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We have a large percentage of home inspectors who have taken one of the school training and now are instant home inspectors .
We have no shortage of these want to be home inspectors .
In order to get field training and experience they start charging less .
Many agents just love them as they are soft and bend to the agents wants .
Unfortunately this is only lowering the class of inspection that is being done .
We did two Inspections today and one was for an 1846 home .
This is the first home to sell in that area for $1,000,000:00.
They used the Highest price inspector around because they new that we always give a full proper inspection.
It had a 600 sq foot Ice house the walls where 30 inches thick.
It had a gorgeous 4,500 sq foot Horse barn with a second level for the staff.
The home had ( A first for me ) a lead lined box in the attic that would hold about 2,000 gallon’s of water .
It was built out of planks 3 inches thick by 14 inches wide and they looked like they had just come from the mill .It had a screened cover . It sat over one of the inside walls .
All walls where made of brick as far as I could see and the thickness inside where about 20 inches outside about 30 inches all hand made bricks none the same .
The foundation was also Bricks same sizes.
I think the tank would have been for fire fighting or water supply to the home ?
It needed some repairs to bring it from a grand home to a magnificent home of about $100,000:00 ±.
I expect the lady is going to buy it and have me back for consultation again .
Told her $100:00.
We charge what we are worth.
I did some restoration work in a previous life as a Master Carpenter on a house that sounds somewhat similar to the house you speak of.
The “water box” in the attic "Attic was bigger than most houses!), actually served the house water system through an extremely complex series of pipes and joints. IThe house had been built in the mid 1850’s (so I understood) by a Founding Father of the area who owned just about every business and thing around.
The water was loaded into a tank from the rivers nearby, brought up to the house and emptied into the tank using some sort of pump. The water flowed from the tank into the house using gravity.
It was an extremely intersting set up and house.
Unfortunately the house was mostly destroyed by fire a few years after I finished on it.
AND NO I did not burn it down, it was hit by lightning!
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Glossary of Housing Terms $15.00
Canadian Wood Frame House Construction $25.95
Building Solutions $34.95
(A Problem Solving Guide for Builders and Renovators)
Healthy Housing Renovation Planner $34.95
Building Material for The Environmentally Hypersensitive $29.95
Electrophysics Moisture Meter $165.00
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