The House Whisperer

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Email Box Revisted (Vol. 6)
Once again, I dig deep into the email box to respond to letters that I feel will benefit all of my listeners. The topics of today's show include: insulation and high energy bills, inspection organizations, mold, and the compliance statement that is required for Pennsylvania home inspectors to utilize. Listen in, especially if you are getting ready to buy real estate.
Vince Tecce, President Of Tri-State ASHI: What It Means To Be An ASHI Inspector
(www.tristateashi.org Vince has been a professional home inspector since 1987. He became a full member of the American Society of Home Inspectors in 1996. Today we spend time with Vince discussing the following topics: Why choose a home inspector who is a member of ASHI? Are all members of ASHI also members of the Tri-State ASHI chapter? What are some of the concerns you see popping up in the future with houses and construction? What percentage of home buyers are having their purchases inspected, and what about sellers doing pre-listing inspections? For all of my listeners, there is literally an "alphabet soup" available out there for the general public to choose from when hiring a home inspector, however, keep in mind that all are not compliant with the Pennsylvania Home Inspection Law. I ask that you listen in to this candid interview and make sure when you hire a home inspector, that they are the best that they can be.
Trials and Tribulations of Being a Home Inspector: Part 1
Today's segment is broken into various chapters because, as you know, every house has a story. As time goes on, I will add to the book I'm about to write.
  • Chapter 1: Jack, you will walk the roof, right?
  • Chapter 2: Jack, you are going into that crawlspace?
  • Chapter 3: The investor
  • Chapter 4: Jack, you will be testing the jetted tub in the master bathroom?
  • Chapter 5: The meat salesman

    Listen in, as these are true accounts of situations that I have run across in my career as a home inspector.

    Trials and Tribulations of Being a Home Inspector: Part 2
    I had so much fun last week, that I wanted to continue with the next few chapters.
  • Chapter 6: The water valve
  • Chapter 7: Clients in the attic
  • Chapter 8: Jack, you will check the operation of the fireplace damper and flue, right?
  • Chapter 9: The panel box
  • Chapter 10: The vacant house
  • Chapter 11: The Kugelman approach

    I ask that you listen in, as the stories are light and fun, but at the same time you'll begin to understand what I do for a living.

