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Thinking of a Real Estate Investment? Here’s Why You Need a Certified Inspector

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Investing in real estate will require sound judgment which includes asking for the opinions of expert and experienced inspectors before you commit yourself to buying. Without a certified inspection, you can easily overlook critical issues with the property you intend to buy. Let’s look at top reasons why hiring certified inspection services is a critical first step to ensuring the viability of your real estate investment: Ensures building code compliance A thorough and certified inspection will include an environment site assessment, safety and health inspection, as well as ensuring your new building is up to par with municipal, federal and […]

Can You Sell a Home that Has Code Violations?

Code enforcement is usually adopted by communities to preserve the cleanliness, safety, and the property values of their municipality. The violation of these building codes can range from serious things such as breaching the construction standards to minor things like broken fire alarms. Often, code violations are taken care of before a house is sold, and the buyer is never aware of them. Code enforcements change all the time, a house may be code-compliant when you buy it; but over the years, it may lag behind the ever-changing building standards. Unless there is a safety issue, many homeowners do not […]

Understanding the Property Damage Estimation Process

Whether you’ve had an insurance appraisal clause invoked on you or you’ve invoked the appraisal clause, you cannot afford to hire an inexperienced property damage appraiser. At Arnold Investigative Engineering, property damage estimation is what we do. We are highly knowledgeable in appraisal practices and are always available to represent the facts of loss on your behalf if need be. Not only are we educated in the property appraisal process, but we’re also qualified to review the differences between the two parties. We are equipped with state-of-the-art estimating software and tools as well as a fully dedicated team to come […]

What is Inspected During a Mechanical Home Inspection?

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A mechanical home inspection is a detailed report of all the mechanical systems of your home. It involves inspection of the heating system, air conditioning unit, plumbing system, electrical system, as well as the home appliances. Heating system Unlike your car that you use daily, your heating system can sit for months without use. You wouldn’t trust a car that has stayed for months without being used, would you? The same goes to your heating system at home. A lot of things could arise within those months. That’s why a home inspection is necessary. Our professional inspectors at Arnold Investigative […]

5 Common Building Code Violations that You Should Avoid

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To many homeowners, whether or not your home is ’to code” remains a mystery. In the US, almost all municipalities have embraced a set of building codes which establish proper standards for homes. These set codes come in handy at ensuring the safety, health and general welfare of residents. At Arnold Investigative Engineering, we offer certified building inspection services according to the set building codes. Even though building codes often follow similar standards, they can vary from one city to another depending on differences in climate and geography. Despite being an imperative part of every building process, these codes are […]

What is a Consulting Engineer?

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Consulting engineering, by definition, is a professional service that provides expertise in engineering, science, and other related areas to construction firms, developers, industries, and governments. A consulting engineer, therefore, is a person with high qualifications and wide experience in engineering who can design, plan, and help in undertaking maintenance of any type of structure. Each and every construction project has a specific purpose and mission to be achieved within a specified period and cost. To accomplish these, parameters such as complexity, size, productivity, quality, cost, and completion time need to be strictly evaluated. The planning and execution of these parameters […]

Do You Have a Drainage Problem?

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Uncovering drainage problems when they are small and easy to fix can go a long way in saving you a lot of cash and plenty of headaches. You don’t need to be skilled and certified building inspector to know that a mini-lake on your front lawn and puddles in the sub-floor void of your home are clear-cut signs of a drainage problem. However, not all drainage problems are so obvious. Here is a list of some of the subtler signs that commonly occur at home inspections carried out by our certified building inspectors at Arnold Investigative Engineering: Cracks in brick […]

Commercial Building Inspection Checklist

Regardless of whether you have a maintenance staff in your company, it has always been wise to schedule for regular inspections that can help guarantee your employees and clients safety. A good inspection schedule will ensure a good preventative maintenance that can help keep your business premise and systems in optimal operational levels. Here are some of the common things that a commercial building inspector examines: Air Filters and Fan Belts When the filters and belts start wearing out, the atmosphere in your office will obviously be compromised. A regular inspection is important to help you know when any of […]

What Type of Home Inspection Do I Need?

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checked by a professional home inspector. It is expensive buying a home and therefore, you should never risk the chance of spending on other maintenance expenses just because you ignored this simple step. When an inspector gets into your home, they are basically looking for defects. A professional inspector will inspect the following places in your home: 1. Chimney A chimney may be seemingly in its right condition, but there might be problems from the inner side such as flue liners and bricks. A home inspector can help identify all these problems as well as ensure the smoke is discharged […]

What Can You Do with a Pre-purchase Home Inspection Report?

A pre-purchase home inspection is a crucial procedure, for both the buyer and seller. Either one of the two or both can get it done. This inspection eliminates the guesswork’ from determining the real condition of the home before it changes hands. Here are some of the major situations where a buyer or a seller may need an inspection report: A seller can use the pre-purchase home inspection report for the following: Know the state of the home A seller will use the report to know the actual state of the property they are selling. Having an inspection report will […]