Wire, wire, pants on fire.

I often get asked if I give some sort of priority or ranking to issues that I find when inspecting a home. I absolutely do. My inspection reports have a summary section that appears before the rest of the report, and issues that need to be addressed first (sometimes I’ll say “before occupying”) go into […]

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The Iceberg Effect

Famously, the part of the iceberg that can be seen above the waterline is only a fraction of the whole. Not accounting for what can’t be seen has led to some historic catastrophes like the sinking of the Titanic, and indirectly to excruciatingly long movies like Titanic. Ignoring what’s not in front of you is […]

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Snap, Crackle, Pop

When I do an inspection, I explain to clients that I will be making a “limited visual inspection” of the house in the condition it is in on the day of the inspection. Sometimes, this language about an inspection being limited raises some eyebrows – with good reason. How would you feel if you ordered […]

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Veterans Appreciation

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, the day we as a country remember the sacrifice and service of those who have served in the armed forces. In just a few weeks, most of us will gather around the Thanksgiving table with friends and family or go out into the community to share dinner with those less fortunate. […]

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Wild Leaves

“As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky” – A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, 1822 No. It wasn’t originally known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, that came later. More puzzling for me has always been how a beautiful image […]

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Apples to Apples

Hey there. It is hard to imagine a better way to kick off a blog about life, building, and design in the northern Shenandoah Valley than with a little apple-picking. Yup, apple picking. Amid crazy schedules and long days, we finally got a chance to walk through the sun-drenched Marker-Miller apple orchards in Winchester this […]

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