Entries by darren

3 Story Deck of Cards

  While most decks are constructed in areas where it is almost impossible to build without a building permit, in some instances do-it-yourselfers sneak their building projects past the Planning Department under the guise of “replacement”. What this means is that the property owner wishes to replace all or part of a structure with the exact […]

Buying “as is” without a home inspection?

Buying “as is” without a Home Inspection Disclaimer- The inspiration for this article is several recent clients are getting post closing home inspections only to find out the lemon they bought makes for very expensive lemonade. The process of near-endless check writing starts after your bid to buy a home is accepted into a real […]

Screened in Porch of Doom

DIY Nightmare- Screened in Porch of Doom. While most homes are constructed in areas where it is almost impossible to build a home without a building permit, in some instances do-it-yourselfers sneak their building projects past the permit office. Before we dive into this article with Darren our Certified Master Inspector (CMI)® here in Myrtle […]

How Old Is That HVAC System or Water Heater?

How to determine the age of a heat pump and HVAC systems: This resource is going to show the method to understanding and decoding manufacturer labels in order to identify the correct age of any HVAC system and/or Water Heater – from any manufacturer. The labels are slightly different from manufacturer to manufacturer, however all […]

House of Horrors

How to identify do-it-yourselfer construction and unpermitted home projects in Myrtle Beach   While most homes are constructed in areas where it is almost impossible to build a home without a building permit, in some instances do-it-yourselfers sneak their building projects past the permit office. Before we dive into this article with Darren our Certified […]

Ever Heard of Sea Blast?

Sea Blast is the naturally occurring chemical reaction and effect to metals and metallic surfaces in Coastal Environments all over the world. This article will explain this reaction and why the Coastal Myrtle Beach area is prone to this natural effect and identify one of the few downsides of living near the beach. HUMIDITY The […]

What Your Home Insurance Provider Is Not Telling You

How to Save up to 88% on Wind & Hail Insurance Wind & Hail Insurance can be as high as $500/year with no claims ever paid out because projectiles or missiles (anything self-propelled through the air during a major storm) never come in contact with the home, and all new homes built since 1997 have […]

Understanding Private Water (Well) Systems

What does your Myrtle Beach Home Inspector look for? This article is going to focus on the components of the well system, understanding how they work, and the importance of monitoring ground water quality. First, we will look at the water cycle. It is important to understand that all available fresh water on the planet […]

Pool System Inspection

What does your Myrtle Beach Home Inspector look for? The pool system is a relatively simple system with simple components that, when used and maintained properly, can last for a very long time. This article is going to identify all of the pool system components, how they work, and common problems found during a Myrtle […]

220 Volt Electrical Inspection

What does your Myrtle Beach Home Inspector look for? Verifying Correct Amperage Ratings on All Major Appliances Every major appliance is designed to operate with a certain amount of current or flow of electricity. If the amount of current is too high, the appliance will draw too much power which it is not designed for […]