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  • Writer's pictureTechnihouse

For those of you who own or are planning to buy a house and are planning to hire a contractor to do some home improvements to your house in the near future, here are some tips from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

· Work only with licensed and insured contractors.

· Ask for references, and check them out.

· Get more than one estimate.

· Don't be pushed into signing a contract right away.

· Get everything in writing:

o Total cost

o Detailed list of what the project includes

o Time schedule, guarantees, and/or warranties provided

o Payment schedule

o Never, ever sign a contract that includes blanks

Here are some additional suggestions from Technihouse Inspections, Inc. (

· Do not pay the contractor until the work has been completed to your satisfaction.

· Have the work inspected by a certified home inspector.

· If it “sounds too good to be true”, or the price quoted is much lower than the other estimates you received, there is a reason for that.

Remember the contractors that are hired will be in your house and you will be living with them for a while.

Our personal tip to you is to always trust your instinct. Your instinct has probably never failed you, if anything; you have failed your instinct.

Q: When everything on the exterior of the house is covered in snow, can you still inspect the house?

A: Yes, the house can still be inspected when it has snowed. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks of having a house inspected in the wintertime. The roof of the house cannot be inspected physically or visibly when it is covered with snow or ice. If driveways, walkways, patios, porches or decks, etc. have not been shoveled or not shoveled well enough to view their condition, will also make it difficult for any inspector to comment on its condition.

Q: How much of a discount do you offer when things are snow covered?

A: We do not discount the cost of a home inspection due to snow-covered areas.

Q: How much do you charge for a home inspection?

A: The home inspection cost is based on each individual home. We need all the information regarding the house (See form on our website) in order to base the fee. This will also help us to determine how much time we will need you to set aside to go through the inspection process with the inspector.

Q: When are you available to perform my home inspection?

A: You would need to call our office to find out availability. (248-855-5566)

Q: What are the things that you inspect on a house?


Our inspector is there to inspect the major things on the home:

- Roof – if physically possible (i.e., snow or ice covered, or if too steep)

- Construction, remodeling and single systems/single item inspections

- Investigative and troubleshooting inspections

- Insulation

- Plumbing system: The type of plumbing and the condition, the water pressure in the house (checked by functional flow), hot water tank and all plumbing fixtures

- The heating system

- The heat exchanger in the furnace. (This is what separates carbon monoxide from the air we breathe)

- The air conditioning. (The temperature outside must be 65-degrees to check without damaging the system)

- We verify there is a heat source in each room

- The electrical system: The type of wiring, the condition of the wiring, adequacy of the service, illegal, improper and homeowner wiring

- The structure of the house

- The foundation of the house

- Basement leaks

Q: Do you offer repair estimates?

A: No, we do not give estimates for repairing or replacement of the items found on your inspection. We do recommend that you get estimates from qualified contractors for replace or repairing the things that are found.

Q: Do you inspect swimming pools?

A: We do not inspect swimming pools. Swimming pool companies have the proper equipment for inspecting the condition of pools

Q: Do you offer inspections on such things as sewer, septic and well inspections?

A: We do not inspect sewers. A plumber with the proper camera equipment can inspect the sewer and let you know the condition of it. Septic and wells are underground and a different field of expertise. They take different equipment to inspect. There are companies that only do these types of inspections.

Q: The furnace is really old in the house that I am looking at. Do I need to hire a furnace guy to look at it?

A: The furnace is part of our inspection. We will also check the heat exchanger in the furnace to make sure it does not leak carbon monoxide. The heat exchanger is what separates the carbon monoxide from the air we breathe.

Q: Can I see the inspection agreement before you do the home inspection?

A: Before we start your inspection you are given our inspection agreement to read and sign before we can begin the inspection.

Q: Can I schedule the home inspection via email?

A: We ask that you fill out the form from our website ( ) or call our office directly (248-855-5566) so we can obtain all the necessary information from you pertaining to the property that you need to have inspected.

Q: Can I be there for the inspection?

A: We encourage our clients to be on the inspection at the time of your scheduled appointment. The inspector feels that it’s not only important that you get to see the things they may find, but they can also address any questions or concerns you may have at that time.

Q: When will I receive my inspection report?

A: You will receive your report the same day as your inspection.

Q: What type of payment do you accept?

A: We accept cash or check at the time services are rendered. We do not accept credit or debit cards.

