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#47: What Am I Looking At, What Am I Seeing?

Ep. 47

This week on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we continue our conversation with David Milne, from Arch Home Inspection. If you missed part one of our interview, check out our previous episode #46.


[00:21] A common buyer question is: Should I do an inspection on brand new construction or on the re-sale of a new construction home? What often stands out on this type of property is things go wrong during a remodel. We also talk about what a tank inspection is, other changes that have occurred over the decades, and various other inspections he's often asked about.


[04:50] What are some unusual things one can came across as a building inspector?


[06:01] David likes for people to understand what to expect in terms of the local environment and how that affects building construction. While old construction often had the same construction standards across the country, for new construction this can vary. Amazing fact: Before about 1900 it was not uncommon for homes to be originally built without a foundation!


[09:16] Because the difference between how new and old may be built, David explains how he makes sure he's seeing what he's looking at. Which requires switching his thinking caps through out the day depending on what he is looking at. What is quite helpful for him are his years of experience in the city of San Francisco and knowledge of its history.


[10:55] In terms of favorite neighborhoods, the avenues can make for a straightforward day on the job... Finally, David shares an unfortunate example where an artistic hobby can potentially turn into a hazardous situation...


Thank you for joining us for this week’s episode. We hope you enjoyed tuning in and join us again next week for the final part of our interview with David.

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