Vince ClingenpeelVince Clingenpeel is the president and principle inspector of Clingenpeel Properties Inc. His father founded the company in 1954 as a masonry business. He started his career as a bricklayer, then apprenticing again to become a master carpenter and remodeling contractor. He also teaches adult education trade classes in his spare time. Vince uses his knowledge, experience and affiliation with the American Society of Home Inspectors (www.ASHI.org) to provide home inspections as well as construction and maintenance advice to homeowners and do-it-yourselfers in Northern Virginia.
Vince Clingenpeel: I m Vince Clingenpeel, Home Inspector. We re talking about the issues you should be looking for about your home inspection. We re in the bedroom; we re looking at the general condition of this room. One of the things I always like to check is the windows, making sure they operate smoothly, not binding. It s also a big issue with me if it happens to be a children s room. We don t always check every window or every plug, just a representative number. Another good thing to look for is the space around the doors. The margin as it s called in a trade is indicative of quality work or it could be indicative of a problem with the house. Binding doors, uneven spaces, could be a problem in some other issue.
If you re looking in a house and it s been freshly painted and it s all cleaned up and you re wondering, do they keep it nicely or are they covering up something? A good tip is to check in closets. Everybody forgets to fix the closets. If there is a problem, it will show up in here. This one happens to be cleaned, neat, painted, well-organized. So, that s not an issue in this case. Now let s go, do an inspection on the bathroom.