    Bux-Mont Inspections with Rob Bowie
    (215-669-4213 and www.buxmontinspections.com) Rob has been one of my sponsors since Day 1. Today I have the opportunity of chatting with Rob about on-site sewage maintenance. Over 30% of homes in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware Counties, as well as a large part of New Jersey, have on-site sewage systems. For their best efficiency, these systems must be maintained, because the price for replacement is well beyond what you might think. I ask that you listen to Rob's show today, and pay close attention as to the maintenance of one of the most expensive portions of your home that you can't see.
    What Does It Take To Be A Home Inspector?
    This is a great question from one of my listeners who sent me an email. This email was from a woman whose husband has recently retired, had some basic plumbing and electrical experience, and wanted to become a home inspector. Today I delve into what it truly takes to become a professional inspector. I go into the pros and cons of the profession, and the requirements for both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, which include classroom studies, testing, mentoring, and ongoing education. It's not an easy occupation, but a very rewarding one. Listen in if you plan to become a home inspector in either one of these states.
    All Good Things Must Come To An End
    After creating over 180 shows on both WFYL and WWDB, it is time for The House Whisperer to sign off. With much thought and trepidation, it is now time to step off the air and spend time with my family and my business. Barry Reisman, who has been at the controls of The House Whisperer since it started, not only interviewed me for my first show, but also interviews me for my last show. Listen in, and learn more about the "behind the scenes" of The House Whisperer Show.
    Jack Milne is Welcomed to WWDB 860AM
    This segment contains an interview with Barry Reisman, station manager. I spend time with Barry, going over my background, what it takes to become a home inspector, and some of the credentials it takes in order to protect the client. If you are interested in having a home inspection done and leaning a little bit more about my credentials, I would ask that you listen in.
    On-Site Sewage Systems: Cost to Maintain vs. Replacement
    With Rob Bowie The House Whisperer welcomes Rob Bowie from Bux-Mont Inspections. Rob is a sewage control officer who designs and evaluates on-site sewage systems. In your home, when you flush the toilet, run the kitchen sink, dishwasher, or clothes washer, if it doesn't go into the public sewage system, its going on your property. I ask that you listen in to Rob's show, as we cover multiple topics including installation, repair, maintenance, and if necessary, replacement of your on-site sewage system.
    Jack Answers Listener Emails
    This segment is dedicated to the faithful listeners of The House Whisperer Show. Over the past weeks, I have received numerous questions from my listeners that I wanted to address. From the beginning, The House Whisperer Show has been dedicated to my listeners. This show will cover questions regarding common elements in everyone's home, including the use of central humidifiers, heat pumps, filter maintenance, properly operating your air conditioning system, termites in cold weather periods, and opinions about buying a home during the questionable government shutdown. I ask that you listen in and respond back to thehousewhisperershow@gmail.com if there are any questions that you would like to put before me.
    Myths vs. Reality: Radon and Wood Destroying Insects in Cold Weather
    How Can it Vary? With Rob Bruno Rob Bruno, who owns Boro Exterminating Company, has been one of my sponsors over the last three years, between two different radio stations. Rob visits us again to discuss wood destroying insects, and how they can thrive, or not thrive, during cold weather periods. We discuss the common wood destroying insects; termites, carpenter bees, and carpenter ants. Then we go in a different direction, and discuss radon testing, as Boro Exterminating also conducts radon testing in their service market. I ask that you listen in to set the record straight, especially being a homeowner, and not let those pesky insects take control of your home.
    Email Box Revisited Vol 3
    For the third time in the series I revisit the email box. It gives my listeners an opportunity to ask questions with me about revelent topics that I feel affect everybody. The show's topics touch on aging water heaters during a real estate transaction, issues with icicles; why they are formed and how to correct it, home inspections conducted during winter weather where snow may cover the roof, walk-throughs where the initial inspections have been conducted, where the house was both vacant as well as winterized, tankless water heaters vs. standard water heaters, and why vermiculite should not be disturbed.
    Differences in Home Inspection Laws Between PA and NJ
    Even though we share a common river between us, the home inspection laws are completely different between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Home inspectors in New Jersey must be licensed, whereas those of us in Pennsylvania are "compliant". Next week, I will be discussing the Philadelphia Home Inspection Law. Only this county requires a license; no others throughout the state. If you are looking to purchase a home in either of these two states, I ask that you listen in, so that you can hire a qualified home inspector, regardless of where you purchase.
    Is Your Home Inspector Licensed in Philadelphia?
    The biggest secret in Philadelphia real estate is that your home inspector must be licensed in order to conduct inspections within the county. This law went into effect in 2003, and I was an integral part of getting the legislation passed. I would ask that you listen to this segment to give you some background as to what it took for this law to pass, as well as some ideas on how to find a licensed Philadelphia home inspector.
    Barry Reisman Interviews The House Whisperer
