Don’t forget to change those filters! Mark your phone’s calendar and you’ll be reminded to do this task. Don’t let the filter turn into a warm, fuzzy blanket! For 1- to 2-inch filters, replace every 1 to 3 months. For
We Salute You, Mr. 64 Year Old Furnace!!
According to our memory here, the oldest furnace we have ever seen on an inspection was from 1967. Well, this beauty has it beat! Big time! 1956!! This grand old thing is still humming away, and in fact, the maintenance
Smoke Detectors 101
I routinely preach in my home inspection walk-throughs and reports – the need to add, update or replace the smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors in the house I’m inspecting for improving home safety. I’ve seen many instances where there
Orangeburg Tile – What is it?
In every inspection of a house in Ann Arbor that is on City water service – I highly recommend each time having a plumber come and scope your sewer lines with a camera. This will show you very clearly if
Free energy efficient stuff!
I responded to an email a few months ago from DTE Energy. A month later I get a super cool box of energy efficient products and gizmos sent free of charge! What was in the box you ask? Well – bathroom
Mid-Century Modern Home Inspections!
Here’s a cool photo of the front entry of a mid-century (1957) home I recently inspected here in Ann Arbor. New home, old home – somewhere in the middle (ala Mid-Century), we have your inspection needs covered!
Rekeying your new home
A constantly repeated written statement in my reports is to recommend replacing the locks or rekeying the cylinders on all doors. Most people usually hand over all sets of keys to the new owners at the time of closing. However, many sets
Crazy “Fixes” seen at home inspections!
Look closely during an inspection and you might just find some interesting “fixes”! A general search online of “crazy things seen by home inspectors” will garner you hours of browsing fun! Here at Ann Arbor Inspections, we recommend having things operating
Home Inspection Dandy of the Week!
Sometimes seeing things like this make my day! I bet more time was spent in hand-crafting this faceplate and junction box than to just lower the receptacle and repair the wall! This image (taken from the internet) shows a great example
Rain Barrels and Downspouts
I came across this dandy during a home inspection recently. I always preach “move the water away from your home” but this one really made me chuckle! Move the downspout away but don’t create a giant tripping hazard right at your