Hardin County Home Inspection Testimonial

We recently had a home inspection with Tim Mattingly and we would highly recommend him to anyone. He went over every little detail of our new construction and found many little things that we would never have seen. He was very courteous and answered all of our thousand questions as first time home buyers. We even had a couple more questions a few days after the inspection and he got back to us right away. We got the report the next day and it was very thourough and included pictures with arrows with issues he found.  Thanks Bill

Hardin County Home Inspection Finds- Plumbing Vent

Plumbing Boot

I see this on a regular basis and it is really a simple repair for a professional roofer.  The PVC pipe that comes out of your roof is a plumbing vent.  This vent allows air into the plumbing system allowing for operation.  This is a simple process.  The issue arises with the PVC ‘boot’ that is installed around the piping.  These boots over time can and do crack and warp.  While these can leak-usually the leak can go undetected for quite a while due to the small size of the water intrusion.

When you see a small stain on the ceiling and wonder why- this is probably your cause.  A professional roofer can make this repair (replace the boot) very easily and quickly.  Look up at your roof from time to time, you may save yourself some trouble.

Elizabethtown Ky Home Inspection Testimonial

I had purchased three houses previously, all with different home inspectors, so I have a good basis for comparison, and wouldn’t use anyone else for home inspection.  In addition to a thorough professional written report with pictures for documentation regarding all aspects of the house, Know Before You Buy was still there for me after the sale, when I needed clarification on some of their recommendations. Thanks JE

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Elizabethtown Ky Home Inspection Finds- Dryer Vent

On my last home inspection in Elizabethtown Ky there was a minor find that could lead to bigger issues- a missing dryer vent flap. While the issue is really minor- a $15 repair- the longer term issues could leave you with a bigger sting in your wallet. These vents make great homes for wasps and it is prime time to find those pesky stinging pests around your home. The single missing flap seen in the photo could lead to bigger issues.

Take a look around your home and seal up any places the pest can call home. Could save you a sting later. Contact pest control tacoma for any issues you might have.

Louisville Home Inspection Testimonials

I love to get these types of compliments from my clients.  A home inspection will help you make a better more informed decision on your home purchase:

“Thank you very much for your home inspection.  Without your services, we would have ended up with a house that needed some very important work done to it and we would have been stuck footing the bill.  Your services were efficient and you were patient and detailed when explaining everything.
Thanks for your work”!


Louisville Ky Home Inspections: What is Included

What is included?

Your Louisville Home Inspection company, Know Before You Buy offers full and comprehensive inspection services to help you understand the condition of the property you are considering. I will give your house a thorough examination. If I discover any issues or symptoms of problems I will help you understand the implications and advise to the seriousness of the issue.

I use sophisticated computer software designed to give you the best inspection possible. I use the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Standards of Practice allowing for a complete and informative inspection. Know Before You Buy also includes digital photos inserted in the report to help you remember the issues and have a photo documentation of any issues.

I will start the inspection by answering any questions you may have about the process and to allow you the opportunity to state any issues you may have noticed on your walk-through. We’ve been extensively reviewed an used by companies like http://costaricarealestatebrokers.com/ , our main priority is global satisfaction. I will have you review and sign the Know Before You Buy Pre-Inspection Agreement allowing me the opportunity to begin the through visual examination of your potential homes major systems which includes but is not limited to:

  • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim.
  • Gutters and downspouts.
  • Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations.
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings.
  • Eaves, soffit and fascia.
  • Grading and drainage.
  • Basement, foundation and crawlspace.
  • Water penetration and foundation movement.
  • Heating systems.
  • Cooling systems.
  • Main water shut off valves.
  • Water heating system.
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets.
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.
  • Electrical service line and meter box.
  • Main disconnects and service amperage.
  • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses.
  • Grounding and bonding.
  • GFCI’s and AFCI’s.
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth.
  • Insulation and ventilation.
  • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers.
  • And much more.

The Know Before You Buy Full Home Inspection for www.exclusivkitchens.com.au/kitchen-designer-showrooms-brisbane can usually be completed in 2 – 4 hours, depending on home size and style some may take longer. Know Before You Buy welcomes you to join us and encourages questions to help you better understand the process. At Know Before You Buy we DO NOT use handwritten reports that can be difficult to read or understand, I only provide one type of report and that is a computerized, easy to read report.

