Here at CBS, we are often times called in to find deficiencies in the building performance of townhomes, condos, and single family dwellings. The items including ice dams, heaving concrete, rot behind siding and moisture intrusion, just to name a few.
Today, most real estate transactions are based on contingencies subject to inspection of these dwellings. Frequently, at Complete Building Solutions we are asked, “Why didn’t my home inspector find these issues?”
As I answer this question for people, I tell them that there is a notable difference between a home inspection and an engineering-consulting service such as CBS. The bottom line is this: A home inspection service will typically be used to look over a home in its entirety to see if there are any obvious warning signs for buyers and sellers alike, and are typically done so in a noninvasive fashion. These items include but are not limited to the installation of appliances such as the furnace and water heater to notable issues with the exterior such as the roof. With this in mind, the home inspector may not find issues that are hidden.
So, when problems such as moisture intrusion, structural issues, ice dams, heaving concrete, etc. occur and manifest themselves, we at CBS as a construction engineering-consulting firm are called to perform a deeper level invasive investigation. Complete Building Solutions will dismantle certain areas of homes to determine what is causing the issues, finding the root cause. Inversely, home inspectors do not invasively inspect for such issues that are a lot of time hidden from the naked eye. CBS finds the anomalies with an assessment, document and report our findings, and provide engineering based solutions to improve the dwelling’s overall performance.
Now, do not take this blog out of context. There is a definite need and market for home inspection services and we at CBS have very positive relationships with many of the best in their field within the state of Minnesota. As a matter of fact, a few weeks ago we had the honor of being invited to speak in front of 35 home inspectors that belong to the MSHI (Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors) and are all ASHI Certified. As I talked through all the issues that we find everyday on structures, I was beyond captivated by my audience of inspectors. I found in the room a great deal of knowledge, attention to detail, and the overall sincere concern they hold in regards to their clients and the evaluations they provide for their homes. This should come as no surprise however, because at the head of this organization sits Reuben Saltzman, of Structure Tech Home Inspections. I have worked alongside of Reuben for many years and am thoroughly impressed with his detailed reports. We work hand in hand when Reuben finds issues that go beyond the home inspection realm and into the need for engineering. He, along with other members of the MSHI, are very accredited individuals within the home inspection industry.
Here at Complete Building Solutions, we strive to make buildings perform the way they were intended to by presenting a realistic route to resolution, including estimates to have the necessary repairs made, so the home buyer knows exactly what the cure is for the home. Knowledge is money, especially on the biggest investments we usually make in our lives: our homes. So if you have building performance issues requiring detailed attention, no matter where you are in the home ownership process, please don’t hesitate to give us a call as we would be happy to assist you in any way we can. For those of you in need of an accredited home inspector to perform that service specifically, please visit the ASHI website at http://www.ashi.org and search under the “Find a Home Inspector” tab.
And, as always, please check out our website at http://www.cbsmn.com for continuing information on what we do in the home performance and engineering part of the construction industry.
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