Searching for the Perfect Home

//Searching for the Perfect Home
Searching for the Perfect Home 2018-06-17T18:06:08-04:00


When you consider the life cycle of every component of a home, the estimated annual cost of normal maintenance is 1% of the value of the home. One year you may replace the furnace, a few years later you replace the roof. In addition to unexpected repairs you average 1% a year. This rule, is a very good estimator and can be applied to very expensive and inexpensive homes. The home inspection service does not give quotes or estimates regarding replacement or repairs due to the simple fact that costs vary due to seasonal timing, contractor and other variables.


The home inspection check list will spell out the systems and components that are inspected during a typical home inspection service. A home is made up of cosmetics, structure, roof, exterior envelope and systems, the systems are components such as heating, plumbing, electrical and cooling. All components eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Each component has it’s own life cycle and homes tend to settle into a maintenance cycle, we will call normal maintenance. The home inspector during his home inspection service will advise the client and indicate in his report what items require normal maintenance that he/she can repair themselves and what items require a qualified person for repair or replace.

Over the course of many years finding the perfect house is not really in the hands of the home inspector, but, his client. The client may like the house despite its’ faults, but, not the surrounding area and vise verse. The job of the inspector is to point out areas or items of concern that his client may not recognize that could influence his critical decision.


Surface prep and paint quality are the most important determinants of a paints life expectancy. UV rays, high humidity indoors and outdoors can affect life span, therefore, they should be inspected and maintained regularly.


Decks are exposed to a wide range of conditions, regular inspection of the structure, fastening connections and the building materials is required to maintain a safe usable space.


Steel and wood doors with the proper maintenance will last a life time, however, the weather stripping  should be inspected periodically to ensure the door has a proper seal to prevent incoming drafts and the escape of house air.


Remember that faulty, damaged or overloaded circuits are the major cause of electrical fires, GFI’s do have a life span. Regular inspection and replacement of old or damaged components is necessary.


Foundations whether concrete, block or stone can last a life time if they are properly installed. However, cracks from external forces does happen and the result is water seepage into the basement area. Efflorescence, peeling paint are some indicators of water or moisture problems.


Theses are mechanical systems and the life span is related to regular maintenance, usage and repair costs.


Roofing life span has many variables, quality of underlay, quality and type of shingle, exposure to UV, weather conditions, attic ventilation and contractor’s installation. Flashings can last as long as the roof cover, but, usually the fasteners and/or sealants are the problem, regular inspection and repairs are required before water damage occurs.


Windows can last a life time with proper maintenance, especially wood frames which are subjected to weather conditions, however, energy efficiency is now a prime consideration for change, caulking should be inspected regularly.

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14:22 29 Oct 17
Bruce has been great. Will highly recommend him.
Sanjit Katoch
Sanjit Katoch
19:23 13 Oct 16
Bruce completed two of our inspections, before we moved into our home, we truly appreciated the thoroughness of his report and the details he covered, and the advice presented in the report! Would definitely recommend him to family and friends!!
Julie P
Julie P
01:11 15 Jul 16
We are very happy with our inspection report from Bruce. He was punctual, thorough and included lots of pictures with recommended timelines for repair. With details from his report we were able to have the sellers agree to repair a problem before closing. A problem we probably would've missed and had to pay thousands for down the line. I would recommend BLT to family and friends.
Lynn Domenici
Lynn Domenici
15:46 23 Apr 16
Bruce more than exceeded our expectations of a home inspector. He reflected a high level of knowledge in his field. He was punctual and had the time management skills and ability to meet our deadline on time. We would not hesitate to recommend BLT Home Inspections to any of our friends.
John G
John G
22:41 20 Apr 16
Bruce did a great job with our home inspection. I work in the home and property management business and I've seen many issues that arise in the home. I felt that Bruce was spot on with his identification of the status of items on the home inspection checklist. His report was very well written and packed with great, well explained images. I will use his report as my list of 'things to do' as soon as we take possession of the home.
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