Monday, March 24, 2008
Condo Buyers Please Remember
When you buy a Condo , you own a piece of the big pie .
Mon, March 24, 2008 | link
This means that if the roof goes or there is a major problem
, be it plumbing , elevator, structural etc.
Special assesments will get paid by you whether or not you can afford
Ask your Inspector to look at more than between the walls.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Chicago Home Inspection (exterior water penetration)
Thu, March 6, 2008 | link
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Condo High Rise Owners Catch a Break
Wed, January 9, 2008 | link
G ood News For High Rise Condo Owners
With all of the bad news that came out of the Real Estate market , it is nice to report on the good when it happens
It may be recalled that much has been made over recent years regarding pieces of Terra cotta
and other exterior wall cladding raining down on unsuspecting pedestrians in the down town areas of Chicago
The city council responded to protect the public by in acting laws requiring extensive inspection to be paid for
out of association building funds.
Unfortunatlly the expense of obeying these laws
proved to be far to burdonsome for many unit owners when their assesments skyrocketed.
The city council aggreed and has rolled back some of the requirements starting in 2008 these are some of the changes.
Keep in mind that a high rise is defined
as 80 feet or more .
1) Inspection coverage is reduced to 25 percent from the previous 50 percent (I.B.C recommendation)
2) Invasive inspection has been reduced to one for each facade rather than the previously
3) Inspection can be done with individual chairs (boatswains )
rather than scaffolding.
4)..Inspection reports will need to be done once every six years rather
than the previous every two years.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Lack of code inspectors for chicago area
Thu, November 15, 2007 | link
WLS channel 7 did a great story on the 10;00 news last night regarding the lack of proper inspection on new construction
here in Chicago and the surrounding area.
If you ever used my services you already know that between the physical Home
or Condo inspection and the property inspection report that is pretty much a full day for me.
Thanks to the shortage
however these Guy's (and gal's) are running around reporting on up to 15 properties a day.It just goe's to show
why only a fool would not hire there own Home inspector .
I find more wrong in new construction than in old.
of these places I find the porches ready to collapse , which is crazy after the death's which occured a few years back
over on wrightwood ave in lincoln park.
Here is a link to the video from last night s news;
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Thu, November 8, 2007 | link
The other day I had my ejector pump in the basement go out.
Unfortunatly I found this out while taking a relaxing morning
shower as the water begain overflooing on to the floor from the shower stall.
I you do not know what an ejector pump
is , it is what you need if you have any bathroom facilities in your basement in order to counteract gravity.
the waste up high enough so that it can make it's way out of the house and flow into the public sewer system.There is
a grinder built into the bottom to help liquefy the waste from the toilet.
Here are a couple pics to help you understand
how they work.