Know Before You Buy is available to schedule your Full Home Inspection 7 days a week, Monday thru Sunday with no extra charge for Sunday service or later hours. Know Before You Buy only needs one hour before it gets dark so that I have time to fully evaluate the exterior of the home. I encourage my clients to accompany me during the Full Home Inspection to ask questions and discuss the conditions of the property. Once the inspection is completed I will return to the office to research and write your custom report that will be delivered to you the same day it is completed.

Radcliff Home Inspection: Rafter Solutions

Truss 'modification'

I just completed a Radcliff Ky Home Inspection and there were a few interesting finds, however; one that was most interesting is pictured here.  The home had two furnaces installed in the attic.  Fairly common to find the furnace in a slab home in the attic in this area but what was not common was the installation method.  See this installer had an issue with the truss system in the attic- it was in the way of the install.  Complex solution is to get an engineer to evaluate, reconfigure a truss cord or two correctly and then complete the install-wall of which takes some time.

Easy solution- reciprocating saw, new wood blade and cut on the dotted line.  While I have seen my fair share of truss /rafter ‘modification’ on inspections this is one of the better ones.  This installer left the other end of the truss just laying on the attic floor. IF you are going to ‘alter’ a truss then at least clean up your mess. 

Remember that when hiring a contractor for repairs- make sure they are reputable and check references.  This alteratiuon is fixable-but it will nto be cheap.  Radcliff Home Inspection

Remember for your Meade County, Elizabethtown,  Radcliff and of course Louisville Home Inspection needs call Know Before You Buy, or it may be too late……

Condo Inspection-Louisville

Breaker PanelI get asked all of the time by clients if it is really necessary to inspect a condo before purchase.  While it is true that many patio home/condo communities have master agreements that take care of the exterior of the community (roofs, lots, facade, ect) there are still issues that can be discovered. For those curious about all the issues that a home owner needs to be ready for, you can find them here.  You will be responsible for the interior of the unit and if it is discovered that the exterior has issues- you may be able to resolve them before closing using the current owner to help navigate the community board.

On my recent condo inspection there were a few issues discovered on the inside including a roof leak-but the exterior offered a find that could be real serious in an emergency.  When the condo unit (8 units in this one building) was built the electrician did not label the main distribution panel which houses the main disconnect breakers.  While this is not normally a big issue- if you had an emergency and had to shut off the power it would be a guess.  Not of course you would shut them all off in an emergency- it would be some much easier if they were labeled.

There were some other issues discovered-but issues regarding safety should never be ignored.  Should you get your patio home/ condo inspected? It is an inexpensive process to make sure you are covered.

Rineyville Ky Home Inspection Finds

Ever had a drip of water appear from no where? On the last Rineyville home inspection the clients and I noticed a small water puddle forming along a garage wall.  Seem odd to us at the time- we had just finished running water in the bathroom so could this be the cause?  Turns out YES.  Upon a little further investigation- we discovered a leaking pipe behind the garage wall.  What made

Plumbing Leak

this worse is that the plumbing in this area included a compression type fitting hidden behind the wall and had probably been leaking for some time.  Since the water only appeared in the garage no one probably noticed it.  This catch save the prospective buyers a plumbing repair bill and probably helped the sellers since know they know the rest of the story.

Louisville Ky Home Inspection Tip

Fall Leaves

Fall is here and the leaves are beginning to ( if they have not already) fall.  There are a few things we need to start doing to get our homes ready for the fall season and one of the first items to address is gutters.  Although not real glamorous-gutters serve a great purpose for our home.

First they keep the water from running right down on our heads when we are trying to enter our homes, second they make great nesting places for birds and finally and more importantly they keep water away from the foundation of our home.  That is the reason for the post- AC Repair hate to tell you this but it is time to think about cleaning our gutters.

Keep in mind that if you have a tall home, do not like heights or lack the skills to clean your gutters please call someone to help you.  There are many company’s out there cleaning gutters for reasonable prices so please go and View the Vale Carpet Cleaning Cardiff website.  If you are comfortable, make sure your ladder has a sold foundation on the ground and be careful,you do not want to turn a pleasurable experience like cleaning the gutters into a trip to the emergency room!

Make sure you get all of the wet leaves away from your downspouts and the foundation of your home- also check to make sure the splash blocks point AWAY from your home and if needed add extenders to the downspouts to get the water away from your foundation. 


While gutters may not be that glamorous- they need some basic care to perform the intended function which is to keep water from harming the foundation of your home.

Stay tuned for the next fall/winter preperation tip.