Tri-County Home Inspector Blog

At Tri-County Inspections, in the Greater Cleveland area, our objective is to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your investment. This blog is for interesting news and information related to the home inspection industry, home buying or home selling. We hope you enjoy!

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Buying a house? Selling a house? Whether you're buying a house or considering selling your own, a home inspection from Tri-County Inspections of the Greater Cleveland area is designed to provide you with the information you'll need to inform your decisions. Buyers: A home inspection when you’re the buyer is critical to negotiating a fair price based on maintenance due and other anticipated expenses – or to discover that the home has little to no deferred maintenance and pursue your purchase with more vigor and confidence. Sellers: Getting a thorough home inspection before you list a home can determine if there are updates that will come-up when the potential buyer gets a home inspection and allow you to make repairs and upgrades before you list, or to price the home accordingly and eliminate surprises. 

Below our some interesting posts that should help set your expectations regarding home inspections. Call us to schedule your inspection today!

Prelisting Inspection reveals mold in attic

Prelisting Inspection Reveals Rotting Trim and Mold in Attic

A prelisting home inspection from Tri County Home Inspections offers sellers invaluable insight into the condition of their property before it hits the market. These sellers, by engaging the expertise of a qualified home inspector, gained a comprehensive understanding of any underlying issues or potential concerns within their home. As it turns out, their home has no big issues that would lengthen the buying process. We found some rotting trim and a minor attic ventilation issue that can easily be addressed before listing the house for sale. This proactive approach allows sellers to address repairs or updates in advance, ultimately…

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It’s Important: Home Inspection For New Construction

In this circumstance, a home inspector has the opportunity to see inside your walls as well as the finished product. Before the drywall is installed, it would be very beneficial to have the progress inspected in addition to a final inspection when the house is complete. This may seem like an unnecessary expense, however in the long run this could save you troubles and money. According to ReMax Realty there are Four major reasons you need to have your new build inspected. A home inspection is different from the final walk-through with the builder. Unlike during a walk-through, a professional home…

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Do you need a home inspection for new construction? yes!

Do I Need a Home Inspection on a New Construction Home?

Yes. It is worth every penny to get a home inspection on your new construction home. No doubt. As we posted a few years ago in “Do I Need a Home Inspection for a New Construction Home?” and as Realtor.com published in Should You Hire a Home Inspector for a New House? you do not want to rely on the builder to tell you if the house is built to code or has defects. According to Realtor.com, a real estate publication that does not profit from home inspections: In fact, if you’re buying a home under construction, you should hire…

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Pushmatic Electric panel in Home Inspection

Will Pushmatic Electrical Panel Pass a Home Inspection?

The Pushmatic electric panel with the Bulldog brand can be found in homes today and dates back to the 1950’s through the 1960’s. There has never been an actual recall of the Pushmatic, however it is known that over time they can become very stiff and difficult to operate or reset. This results in the on/off flag sticking in either position, giving you a false indication of the condition of the circuit. Some people today would tell you that there is significant shock hazard and should be replaced. With this information some people wonder if their home will “pass” a…

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Can I Clean a Rusty Electrical Panel?

Can I Clean a Rusty Electrical Panel?

No. Many new home buyers may see a rusty electrical panel and think the house is “about to blow”. It is not.  And as home inspectors we spend extra time explaining to new home owners that every house has issues. Our job is to figure out which issues you want to take care of immediately and which ones you add to your list for later. In many cases a little rust in the electrical panel can be caused by damp air and handled with limited maintenance. With minor rust in an electrical panel you can remove the rust, prime and…

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cancel home inspection rain

Never Cancel a Home Inspection for Rain

If you’re buying a home from a private seller you could be subject to any litany of strange dealings, and canceling a home inspection is a HUGE red flag.  Why would anyone cancel a home inspection? At the time of this blog post the market in Cleveland is considered a “sellers market” with 64% of homes sold under 30 days and 57% at asking price or over asking price. Many times these conditions lead sellers to (mistakenly) assume they should cut out a Realtor all together and sell their home privately, or For Sale By Owner. If you’re buying from…

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What Does a Drone Roof Inspection Cost?

