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By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 6
Market report for Artesia, New Mexico through March 2014 This report is all about the Artesia New Mexico market. Located in the Northern part of Eddy County. Home sales are still strong. Looking at the homes sold through the end of March the average days on the markets were only 48 days. Lower than the National averages. The rental market in Artesia remained very strong. With 29.8% of homes being rented in the City. Only 5.7% of the homes were vacant. With this many home sales in Artesia alone, Makes One wonder why the phone has been relatively silent these last few months. Inspection requests have increase slightly over the last couple of weeks. Let's hope the trend continues to improve for Desert Sun Home Inspections. Have a good day Every One.
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 26
When is enough enough? Electrical issues that should not be. It only took 109 years for this home to get to this point. This home was built in 1905, started out with Knob and Tube wiring and then "Upgraded" to fiber coated lines then finally the standard Romex style was installed. But major issues remain. It seems that each and every time the home's electrical had been worked on, the electricians never removed from service the older electrical components. Take a look at the way this homes electrical was a "Nightmare to inspect". The incoming service was correct. But then it went from good to bad to really bad. Heading down the stairwell to the basement. Here is what I found. WOW. Here is Five panels and boxes to inspect in the stairwell alone. Note the lines that come out of the center ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 28
Furnace installation. They should loose their license. Home inspection in Artesia, New Mexico. When inspecting homes, there are a few things I find that really make my blood boil over. Like a really poor installation of electrical, water heaters and furnaces. These are being installed by licensed contractors that seem to not "Have a clue" as to what is correct and what is not correct. Permits being issued? No they are not being issued. If they were, the work would have been inspected by the local mechanical inspector. This "Shoddy work" would have certainly been called out and "red flagged" if inspected. If the installers don't apply for a permit, then in all fairness the local inspectors don't have a clue as to what had been installed and what had not been installed. Therefor  they wou...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 38
Garage and built in apartment. Home Inspection in Artesia N.M. I was performing a home inspection for a buyer in Artesia, New Mexico. I had just finished with the home when I asked about the garage. Since I saw a structure on the rear of the property I asked if that was the garage. The Agent told me it was with a shy grin. Hmmm....I thought as she told me it was the garage and a built in apartment. "And you need the apartment inspected as well". "Yes we would like you to inspect this as you would any home". After just finishing up a 3,300 SQFT home. I was worn out mentally. I was ready to call it a day. But one building remained. I get the camera going, citing several issues that were obvious to me but not the agent or the buyers. The previous owner had added this apartment to the exist...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 26
Some times it just may be a small thing. Home inspection Artesia, N.M. At Desert Sun Home Inspections in Carlsbad New Mexico. It's our job to find issues. Why else would you get a home inspection if you as a buyer or Realty agent not want to know the issues? The small things can add up. There are homes that can have issues and I mean a lot of them, then there are homes that have very small issues that could be taken care of with an hour of time and a little effort. Buyers that have the skills to repair the issues. I have found that about only 20% of home buyers actually posses the skills to make repairs. This could be minor work like caulking and trim work to a full re roofing job.This is actually a good thing for the seller, the buyers will in most cases say "I can take care of that". ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 30
Deferred maintenance issues. Desert Sun Home Inspections Carlsbad New Mexico. There are times when I get to see  home in all it's glory. Then there are times when I see homes that are in need of  lot of maintenance. This was such a home yesterday. This manufactured home has a wood exterior and was in real need of exterior maintenance. I was told by the buyer that the seller was going to re stain the exterior of the home. I told home there was a lot more that needed to get done than just a re staining of the home. Take a look at this exterior of this home. If this was my home I would have done the repairs and re staining before the home went into a listing for sale. But that's just the way I am. This is the way the entire home looked. Except of course the garage. It was fine. With the ex...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 12
Time for roof maintenance. Home inspection in Artesia, New Mexico. On this recent home inspection. The roof was an area of concern for the buyer. And good it was a concern. The roof used to have a swamp cooler on it. This is still a real common place for the coolers in this area. but they seem to always run over and cause shingle damages. In this case the cooler had been removed and a split system had been installed. Good news for the buyers, but the roof issues still remain in place. The roof has Two layers on it. So only repairs can be made to the roof. If the roof was to be replaced then the entire roof would need to be removed and everything replaced. Only Two layers are permitted to be installed at any given time. The area of concern is on the back of the home. Take a look at hat I...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 28
