New Home Inspection Contingency form takes effect August 1st in Minnesota

- The most common numbers that I see on purchase agreements is 5 days to get the inspection done, 2 days for the buyer to respond, and 2 days for the seller to respond to the response; those in the know call this a “5-2-2”, or something like that. The old, or current Inspection Contingency form gives buyers “X” number of business days to get the inspection done, which excludes weekends and federal holidays. I hear the lingo, but I’m not responsible for understanding it. After the inspection is done, the buyers have “X” number of days to respond to the seller. I’m only kinda sorta in the know. The sellers also get “X” number of days to respond to that response. I just need to get my inspection reports out right away. ..More

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A breakdown of energy ratings for Minnesota homes

- A home with a HERS rating of 70 is 30% more efficient than a home with a score of 100, a score of 50 is 50% more efficient and so on. According to the index’s developer, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), the typical U. . S resale home has a HERS rating of 130, while a home built to the standards of the 2006 IECC has a rating of 100 ..More

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Q&A: What happens when a permit isn’t pulled for electrical work?

-  I’ll discuss each one of those, starting with the situation that has the highest potential to cause problems. For my answer, I’ll assume the work was all done properly and to code at the time that it was installed. . The potential roadblocks to selling a home with missing permits might be either during the buyers inspection or during a required city inspection ..More

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Camera buying advice for home inspectors

- The larger the flash, the more light. I wish there was some spec to compare that would tell me how well a camera could light up the far side of an attic while taking a photo, but there’s no such thing… at least not that I’ve been able to find. . The best way I’ve found to determine how well a flash will light things up is to simply look at the size of the flash ..More

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New Minnesota Plumbing Code

- There has been much discussion over what constitutes acceptable materials for relief valve discharge tubes, but the new plumbing code makes it quite clear. . Piping and fittings that make up the discharge tube may be made from galvanized steel, rigid copper tubing, CPVC, or polypropylene -or- the discharge tube may be a listed relief valve drain tube ..More

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