    I have been working with Barry Reisman from WWDB since September, 2014. Before that time, I had a show at WFYL out of East Norriton for well over a year and a half. Because the time slot of which I had become accustomed to, at 2:30PM on Sundays, had been shifted to 11:00AM on Sundays, I thought it was only appropriate that Barry would interview me as the new host for the 11:00 slot. Various topics are discussed as to my background, being a home inspector, and the professional associations with which I have been involved, including the legislation that created the Home Inspection Law in Pennsylvania in 2001, and the licensing of home inspectors in the city of Philadelphia in 2003. Although this show may be about me, I ask that you listen in and learn a little more about The House Whisperer.
    Risk vs. Reward: How Far Should Your Home Inspector Go?
    As a home buyer, home seller, or investor, we all take risks. Where do we buy a home, will it be suitable for our children, is the area we are choosing socially and economically viable over the next 20 years, so that our investment is sound? Home inspectors also take risks. As professional roof walkers, working on ladders, in crawlspaces and attics, we too risk our lives on a daily basis for the reward of benefiting our clients. I would ask that you listen in to this show to learn a little more as to what a home inspector endures on a regular basis. I have enjoyed this career for well over 30 years, and to me, that is my reward.
    Appraisals: Everything You Need to Know
    with Jim McKissick of McKissick Appraisals Spend time with Jim McKissick, a professional appraiser. The spring market is directly in front of us. If you listen to today's show, I know that you will find some excellent points on how you can be prepared to either list your house or get your house appraised. You can reach Jim McKissick of McKissick Appraisals at 215-579-4055.
    Wood Destroying Insects, Chemicals & Applications
    Interview with Rob Bruno of Boro Exterminating (610-237-1143) Rob Bruno has been an advertiser of mine since I started in radio over 3 years ago. I've known Rob professionally for well over 20 years, and with all of my clients through Tri-County Inspection Company I align these folks with the best people in the business. Boro Exterminating, based out of Glenolden, PA, is a multi-generation wood destroying insect company, which also provides radon services. Today's discussion covers wood destroying insects, toxicity of the chemicals, applications and regulations, as well as inspections. We also discuss what to do around particular areas, such as wells and streams. We discuss how to know if you have termites, if your house has been treated, and what causes re-infestation by termites. I ask that you listen in to Rob and I, and if you are looking for a very good wood destroying insect company, please reach out to Boro.
    Oil Heat And The Philadelphia Air Quality: It's A Toxic Situation
    Within the past few weeks, the City Council in Philadelphia introduced a bill, which has since passed, to bring down the amount of sulphur dioxide that is spewed into our atmosphere from clients being sold oil with a high sulphur count. Sulphur dioxide on a hazy day can lead to asthma related issues for both our youngsters as well as our elderly citizens. I ask that you listen in to understand what is going on around you, even though 6% of Philadelphians still use oil as their primary source of heat.
    Pre-Listing Inspections: Are They Worth It?
    As a professional home inspector, I find that more and more I am conducting pre-listing inspections for my clientele. As you are all aware, more than 95% of homes in the Delaware Valley are being inspected by your purchaser if you are planning on selling your home. I think it is well worth it to know the condition of your home before you put it up for sale, so that you are keenly aware of its current condition. This will allow you to determine if certain components of the home should be repaired, replaced, or credits offered to the buyer before you list the property. If you are planning on selling your home within the next six months, I know this show will be well worth listening to, so you can plan your future accordingly.
    Tri-County Inspection Company Rounding 30 Years Old
    Now I Get To Blow My Own Horn Tri-County Inspection Company was incorporated on July 12, 1985. It was a few weeks ago that I realized that the company turned 29 years old, and just like any excited bride, I am looking forward to next year when the company turns 30. I ask that you listen in to a humorous episode about the beginnings of Tri-County, back in the days where faxes and computers were still new, and car phones were actually attached to the vehicle.
    Typical Roofs On Old Buildings
    Interview With William Kibbel of Tri-County Inspection Company (215-295-2030) For this segment, I brought in my senior inspector, Bill Kibbel of Tri-County Inspection Company, whose forte is historical structures. For any of my listeners who reside in or maintain an old building, I would ask that you listen in. This segment will cover slate, metal, tile, as well as wood shingles and shakes. Bill is a nationally ranked speaker on historical structures, and I ask that you listen in for excellent advice.
    Inspecting New Homes vs. Old Homes: There Is A Difference
    Working in and around the Philadelphia market, home inspectors are offered a plethora of different aged properties, from pre-revolutionary farmhouses to brand new construction. Older homes require more due diligence on behalf of the inspector, who must be properly trained to evaluate older properties. At the same time, new homes, especially the new "engineered" homes, have to be inspected properly as well. Listen in as we look at both sides of a broad spectrum.
    Pearls of Wisdom From The House Whisperer
    On this segment, I talk about various topics that I feel will help all people who are ready to buy and sell real estate. Some of the points include: getting pre-qualified for a mortgage, extending the contingency period for the home inspection as the spring market is extremely busy, why to buy and not rent, current mortgage rates, and location, location, location. Several other topics are also included. Listen in, and get prepared for the busy real estate market.



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