Should I get a home inspection before selling my house?

Should I get a home inspection before selling my house?   This question may come up as you are considering placing your home on the market. It’s tempting during a seller’s market, such as we a currently experiencing in San Diego, Ca, to let the buyer pay for and hire the home inspector. While this may seem like a wise decision on the outset, it can later come back to haunt you. Along with a hot seller’s market, we are starting to see shorter inspection contingency periods being written into contracts in the hopes of having an offer accepted over others. […]

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Winter Holiday Fire Safety

The Holidays are upon us, and with them comes an increased risk of fire in the home.  Dry Christmas trees, candles, holiday lights, fireplaces and deep fried turkey’s are just some of the examples of the areas with increased fire risk during this time of year.  This article is intended to inform you of the potential dangers as well outline some of the ways you can keep you and your family safe from fire this Holiday season. Christmas Trees The following video is brought to us by National of Standards & Technology (NIST) and is a dramatic account of just how quick […]

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Are dishwashers required to have an air gap? What if there is a “high loop?”

During the home inspection I often get asked whether or not an air gap is required to be installed on the dishwasher drain line.  The short answer to this question is yes.  Modern standards require an air gap for all new dishwasher installations.  Notice the words I used, “modern standards” and “new installations.”  The existence of a high loop on an older dishwasher may very well have been allowed under code when the unit was installed.  However, this does not mean that a home inspector will refrain from recommending an update to the modern standards by installing an air gap. […]

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Cast Iron Drain Pipes in Carlsbad Home Inspection

On a recent home inspection in Carlsbad, Ca, I came across rusted cast iron drain piping that had been painted over.  Cast iron has been successfully used as plumbing material for hundreds of years up until the early 1970’s.  Like everything, cast iron does eventually break down and has a typical life expectancy of approximately 50 years.  Since cast iron typically corrodes from the interior outwards, an inspection by a licensed plumber with a camera is the only way to get a clear picture of the condition of the existing cast iron drain piping. Tree roots are another factor that can […]

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Energy Efficiency in the Home

An energy efficient home is a growing priority for many home owners.  Significant savings in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be achieved with simple d.i.y. changes and updates. Some of the reasons for creating an energy efficient home may include: Financial incentives – there may be tax breaks and other incentives offered through your state, local government or utility company. Save Money – by reducing the amount of energy consumption in the home you will save money on your energy bill. Increased comfort level inside the home. Climate change – many scientist believe that a reduction in energy consumption […]

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California Home Inspection Laws

California Home Inspection Laws By Keith Silvas, Owner of Red Rock Home Inspections in Vista, Ca. California home inspection laws are addressed under the Business and Professions Code under sections 7195-7199.  Sections 7195 defines a home inspection in California as a noninvasive, physical examination performed for a fee in connection with a transfer of real property (real estate).  The home inspection should include an examination of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural and other essential components of a residential dwelling of up to four units and is intended to identify material defects in the aforementioned systems. Section 7195 goes on to define a […]

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Holiday Fire Safety

Holiday Fire Safety We’ve barley digested the Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas season is already upon us. For many, this time of the year means Christmas trees, lights and candle displays. Red Rock Home Inspections would like to remind you to be mindful with your Christmas tree and candles. Here are some quick facts regarding holiday fires from the National Fire Protection Agency: • 1 out of 3 home Christmas tree fires are the result of electrical problems. • Christmas tree fires, while rare, are especially dangerous. Approximately 1 in 40 home Christmas tree fires result in a death. • 1 […]

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Deep Fried Turkey – Home Safety

Deep Fried Turkey – Safety Tips           It’s that time of year again.  Great fun, family and of course, food.  A holiday meal just isn’t complete without a delicious and juicy turkey as the highlight and centerpiece.  Red Rock Home Inspections would like to remind everyone to be mindful and practice safe habits this holiday season, especially if you decide to deep fry your holiday bird. The National Fire Protection Agency and the Underwriters Laboratory both recommend against the use of deep fryers for your turkey.  Realistically, we know that a quickly cooked and juicy turkey is just too tempting […]

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San Diego Home Inspection Reports: What to Expect

San Diego Home Inspection Reports:  What to Expect By:  Keith Silvas Home Inspection reports have evolved over the past 30 years from a short checklist summary to a detailed digital report capable of supporting picture and video documentation.  The changes have evolved to meet the growing needs of home buyer’s and the real estate community at large. Development of Standards Prior to the 1970’s, home inspection reports did not generally follow any standard guideline.  In most instances, there were little to no oversight or licensing requirements for home inspectors.  As can be expected, due to a lack of standards and […]

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What is Defensible Space?

One of the most common questions we receive is, what is defensible space?  This topic comes up frequently in the wake of the various Southern California wildfires.  This article explains what defensible space is and how you can mitigate wildfire impact and save not only your home, but the lives as well. Defensible space can be thought of as a fire break around the property that helps to inhibit the spread of fire in populated regions.  The area around a property that is cleared of over grown and dead vegetation and combustible material and chemicals is commonly referred to as […]

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