I’m a huge fan of the programs featuring Mike Holmes and his crew
. You may have seen “Holmes on Homes” or “Holmes Inspection.”
Mike finds home owners who have done their due diligence when purchasing a home, only to end up in a money pit. Mike’s slogan captures what he and his team does: Make it right!
My home is only a few years old, but after seeing episodes about homes of similar vintage, I’ve been looking around for any odd attributes.
I have a couple of holes in garage walls that would make Mike cringe – I need to take care of those. One is where all of the phone and TV services enter the garage to a distribution panel; the other is where I drove a nail into a water pipe (that was repaired!). I need to get this closed off.
Just after moving in I noticed that the upstairs was noticeably colder than the downstairs. I poked my head into the attic and discovered there was zero insulation. The next day a subcontractor was at the house to blow insulation into the attic. What a difference! Even in the mild, Seattle climate.
It’s been several years, so I thought I’d check the attic for any problems since then. I was pleased to see a dry, undisturbed space with 15 to 19 inches of blown cellulose in great condition.
Now that I’ve been watching Mike’s television programs, I have ideas what to look for – such as trails from water leakage, animal infestation, mold, etc. The attic looked pristine to my eyes!
I recently checked the dryer exhaust system, including the roof-mounter vent – looks good.
Next? The crawl space beneath the house! I hope to find a dusty vapor barrier and no critters.
Checked your house lately?