Apparently we have a secret rooftop smoker? This habit isn’t just bad for their lungs. Seriously, that’s a lot of butts, though.

Every week, the detail-oriented folks at Green Scene Home Inspections will give CandysDirt.com readers an education in inspection. Want to see what they see? Tune in  for “Upon Closer Inspection.”

This time of year, the weather in North Texas can be pretty unpredictable, to say the least. When there is Big Texas Weather, you need your home to be performing at its best.

Rain gutters are one of those things that you don’t pay much attention to unless they’re not doing their job. These handy devices are meant to help rain flow away from your house and keep from collecting places you don’t want it. 

Because they can go unnoticed, lots of folks forget to maintain their rain gutters, which in our business means that rain gutters come up on a lot of inspection reports. Here are some particularly egregious examples:

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That’s not how you use caulk. #DIYFail

Every week, the detail-oriented folks at Green Scene Home Inspections will give CandysDirt.com readers an education in inspection. Want to see what they see? Tune in  for “Upon Closer Inspection.”

One of the things home inspectors run into a lot is homeowners who have attempted DIY repairs and renovations with limited success… or in some cases epic fails. This week’s Upon Further Inspection is devoted to DIY Fails.

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In North Texas, foundation issues are pretty much a given. However, there are some things you should look for when home shopping.

Every week, the detail-oriented folks at Green Scene Home Inspections will give CandysDirt.com readers an education in inspection. Want to see what they see? Tune in  for “Upon Closer Inspection.”

When you’re buying a home, we advise people that the major areas of consideration are the roof, plumbing, electricity, HVAC, and the foundation. These are your bigger ticket items, so if something is amiss, you may have costly repairs on your hands at some point.

If you’re buying a home in North Texas, foundation issues are almost a given, so this is an area you’ll want to pay close attention to as you shop for homes. 

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Every week, the detail-oriented folks at Green Scene Home Inspections will give CandysDirt.com readers an education in inspection. Want to see what they see? Tune in every Wednesday for “Upon Closer Inspection.”

One of the biggest issues we find in the attic is water getting where it shouldn’t be. In the above photo, you can see that the roof decking in the attic has water stains. The water is getting in through poor flashing around the chimney on the roof.

Flashing is material (usually aluminum or steel) placed around edges and joints to keep water from seeping in. The brick section you see in the photo is where the chimney comes through the attic. Over time, flashing can pull away from the surface and allow water to penetrate. See below for a picture of correct chimney flashing.

Correct chimney flashing

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Clayton Bailey

“That’s going to get flagged by the home inspector.”

These words, no matter how deftly delivered, can strike fear into the heart of every home seller. So who are these “inspectors” that can make your knees tremble and hold your home hostage from a quick sale?

They are really your ally, whether you’re selling or buying. They’re the gatekeepers that protect buyers from things that are not readily evident, like old electrical wiring or a pipe about to fail. They also protect sellers from losing a sale by revealing issues that can be remedied prior to putting the home on the market. They are a necessity and we’re lucky to have some great inspectors in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Clayton Bailey owns Green Scene Home Inspections in Dallas. He’s heavily involved in supporting the real estate community, always volunteering and, full disclosure, helped me get through a giant rope spider maze, during our training with the  MetroTex Leadership Academy. He’s a good guy. Bailey took time out of crawling under houses and through attics to answer a few questions for us. (more…)