Believe it or not, it actually does take an act of law to change anything in the Standards of Practice for licensed home inspectors in North Carolina, and they have done just that. Effective October 1 of this year, the changes went into effect. Much of what changed is clerical in nature and only intended to make clarifications or to correct grammatical errors etc. However, there are a few changes that are significant and important for the real estate agent and their clients - the home buyer and seller. A brief summary of some of these changes is as follows:

Changes to what home inspectors are NOT REQUIRED to do:

  • Report on the presence of absence of systems installed to control or remove suspected hazardous substances (Radon, Mold, etc.) (Just...

PEX is the most commonly used material for water distribution systems in homes today; it is generally accepted as a good and reliable material. However, as with polyethylene, PVC, and even copper, there were problems with the materials during the first few years of use. Most contractors use metallic fittings to connect the PEX water lines. Some manufacturers made these fittings with zinc content that is too high. The problem is that with certain water conditions, the zinc would leach out of the fittings causing two problems. First, the walls of the fitting become very thin, and eventually begin to slowly leak. Second, the deposits from the process can clog fixtures, valves, etc, reducing water flow and/or pressure. At least one manufacturer of these fittings has admitted fault and...


When buying an investment property, a professional home inspection is absolutely necessary. Aside from home inspection prior to buying the property, regular inspections after moving in are equally important.

Regularly inspecting your investment property will help highlight most issues before it becomes expensive. Doing so will help save you money, and you’ll also be able to:

  1. Ensure that your tenants are complying with lease terms.

Regular inspections may help you check if your tenant is violating any terms of the lease. You will be able to check for such things as unapproved alterations to the property, criminal activities or...


The stuff that is in an air conditioner that transfers heat either into or out of the home is called the refrigerant. The refrigerant must transform from a gas to a liquid during the operation of the system in order to do it’s job. The compressor is designed to compress the refrigerant gases. The problem with operating an air conditioner in cold conditions is that there is not enough heat in the home to cause the refrigerant to turn into a gas before returning to the compressor. If the refrigerant is in a liquid state when it enters the compressor, it will cause damage. As a generally accepted inspection practice, it is not a good idea to operate an air conditioner if the outside air temperature has not been above 65 degrees for the preceding 24 hours.


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