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The Inside Outside Guys ~ Home Inspections

From The Detroit News | By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein

DETROIT, March 2, 2023 ~ Every building needs one, even new ones. Years ago, a friend called the Inside Guy.

It seems his daughter and son-in-law, a professional athlete assigned out of state, had commissioned the construction of a new home here in the Metro Detroit area and were about to close on the completed project. He asked for an examination on behalf of the absentee owners to assure it had been built to specification and code.

A subsequent inspection of the property uncovered several minor and easily corrected issues and one potential problem the owners may likely have never discovered.


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The house included a large, steep-pitched roof with many offsets. As we have heard Mike Kearns from Kearns Brothers Roofing in Livonia say many times, proper attic ventilation is critical to the life of the roof system.

Improperly placed intake and exhaust vents in a roof with many offsets can render ventilation ineffective and this roof was a prime example. The potential issues over time from this could have represented many thousands of dollars in damages.

But a timely inspection uncovered the misstep before any problems could arise.

Pre-purchase home inspections gained a lot of attention when real estate professionals began to advise home buyers to seek an un-biased and professional opinion of the property.

This was driven by good business practice as well as the emergence of liability concerns that included everything from safety and code issues to the use of building products containing lead, asbestos, urea formaldehyde foam insulation, and others.

The Guys suggest pre-purchase and even pre-sale inspections with one strong caveat; hire an experienced and qualified inspector. Prepare a written list of questions and concerns and ask the inspector if you can observe them during the process.

Michigan does not license home inspectors. Note the distinction between code enforcement officials who require training and work for jurisdictions, and independent property inspectors. A professional inspector will typically belong to a recognized national group like the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), or the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). They may also have a certification from a national testing agency such as PSI.


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