EP02 – April 8, 2017: The #1 Issue Discovered by Home Inspectors


In this episode, we speak with Dave Stegink from ABI Home Inspection Services about the #1 issue he finds when he inspects a house. Chances are, these things (at least some of them) are happening in your home right now! What are they and how do you find them? We cover all of that and more!

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Show notes for episode 002:

Dave Stegink is in his 4th year doing inspections full time for ABI Inspection Services. For about 8 years prior to that, he inspected homes on a part time basis. Before joining ABI Inspection Services full-time, he was the Construction Director at Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity for 4 years and had his own remodeling company.

kickout_flashing_2Kickout Flashing

In the segment, Dave mentioned something called "kickout flashing". We tried our best to describe it on air, but figured a picture's worth a thousand words, right? Right! So, here's the picture we promised along with a link that explains exactly what kickout flashing does for a home and another that explains how it's installed.

Check them out and then take a look at your home. Is it something you should be adding?

There are a lot of contractors out there, and some of them aren't very good. Fortunately, there are a number of easy steps you can take to make sure that the next one you hire is going to get the job done well and on time! We talk about what we feel are the 6 key steps to take. But if you liked what you heard, check out our blog which has a few more tips!

Water stains on a ceiling are depressing! They look terrible and worse, they are proof positive that there's a bigger issue at work in our homes. Maybe it's a leaky roof, maybe a burst pipe, or maybe we get lucky and it's just overeager bathers! On top of that, many of us have painted over a water stain only to see it almost magically bleed back through our new coat of paint. They're definitely frustrating. But the good news is, they can be easy to deal with. You just need to know the right way to approach the project and the right products to use!

If you'd like more info on water stains, check out our blog post!

Selling your home isn't something most of us do on a regular basis. As a result, we don't always know the best ways to go about it. Personally, I'm always interested in what I should update and what's not worth the expense. Today, we're in the studio with realtor Roger Nyhuis from Keller Williams Lakeshore Holland Realty. He's a self-described "old guy" who made a career change after 45 years in commercial radio! But don't let his relative "youth" in the realty world fool you: Roger knows his stuff and has great information to help you if you're even remotely thinking about selling your home!

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