Attending the inspection

Dear Scott,

I just spoke with your company and then found your blog. The person I spoke with on the phone encouraged me to attend the inspection in its entirety. Is that really necessary?

Mary Ann


Dear Mary Ann,

Seller home during the inspection

Dear Scott,

We just had our home inspection and the seller was home and followed us around. This was uncomfortable but I can deal with it. The problem was whatever the home inspector said was wrong the seller discounted or downplayed it and so did my Realtor.


Dear Charles,

Too short an inspection

Dear Scott,

We just had our home inspection. The inspector was there for about an hour and told us there wasn’t anything wrong but the grade is toward the house. This is an older home, well-kept but I have a hard time believing there isn’t anything else wrong. Am I worrying for nothing?


Dear Dorothy,

Upgrading kitchen outlets

Dear Scott,

We just had our house inspected and the inspector called out “Recommend upgrading kitchen outlets to GFCI protected outlets”. My house is 1952; do I have to do this?



Spring Home Maintenance

Spring Home Maintenance


1.  Prevent Water Penetration

Vermiculite Insulation

What is Vermiculite?

Vermiculite is a silver-gold to gray-brown mineral that is flat and shiny in its natural state. When heated to around 1000 degrees C, it pops (or puffs up) which creates pockets of air. This expanded form, and the fact that vermiculite does not burn, made the material suitable for use as insulation.

Is all vermiculite a health concern?

Vermiculite itself has not been shown to be a health problem. However, some vermiculite insulation contained asbestos fibers, which can cause problems if inhaled. As long as this kind of vermiculite-based insulation remains undisturbed behind intact walls or in attic spaces and does not become airborne, it should not be a concern. The concern for homeowners may come when additional insulation may need to be added or when electrical work must be done, including the simple changing of a fixture if the ceiling is directly below the attic. Many contractors will not enter the attic if known vermiculite is present. Also of concern is the eventual sale of the home with known vermiculite insulation

Devin - Milwaukee

I wanted to send praise of Brian Ott. He was knowledgable, efficient, helpful, and very pleasant for my home inspection.


Michael from Racine

Scott & Brian did an excellent job. First off they were extremely accomodating to our schedule. We set up an appointment for Monday at 9 AM and both were at work prior to our arrival to the property. The inspection took about 3 hours with both of them inspecting. I consider myself pretty handy but these guys found issues I would never have thought to look for. Their report was extremely detailed and made it very simple for us to get a few quotes for what repairs would cost.

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