When sellers move out. Take everything please. When inspecting homes, I run into sellers that claim to have moved out. I always ask if the home is occupied. When I am told not the sellers have moved out. So I am thinking when I get in the home there would be nothing there. I couldn't be more wrong. Here is a look at the toy left behind in the garage. The light was left on as a night light. This Hot rod was in the way of getting the drop down ladder open all the way. I reset the ladder and used my ladder to get into the attic space. Then when I was inspecting the interior of the home I found these in the master bedroom closet. These three rifles were left in the home by the seller. I bet they were planning on loading them up in the car as a last thing and just forgot. Not a very good job...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 32
Standing guard. And the test of time. Around the great state of New Mexico we have a number of old places that have withstood the test of time. Not only the old homesteads but the outer structures as well. The out buildings like the sheds and the barns were essential for the survival of any rancher or farmer here in New Mexico. These needed to be made to last. These homes barns and other outer structures needed to withstand the brutal winds and sun of the New Mexico plains. I was on my way to a home inspection when I ran across this barn that has withstood the test of time. I pulled over and took the picture. Notice anything in the tree? Looks like a sentry standing guard on the old barn. This hawk was standing guard on the old structure. I could almost hear the Hawk say "Hey someone ha...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 20
OH NO POLY IN THE HOME. Desert Sun Home Inspections Carlsbad N.M. Polybutylene lines in a home is a bad thing. These were recalled in 1995. These lines were used in homes from 1978 to 1995. The window to get the lines and fittings replaced has passed. Follow this link for more information about the poly line recall. http://www.reference.com/motif/business/polybutylene-pipes-recall This home was built in 1995 and was never added to the recall list for replacement. If it was the home owner could have taken a cash settlement and wanted to wait till there were issues with the lines and fittings before getting a full replacement of the lines and fittings. Or the home owner was never notified by the plumbing company that there was ever a recall. Well, now the time has come for the owner to st...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 24
Roofs and transferable warranties. Home inspection in Artesia, N.M. At Desert Sun Home Inspections in Carlsbad New Mexico, We don't get involved with any warranty transfers when inspecting a home. I was asked yesterday about a warranty on a homes roof. The warranty was for only the section of the roof that has a life time rubber roof. Once the warranty was to be transferred to the new owner, the warranty by the installer is now limited to 15 years. Really! Why. When the roof was installed it was to be a life time roofing install. Simply by transferring the warranty coverage, the warranty gets limited to Fifteen years. The roof should have been done completely. Not just a portion of the roof. I think that the warranty is not the biggest issue with this homes roofing conditions. Take a lo...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 32
Some things are beyond explaining. Home inspect in Artesia New Mexico. At Desert Sun Home inspections in Carlsbad New Mexico. We inspect homes for the buyers and the sellers. There are times when the sellers should have called you for a pre listing inspection. But then, in my opinion. Most sellers want the buyers to pay for a home inspection and then see what the home inspector comes up with in the report that the buyers may want to get repaired. The most common of all things is the missing smoke detectors and C O detectors. Although this home did have a smoke detector. It was not properly located and there was only one in the home. But the inspection turned up plumbing issues that needs to be addressed by the sellers. Take a look at this area below the kitchen sink. Maybe the installer...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 28
When to keep your mouth shut and when to speak up. Wrong is wrong. I have been known to speak my mind. But when it comes to the safety of a family I need to voice my opinion even when the opinion was not solicited. Case in point. I did a home inspection on a home last summer. The home sold but had a few issues that needed to be addressed for the buyer. One of the issues the home had was the Chimney not having a chimney cap on it. This was letting the rain, leaves and birds into the chimney area. In the reoport I had this as an issue. I recommended the buyer have a "Chimney cap" installed for the safety of the fire place and the chimney stack. I was at a home inspection Yesterday right next door to the home that was inspected this past summer. I remembered the home and most of the issues...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 80