Q: Can my father be on my inspection with me?

A: Yes, your father can accompany you on the inspection.

Q: Are your inspectors licensed?

A: Please check out our website for the licensing and credentials of our inspectors. (

Q: How will the inspector get into the house for the inspection?

A: If you are working with a Realtor or homeowner, you will have to make arrangements with them to be able to get into the property on the day and time you are scheduled to have your house inspection.

Q: I am getting an FHA loan for the house I intend to purchase. Can your inspectors do FHA inspections?

A: We do not do FHA inspections. They have specific regulations they require for home inspections. You can check out FHA approved home inspectors through the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) website to find an approved FHA home inspector. ( )

Q: Do you inspect commercial properties?

A: Yes we do perform commercial properties. If this is the type of inspection you need, we ask that you call our office (248-855-5566) so we can obtain the necessary information regarding the property. We can then let you know our cost as well as availability for scheduling.

  • Writer's pictureTechnihouse

The holidays are supposed to be fun and we want them to be safe.

I’ve compiled a holiday safety checklist to get you started and keep you and your family safe. I know most of the list is common sense, but look it over and at least use it as a reminder.

Christmas Trees:

· Always buy a fresh cut, healthy tree. You can check by looking and feeling. The tree must be green, the bark moist and green, and the needles should bend and not break when you bend them.

· Run your hand down a branch. If the tree is fresh, some needles will fall off but only a few.

· Tug on a few needles; they should be difficult to pull off from the branches.

· Bend a few branches; if they snap off or crack, the tree is too dry and won’t last.

· When you get the tree home, cut a few inches off the bottom of the trunk at an angle so the tree can absorb more water.

· Set the tree in a sturdy tree stand. Make sure the base or legs are sturdy to keep the tree stable so that it will not tip over, which can pose a danger to children and small pets.

· The stand should be able to hold a lot of water and the water should be checked and maintained. A six-foot tree requires approximately one-gallon of water every other day.

· Do not place the tree next to, or close to fireplaces, heaters, radiators, heat registers or candles.

· Never place the tree in front of a doorway or in the path of any exit source in case of an emergency.

· If you use, or are planning on buying an artificial tree, make sure it is fire resistant. Don’t take the salesman word for it, check the label.

· Install a smoke/fire detector as well as an ABC fire extinguisher in the room with the tree.

· Ribbons and tinsel are a big temptation for small children, cats and dogs. It can wreak havoc in the pet’s intestines or stomach. Small children also love the shiny tinsel and bows on presents and need to be supervised or the tree needs to be barricaded with some type of gate or fencing for safety measures.

Holiday plants:

· Poinsettias are a common household Christmas plant, but toxic to little ones and pets. The sap from the leaves may cause vomiting and skin irritation. Avoid placing it where pets and children may reach it.

· Christmas Mistletoe is also a favorite to hang where people can kiss under it. Hanging it high up is best as the berries from this plant are highly toxic for children and pets. Remove the berries for the best safety precautions.


· Only use UL listed labeled lights and cords.

· Never use electrical lights on a metal tree.

· Before using any and all holiday lights, inspect all connections and cords. Look for cracked, brittle or frayed wiring or cords.

· Do not coil or tie extension cords when in use. They could overheat.

· Inspect all lights for broken or damaged sockets.

· Make sure the bulbs work and are not loose of missing.

· Never use indoor extension cords, outdoors.

· Never lay cords under carpets or across walks or steps.

· Outdoor light sets should be marked “waterproof”.

· Never shorten or splice light sets.

· Make sure all outside lights are plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter (G.F.C.I.) outlet.

· Do not overload electrical outlets. If you are trying to use dozens of light sets, plug them into different outlets on different circuits.

· Turn off, or better yet, unplug all tree lights and decorations when going to bed or leaving the house.


· Have your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned and inspected to remove creosote.

· Never use a fireplace without a screen to protect against sparks and ashes.

· Never use gasoline or barbeque starter fluid to start a fire in a fireplace.

· Keep all combustibles including, gifts, paper, furniture and holiday stockings away the fireplace and mantle when using a fire.

· Install a smoke and carbon monoxide detector in a room with a fireplace.

· Burn only clean, dry firewood.


· Never put lit candles in windows.

· Never put candles within reach of small children.

· Do not leave a room with candles burning.

· Do not use candles in children’s rooms or on Christmas trees.

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