How Much Is a Drone Roof Inspection? Free with a Tri-County Home Inspection.

According to Forbes Home, a drone roof inspection can cost between $150-400. So why does Tri-County Inspections include a free drone roof inspection with your standard home inspection?  During our general home inspection Mike and his team inspect more than 400 items and provide 200+ color photos across several categories including, but not limited to: • Exterior Home Components: Driveway, Walkway, Stairs, Doors, Siding, Trim, Electrical Meter, Gas Meter, Outlets, Fixtures, Outside Faucets, Fencing, Retaining Walls, Outlets, Lot Condition, Trees, Bushes and Shrubs • Electrical Systems: All outlets, GFCI’s, Electrical Panels (main and sub) • Overhead Service: Roof, Gutters, Flashing, Skylights, Chimney…

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Is a Sewer Scope Inspection Worth It?

Is a Sewer Scope Inspection Worth It?

You’re buying a house and getting hit up for all kinds of inspections – a home inspection, a radon inspection, a pest inspection and now a sewer scope inspection?!? So how do you figure out if a sewer scope is worth it? In this video Mike Vakos shows us a sewer scope inspection that reveals roots starting to penetrate the lines twenty-one feet in. This is information that can help negotiate with the seller, avoid buying the house or start saving up for a sewer line repair. Is a Sewer Scope Inspection Worth the $250? In order to decide whether…

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Sewer Scope Inspection Cleveland

Why Add a Sewer Scope Inspection to Your Home Inspection?

In this video Mike Vakos shows us what a sewer scope inspection is and why you might want one.  When you’re buying a home and deciding what to add on to your home inspection, what you add on is definitely a personal choice.  Just like a radon test, mold testing and other inspection services, how a customer weighs the costs and benefits is unique to their situation. With every home inspection we test the toilets and the sinks and make sure water is running and flowing in the right direction. However, we can not see what’s going on in the…

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Cleveland Home Inspector

Home Inspector Does “Gross”

Do you have a property in poor condition? Are you looking at a property that is a total mess? Many home inspectors will turn down an inspection of a home with areas that could be toxic with mold, biohazards, animal waste, ect. Do not bypass an inspection because it is difficult to find an inspector; Tri-County Inspections is not afraid to take on gross. At Tri-County we have the equipment to keep our inspectors safe so that they can prepare a proper inspection of a house in unsanitary conditions.  As an owner of rental properties in Cleveland himself, Mike Vakos…

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Avon Lake Home Inspection

Home Inspector Finds Rotting Wood Siding

Our home inspector, Mike Vakos, shows how soil and mulch built up against wooden siding can, and does, cause rotting wood. He explains what to look for in this Avon Lake Home Inspection. When you’re buying a home the last thing you’re looking at is the exterior soil and mulch and whether or not it is in contact with the siding. That is one reason why getting a home inspection is so important. Leave it to a professional to give guidance as to whether or not a house will be a good investment. Finding a thorough home inspector means you…

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Akron Home Inspection

Akron Home Inspection: Underground Drainage Tips

In today’s market we know many homebuyers are considering forgoing the home inspection as they are trying to win in a multiple bid situation, and we understand. However, we can give you countless reasons why you should get a home inspection. Buying a home may prove to be your biggest investment and you do not want to leave anything unknown and uncovered. Having a home inspection can save you money and give you leverage to negotiate the purchase price. Mike Vakos, owner and lead home inspector of Tri-County Inspections, adds short informational videos to the Tri-County YouTube Channel to help buyers…

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Mouse In Electrical Panel: Caught In Home Inspection

Wondering if you should get a home inspection? Why should you get one and what is it for anyway? At Tri-County Inspections we’re regularly making videos of things that often come up in a home inspection.  We know buyers may be tempted to skip the home inspection in order to win a bid. Mike Vakos, owner and lead home inspector of Tri-County Inspections, wants to remind buyers that if you waive the home inspection when making the offer it is still wise to get the home inspection before moving in. A home inspection will inspect all the components that make…

