Your First of April Home Inspection Primer



Dear Renata;


The April Fool's Day tradition is to try to trick someone into believing something is true when it isn't. In NBI's line of work, we find the opposite: We are surprised by what "foolish" things people actually have done to their homes! This month's Spot the Problem is a classic example. Find it here. 



The Life Expectancy  

of Household Components  



When working on home inspections, we get a lot of questions from clients about the life expectancy of various features or fixtures in the home:

  • "How long should a gas or electric range last?"
  • "How many more years could we get out of that heater if its five years old now?"
  • "When am I going to have to replace that dishwasher?"

These clients are mentally trying to assess future investments they might have to make, and how soon they may have to do so.


While we cannot predict how well a particular appliance has been made, or how well the previous owner treated it, we do share what we know about average lifespans for most household components.

And so can you, with a little help from the internet. Here is one of the websites we check in with that has a lengthy list that covers a lot of the questions you and your clients may have:


Old House Web


Here are what our inspectors report as the home components clients ask about most often:



 We are great home inspectors , but we assess the condition of the property as it stands today. All life expectancy prognostications we may give you must be taken with a few grains of salt!


As an example, an electric range should last 17 years "on average." But our own marketing guy just had his fail dramatically (with sparks and flame!) after just 14 years. So, yours might last 20 with no issues to keep the average at 17!


Let us know if you need more information like this to help you manage client expectations about future maintenance needs in a house they are considering. 


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_spottheproblemSPOT THE PROBLEM: What issue did our NBI inspector immediately see with this brand new furnace attic installation?

Your answer is below... 



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Your Spot the Problem Answer:


If you said "it's not upright," you are half right! In fact, per all manufacturers' specifications, power-vented forced air gas furnaces may be installed in a horizontal position on either sides (or upright, of course). However, they must NOT be installed on their back. Installing a furnace on its back will cause condensation build-up in the heat exchangers (like water in a p-trap under a sink), which could result is corrosion and failure of the heat exchangers. This method of installation will also increase strain on the induced draft motor, resulting in improper ventilation of the carbon monoxide being produced.



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Keep us on your referral list. We are ready to make you look good and get your deals closed promptly! 



Robert Swickard
President of NBI



As our main article notes, we get lots of questions about how long appliances and other home features can last. 


We also get questions about how to eradicate pest infestations. In this case we have to defer you to the experts: We conduct pest inspections, but do not perform corrective or restorative work (we feel this maintains our objectivity as inspectors.)


We cannot pass judgment on the best treatment for eradicating pests we may find.

However, if you need some referrals to reliable exterminators, let us know! 





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