Vital Property Inspections

Vital Property Inspections Mike Collins in an InterNACHI certified home inspector serving Eastern Iowa.

Are you or someone you know planning on buying or selling a home?  Or do you just want to know the condition of your cur...
06/20/2019

Are you or someone you know planning on buying or selling a home? Or do you just want to know the condition of your current home? Give us a call! Our attention to detail will provide you with the information you need. We will provide a detailed easy to read report and will take the time needed to explain everything to you. Just by choosing Vital Property Inspections, you will be provided with RecallChek, a 90 day home warranty, 90 day sewergard warranty, 90day moldsafe warranty, and a 5 year roof protection plan!! That’s a lot of peace of mind included FREE with your inspection!!!

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05/27/2019

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We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!!  Please take a second out of your weekend to remember t...
05/26/2019

We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!! Please take a second out of your weekend to remember those who have fought for our freedom!

Do you see what i see?  There are a couple defects in this image of the water heater.  One is minor and one is Major!  T...
05/24/2019

Do you see what i see? There are a couple defects in this image of the water heater. One is minor and one is Major! The minor issue, there is no water shut off valve on the cold line coming into the unit. The major issue, as you can see by the black circle, there is melting of the plastic next to the vent. This is caused by improper venting of the burned gasses due to the elbow noted by the white arrow being to close to the exhaust and minimal rise in the vent stack. This bend should be at least 12 inches above the water heater to allow for the gasses to rise. When these gasses are unable to vent, carbon monoxide can accumulate in the home.
Check your water heater for these conditions or call us to schedule a complete home maintenance inspection!

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05/17/2019
13 Simple Solutions to Help You Get Rid of Ants for Good

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Adhesive Tape Is an army of ants marching toward the cookie jar on your countertop or some sweet prize in your pantry? Here’s how to get rid of ants using only tape: Create a “moat” around the object by surrounding it with adhesive tape or duct tape placed sticky side up. Ants or not, it’s a...

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05/11/2019
Don’t Do These 35 Things If You Want to Sell Your House

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Don't Avoid the '99' StrategyIn real estate, the "99" strategy is nearly always employed. For instance, if a seller prices their home at $499K instead of $500K, the $1K they lose will cover some of the buyer's closing costs, but in the buyer's mind, they are paying $500K. In most cases, though, knoc...

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04/14/2019

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Can you spot the defects in the photos?
04/03/2019

Can you spot the defects in the photos?

Here is a perfect example of why we check to make sure toilets are secure! A loose and rocking toilet will leak over tim...
04/02/2019

Here is a perfect example of why we check to make sure toilets are secure! A loose and rocking toilet will leak over time and cause more damage than what meets the eye.

With the spring rain season right around the corner, do yourself a favor by making sure all your downspout extensions ar...
03/25/2019

With the spring rain season right around the corner, do yourself a favor by making sure all your downspout extensions are attached and drain at least 4’ from your foundation. Make sure the grading is sloped away from your home. These two easy fixes are major culprits to a lot of basement leaks!

10 Vital Home Maintenance Tasks You'll Regret If You Forget
03/24/2019
10 Vital Home Maintenance Tasks You'll Regret If You Forget

10 Vital Home Maintenance Tasks You'll Regret If You Forget

There are many jobs that homeowners often forget about, or don’t even know about. Here are some important home maintenance items that may not be on your list-items that may cause a big headache, or worse, cost you big money if you neglect them.

Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings - Fine Homebuilding
03/18/2019
Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings - Fine Homebuilding

Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings - Fine Homebuilding

Code expert Glenn Mathewson details the code requirements for emergency escape and rescue openings (EEROs). He explains that all "sleeping rooms" must include an EERO, and how a sleeping room is defined, as well as required dimensions for the clear opening.

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03/02/2019

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This receptacle was arcing when things were plugged in. When the cover was removed, we found the receptacle wasn’t eve...
02/21/2019

This receptacle was arcing when things were plugged in. When the cover was removed, we found the receptacle wasn’t even in a box and it had been in contact with the side of the metal box next to it. This is an extremely dangerous situation that I’m glad we found!!!

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02/21/2019

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Double Tapped Neutrals and Grounds 👎
02/21/2019

Double Tapped Neutrals and Grounds 👎

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02/21/2019

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Areas like these need to be monitored for changes!  The chimney is pulling away from the house due to settling. Areas li...
02/21/2019

Areas like these need to be monitored for changes! The chimney is pulling away from the house due to settling. Areas like these are prone to moisture and possibly pest intrusion.

02/21/2019
Water leaks are commonly found around the vents that penetrate the surface of the roof. These gaskets are exposed to the...
02/21/2019

Water leaks are commonly found around the vents that penetrate the surface of the roof. These gaskets are exposed to the elements and deteriorate over time. These should be regularly inspected to prevent unwanted water damage!!

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02/21/2019

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