With the rising cost of energy always on the rise. We need to be always on the look out for way so save energy. One of the cheapest and easiest ways is to check the chalking around your windows and doors. If it is bad or there is none, buy your self a box of chalking and go to work and sealing out the cold drafts that are stealing your hard earned dollars. And of if you look around I am sure you will find alot of things that you can shut off to save money, No I am not saying put it in hibernate or using the off button on the computer or stereo. Use the switch on the surge protector to turn it off, unplug it. Because that little power light you see lite up is burning power. I hope this helps.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all and may you have a safe year and many happy inspections and sales.

Mark H Roe

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Home Buyers
Home Sellers
Real Estate Agents

Buying a home? Make sure it's Move In Certified.
Selling a home? Certify it now!
Homes Pre-Inspected and Ready
Welcome to MoveInCertified.com.

MoveInCertified homes have been pre-inspected by InterNACHI certified inspectors and the sellers confirm that there are no major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement and no known safety hazards.

The inspection reports are hosted on http://www.fetchreport.com/. Ask the listing agent or seller for access to view.

Read recent Los Angeles Times article about seller inspections.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Selling Your Home Faster

The New, National “Move-In Certified” Program

Today’s slower housing market calls for some creative thinking, and the pre-inspected “Move In Certified” program instills buyer confidence. As a participant, you assure the potential buyer that your home is free from any major concerns regarding safety and function, and that a professional, independent Home Inspection report is available for viewing. Other advantages include:

You choose a Certified Inspector rather than be subject to the buyer's choice of inspector.
It will alert you of any immediate safety issues before other agents and potential buyers tour the home
You can assist the inspector during the inspection, something normally not done during a buyer's inspection.
The report can help you realistically price the home.
The report can help you substantiate a higher asking price if problems don't exist or have been corrected.
A Move In Certified Inspection reveals concerns ahead of time which:
gives you time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
permits you to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
removes over-inflated buyer estimates from the negotiation table
Your inspection permits a clean home inspection report to be used as a MARKETING TOOL. Your home can be advertised as pre-inspected with a home warranty.
The deal is less likely to fall apart the way they often do, when a buyer's inspection unexpectedly reveals a problem, last minute.
Your report provides full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.
The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors has designed this new yard sign, which is growing popular with both MLS and FSBO listings across the country.
The purpose of a home inspection is to document the overall condition of the property at the time of the inspection and to ensure that its major systems and components (water heater, heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, etc.) are installed properly and working properly. While some items identified during the course of a home inspection might seem like minor items individually, collectively they could add up to major headaches involving both time and money. If sellers know what to look for, they can resolve many minor items before I come to do the inspection.
Let’s work together to conclude the sale! Below is my “check” list of easily-resolved items commonly found during a home inspection. Completing these repairs before I show up helps ensure that escrow progresses more smoothly:

Check that doorbells work.
Check for missing roof shingles.
Check for loose/damaged/clogged gutters/downspouts.
Check to see if there is standing water, especially near the foundation, after irrigation or rainfall.
Check exterior weatherproofing (stain, paint, etc.).
Check for any wood in direct contact with soil, including fences and gates.
Check for holes and damage to siding, doors, windows, and trim so that structure is weatherproof.
Check for overgrown vegetation, especially in walkways; growing on siding, roof, chimney, fences, or in gutters; or too close to utility lines.
Check for trip hazards in walkways, driveways, and stairways (deterioration, vegetation, etc.)
Check for loose, missing, or rusted guardrails and handrails at stairways, decks, balconies, and porches.

Check that carbon monoxide alarms work.
Check that smoke alarms work, and that they are present on each floor of multi-story houses.
Check for loose kitchen and bathroom countertops.
Check for moisture stains on ceilings and walls; around doors and windows; near sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers; and near the dishwasher.
Check for loose, missing, or damaged guardrails and handrails in stairways.
Check for cracked tiles or deteriorated grouting in kitchen and bathrooms.
Check that kitchen appliances work.

Check that stoppers work in bathtubs and sinks.
Check for clogged drains.
Check that toilet seat bolts and screws are tight.
Check that faucets don’t drip or leak around the base.
Check condition of caulk/grout in bathtubs/showers.
Check for loose toilets and loose toilet tanks.

Check for safe and easy access to electric panels and main circuit breaker.
Check that ceiling fans work on all speeds.
Check for burned out light bulbs, including ceiling fans.
Check for damaged or loose outlets and light switches, including covers for outlets and switches.
Check that outlets work.
Check for properly working GFCI outlets in kitchen, bathrooms, garage, and exterior.
Check that exhaust fans work in kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry area.
Check that any electrical junction boxes have covers, especially in basements and garages.

Check that filters are clean (heating and cooling, kitchen range hood, bathroom exhaust fans, etc.)
Check that dogs or cats are secured or vacationing for a few hours with a family member or friend.
Certain items should be inspected annually due to their inherently dangerous nature. These include gas-using appliances, pool and spa equipment and utilities, roof, and the fireplace and chimney. If they have not been inspected within the last 12 months, having it done now can make escrow go more smoothly.
Check that the fireplace damper opens/closes easily.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that the fireplace and chimney undergo a Level II inspection any time real estate ownership is transferred, and I recommend having that done prior to the buyer’s inspection.
Check for receipts and warranty papers for any work done on the property, particularly for inspections and work done to prepare the property for sale.
Contact me for a pre-listing inspection to determine major defects. Identifying them now can make escrow go more smoothly.

NACHI, the nation’s largest home inspection association, knows that pre-inspected homes sell faster, and at a higher price, than those that get traditionally inspected by buyers at the eleventh hour. Having the “Move In Certified” sign in your yard will help you sell your home more quickly and effectively!

Give Mark H Roe Of BeSure Home Inspection Service a call today for more information or to schedule an appointement. At http://www.besurehomeinspectionservice.com/ or call 614-559-4655 - Cell: 740-503-8819

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Bringing Clean Air to Life

Welcome to the International Association of Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2).
IAC2 is the non-profit, certifying body for home and building inspectors who have fulfilled certain educational and testing requirements including those in the area of indoor air quality.
Indoor air quality issues include Mold, Radon, Biologicals, Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Pesticides, Asbestos and Lead.
IAC2 Certified inspectors have fulfilled the following minimum requirements:
IAC2 Certified inspectors are all members in good standing of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) which is the largest inspection association in the world with strict membership requirements.
IAC2 Certified inspectors have all completed at least one additional 8 hour approved indoor air inspection-related course.
To find an IAC2 Certified inspector in your neighborhood visit our members page.

IAC2 Certified!