True Confession – I married a home inspector

SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 2:  NorthWoods inspe...

That right my now ex-husband is a home inspector.  He did/does great work and I learned a lot about construction and areas to watch out for. 

This “experience” has been invaluable in my Real Estate business.

Tidbits of information –

* New construction is not always free of defects.  They may not yet be apparent.  A home can look great but when you peer behind the curtain you may see a different story. 

*  One property I remember vividly – The woman was meticulous in her maintenance of the main part of the house.  However, when Gary, The Home Inspector, did hit inspection it was a different story.  Plumbing pipes were leaking underfloor, the furnace had a cracked heat exchanger (meaning it was leaking carbon monoxide gas into the house) and the chimney was broken.   The cost to repair/replace was about $15K.

*  Do you think a door was added off of a room to the exterior?  A couple of things to check for – is there a normal height step and an outside light with switch inside?  If not, that might not have a permit

*  Was the kitchen remodeled?  Check for GFI outlets (has the test/reset button on the outlet usually). 

*  New addition?  Check outside to see if the hose bib is equipped with an anti-siphon device.  This is a telltale indication the maybe no permits were pulled for the addition and it is not up to code.

For the small cost of a home inspection, it is imperative to get an inspection.  Go to for a credentialed home inspector.  And if they have actual construction experience that is even better.

Good luck!  Happy house hunting.