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Electrical Hazards Addressed in an Elyria Home Inspection

Cleveland is a sellers market, so why get a Cleveland home inspection? With homes selling so fast, you may be tempted to skip getting a home inspection, especially if you find yourself in a multiple bid situation. Check out this post, “Should I Waive the Home Inspection in a Seller’s Market to Win a Multiple Bid Situation?”  Mike Vakos, owner and lead home inspector at Tri-County Inspections makes short videos to help new home buyers understand the types of preventative measures you can uncover in a home inspection, like this rusted meter and corroded electrical wires found at this Elyria home…

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Double Tapped Breaker: What A Cleveland Home Inspector Finds

Wondering if you really need a home inspection? What is the purpose of a home inspection and what are you likely to find? At Tri-County Inspections we regularly take videos of common issues like today’s topic of double tapped breakers. We know as buyers hope to come up with the best accepted offer, they may consider opting not to get the home inspection. Mike Vakos, owner and lead home inspector of Tri-County Inspections, wants to remind buyers that if you waive the home inspection when making the offer it is not too late, but still wise to get the home…

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Home Inspection Finds Missing Gutters

How important are gutters to  a detached garage? This may be a detail you could overlook without a qualified home inspector. Even your detached garage needs to have proper drainage of water in order to avoid damage over time. Standing water that is not directed away from a structure, in this case a garage, will cause damage and possibly even mold growth. At Tri-County Inspections, a home inspection company in the Cleveland area, we make time to inspect the roof, even the ones on a detached structure. In addition, we want to make sure you will not purchase a home…

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Flat Roof: What You Need to Know

Problematic Rolled Roofing Are you knowledgeable about flat roofs, their construction, and the materials used? If you said no, then you know a home inspection is really important when purchasing a new home. Therefore, if you can spot potential or present problems in a roof you can make an informed decision about the home you want to purchase. When a roof is flat, it can be commonly found for the roof to be covered with rolled roofing material. The rolled roof is installed as opposed to roof shingles and then the seams connecting the rolled roofing are tarred. Furthermore this…

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Cleveland Home Inspector Explains GFCI Outlets

If you are purchasing a new home, you may have some questions regarding GFCI outlets in your new home. More specifically which outlets in a downstream need to be GFCI Outlets. You may not be extremely knowledgeable about the electrical requirements in your new home and that’s why it is so important to have an experienced and qualified inspector. A GFCI outlet or a Ground-Fault Circuit Interruptor is put in place to protect you from electrical shock. When you plug in an appliance, the GFCI outlet will track the amount of power flowing to the device. If the GFCI detects…

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Amherst roof inspections

Amherst Roof Inspection:Spotting Amateur Repairs

If you are purchasing a new home, a roof inspection to spot amateur repairs and other potential problems will be important. Are you familiar with the parts of a roof and chimney? Would you be able to spot a sloppy repair to your potential new home? One important part of a chimney is the flashing that is a roof flashing. You should find roof flashing at the base of a chimney that creates a waterproof seal to protect your chimney and roof from water damage and penetration. Any damage to the flashing on the chimney or even a sloppy repair…

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Cleveland Commercial Inspection

Commercial Inspection: Standing Water on Roof

There are many commercial properties that are designed with flat roofs. When a commercial inspection reveals standing water on the roof, are you aware of specific things to consider and have inspected about a flat roof  when purchasing a property? When Tri-County Inspections Owner, Mike Vakos evaluates the Roof of a Cleveland Commercial Property he points out several important factors about flat roofs and why they might be holding standing water. A flat roof should have a roof drain in order to get rid of water in the event of heavy rains. If anything is plugging or obstructing the roof…

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Tri-County Inspections home inspectors deliver everything from thorough home inspections with radon testing, mold testing and septic testing add-ons to brief walk-through inspections across ten Ohio counties including: Lorain CountyCuyahoga CountyLake CountyMedina CountySummit County, Wayne CountyHolmes CountyGeauga CountyPortage County, and Stark County. We are also the Cleveland landlords' choice for lead inspection services.

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