A little venting anyone? Desert Sun Home inspections Carlsbad New Mexico. On a recent home inspection in Artesia New Mexico. I found that the venting to the home was not up to par. The home has gable venting and can venting. But what happens when the gable venting is not actually venting anything? Even though the can vents were cut out and installed properly. The gable vents were not. Free air space is what a vent has when being calculated to the homes attic size. Following the codes, These vents actually are very small in relation to the "Free Air space" that they deliver. I am sure you have already heard about all the right ways and reasons to vent an attic. The main is to keep the moisture out of the attic. The second is the conditioning of the attics air space. An improperly vented ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 22
Quality control lacking. JHA missing. Home inspection in Artesia N.M. It seems we have seen this before. When the home buyers call Desert Sun home Inspections in Carlsbad, New Mexico, they want and frankly expect a great home inspection. There are some home inspections that are beyond reason. Was there no quality control on the home build? Where was all the inspections by the local building officials? There seems to be a lack of inspecting or a lack of enforcement of the codes when it comes to what was found at this home inspection. Take for example the venting in the attic. The roof cans are meant to allow the flow of air from the soffit venting into the attic then out through the can vents installed high in the roofing. But what happens when the venting is partially blocked off? This ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 30
Furnace install, trust but verify inspection. Desert Sun Inspections. When the sellers of this home was in the process of having the furnace replaced. They called and had a reputable company come in and do the new furnace install. This should have been the best way to go right? Just because you think you are using a reputable company doe's not mean that they are going to install a furnace or any other appliance the right way. Take for instance the furnace install. There seems to be an issue. The home owner thought they had the perfect company and did get a perfect installation. But when it get's inspected by Desert Sun Inspections. We have an issue with the installation. Take a look at what I saw when inspecting this furnace. Every thing looks to be correct with the new furnace. But the...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 50
When the roof is on the move. Home inspection in Artesia, New Mexico. Homes move. They move a lot more than people think they do. The heating up and cooling off of the home makes the home move. Not to mention when you have a moisture issue that adds to the problems of a home. Take into account the cracks in the stucco. Common in most cases with the small movement of the home. But on this home inspected recently there was other forces at work. This homes roof was on the move. Moisture is the guilty party in this case. Take a look at the roof and the problems associated with a moisture issue. Here we have a good look at the facia and the warping of the homes exterior. This facia has warped to the point it needs to be removed and replaced with new materials. Leading the way is a moisture i...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 18
One owner home since 1957. Home Inspections in Artesia, New Mexico. At Desert Sun Home Inspections, we have a lot of investor's for housing properties that use our services. These investor's rely on a quality report after each and every inspection. This is what Desert Sun Home Inspections will and do'es each and every time we are called to inspect a potential investment property. We got called for a home inspection that was for one of the property investing client's. He thanked me for the previous report on an investment property that in his words "That report saved me a lot of money. It was well worth the inspection fee". This home I was told by the investor had been built in 1957 and the same lady had lived in the home till earlier this year. That's a long time to live in the same hom...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 22
Commercial inspections in Artesia New Mexico. Desert Sun Commercial inspections is the go to company for Commercial draw and verification inspections in the Carlsbad New Mexico area. Here is a Project just getting started. If your company is a lender and you need a Verification, code compliance, draw and time line inspections. Even if the project has been started already. We can verify the stage, compliance and the draw requests for the projects being in progress without any disruption in the building process. The Desert Sun Commercial inspections is the go to Company for those inspections. No matter the amount of the initial project, Desert Sun Commercial inspections is the company to call. Here ia a project in phase three. From small rehabs to total new building projects. Desert Sun ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 26
New Home inspection in Artesia, New Mexico. New Home and the issues. This is a prime example of why even new homes need a home inspection. This home was built by a very well known reputable builder. With that being said. Even the best of builders homes still need to be inspected for the peace of mind when it comes to spending a lot of money for a new home. This home was built in 2011. I arrived at the home for the inspection a little early and got started on the exterior of the home. The Owners of the home were there to let everyone into the home when we arrived. I really don't care for this because the sellers tend to follow you around and you don't feel you can speak freely when the sellers follow you around. I was on the exterior of the home when the sellers were following me around....

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