Retirement Thanks

After 16+ years of inspecting homes, effective 15 December 2020 I will retire from Bottom Line Home Inspection.  My 70 year old body is a tad less compatible with some of the tasks involved, so it is time to give it a break.  I thank you all for helping me make Home Inspection a highly rewarding and successful career.  I am very proud to have helped thousands of folks be in a better position to make a buying decision.

Thanks again and all the best,

Bruce Low

The House Whisperer

GRANDFATHERED?…. Not Inspector’s Call

Homes built prior to the existence of building codes may contain hazardous conditions that would not be found if built today.  For instance, years ago homes built with an attached garage may not have a fire wall separating the living space from the garage, and there is usually no requirement to upgrade.  The hazardous condition may be left as is.  However, it is the responsibility of the home inspector to report the hazardous condition.  My inspection report includes this clause:

The inspection is not a code inspection.  However, inspector uses current codes as guides to identify and report hazardous conditions.  Due to the home’s age some hazardous conditions may be “grandfathered” and may be left as is, but inspector defers such determinations to specialists (not inspector’s call).

Bruce Low Attends WAHI Spring 2020 Training Seminar

Bruce Low, Owner/Inspector of Bottom Line Home Inspection of Luxemburg, attended the Spring Training Seminar of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI) on March 6 and 7 in Brookfield, WI.  He successfully completed course studies in Roofing; Windows; New WI Legislation; Misunderstood Plumbing Part 3; Understanding Your Insurance Policy.  Inspector Low is also a member of the WAHI Peer Review and Education House Committee, and the WAHI Public Relations Committee.

To maintain their Home Inspector license, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services requires home inspectors acquire 40 continuing education credit hours during each biennial license registration period.  Low received 15 credit hours for completing this training seminar, and he averages over 100 credit hours biennially.

Bottom Line Home Inspection, a service of B.J. Low, LLC, is a full time inspection company serving home and commercial building buyers and sellers in much of Northeast Wisconsin, including Brown, Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc Counties.  Bruce Low can be reached at 920-255-2197 or www.bottomlinehi.com.

Spring Ahead 2020!

U.S. Daylight Savings Time Starts Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2 AM.  Remember to set your clocks ahead one (1) hour.  Don’t forget or you’ll be an hour late for everything until next fall.

Bruce Low a Life Member of ASME

Bruce Low, Owner/Inspector of Bottom Line Home Inspection of Luxemburg, was awarded Life Membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  A 1974 graduate of the Milwaukee School of engineering, he has been a member since 1975.  He graduated in 1968 from Marlboro (NY) High School, in 1969 from Dutchess College (Poughkeepsie, NY) and in 1971 from the State University of New York (Cobleskill).

WAHI President to Speak at the 2020 WRA Winter Convention

Ric Thompson, President of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI), will speak at the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA) Winter Convention on January 28th at the Lake of the Torches Hotel and Convention Center.  Ric’s presentation, Does Your Home Inspector Follow the State Standards?, will give you a better understanding of the “Law of the Land.”

In Wisconsin, Home Inspectors are regulated by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and must be DSPS certified (licensed) to practice home inspection for compensation.  As Wisconsin Certified Home Inspectors we must follow the Wisconsin Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors, WI DSPS SPS 131 Subchapter IV, which can be viewed here:  https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/sps/professional_services/131/131.pdf

No other standards matter in Wisconsin!  Not ASHI, not NACHI, not InterNACHI, not WISHI, not WASHI, not Willi and certainly not Nilli.  Stop by the WAHI booth to meet Ric and get a copy of the WI Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors.  See you there.