John & Karen S. Testimonial

Thank you Bruce for completing a thorough inspection of our Green Bay home prior to our purchasing it.  You went out of your way to explain everything, and saved us a lot of money in repairs.  We highly recommend you to future home buyers and sellers.

John & Karen S.

Green Bay, WI Home

09 June 2015

Don’t Rely on Garage Door Opener as Only Way Into Home

My client and I got started on the inspection of an occupied duplex he was buying from his uncle.   The tenants were coming home at lunch time to let us in, but they (yup, both of them) could not get in because the garage overhead doors would not open and they did not have keys to get in any other doors.  We were locked out.

My client contacted his uncle who came to the duplex with a bunch of keys, but he didn’t know if he had keys that would get us in.  After trying a few dozen keys he finally found one that would open the service door of one of the garages.  We were still locked out of the other duplex.

So, I accessed the attic, cut an opening through the firewall between the 2 garages, crawled through and gained access to the other garage by deploying the pulldown ladder.  Luckily, the tenants did not lock the doors from the garages to their apartments.

You see, the outlets for the overhead doors were GFCI protected by GFCI outlets in the garages.  The GFCI outlets were tripped by me when I did the exterior inspection, creating a “power outage” to the door openers.

Bruce Low Attends WAHI 2018 Spring 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 9 and 10 in Stevens Point, WI.  He successfully completed course studies in Building Durability Issues with Masonry Cladding; Attic Ventilation; Drone Regulation and Use; WAHI News: Arbitration (program), “Defect” (definition), Involvement.  Inspector Low is also a member of the WAHI Peer Review and Education House Committee, and the WAHI Public Relations Committee.

Inspector Low had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Laura Gutierrez, Secretary of the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services.  Madam Secretary participated in a portion of the Friday Education House program and gave a “Madison Update” at the beginning of the Saturday Training Session.

To maintain their license, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (WI DSPS) requires home inspectors acquire 40 Continuing Education Credit (CEC) hours each 2 year licensing period.  Inspector Low received 15 CEC hours for completing this training seminar.  He averages over 50 CEC hours annually.

See all of Inspector Low’s CEC Certificates through 2017 at http://bottomlinehi.com under the Resources tab.  He can be reached at 920-255-2197.

Spring Ahead!

U.S. Daylight Savings Time Starts Sunday, March 11, 2018 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.

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Stairways and Elevated Areas

Probably the majority of homes that I have inspected over the years have had hazardous conditions related to stairways and elevated areas.  For example:

  • Guardrails that are missing and/or not suitable as safety barriers.

 

  • Handrails that are missing and/or positioned improperly.

 

  • Handrails that are not graspable and/or lack adequate clearance.

 

  • Stair risers and treads that are uneven and/or are the wrong dimensions.

  • Doors to nowhere (except injury or death).

Follow this link: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/sps/safety_and_buildings_and_environment/320_325/321.pdf  to Chapter SPS 321.04 for the Wisconsin Construction Standards pertaining to Stairways and Elevated Areas to learn how to eliminate related hazardous conditions.

 

Bruce Low Renews BNI Membership

Bruce Low, Owner/Inspector of Bottom Line Home Inspection of Luxemburg, renewed his membership in the Main Street Chapter of Business Network International (BNI) for an additional 2 years.  He first joined BNI in 2006 and is the Main Street Chapter’s only remaining charter member.  On average he has performed 25 home inspections per year that were a direct result of referrals from fellow BNI members.

The mission of BNI is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional referral marketing program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals.  With over 220,000 members in 8,000-plus chapters worldwide, BNI is the world’s leading referral organization.  In 2017 alone, BNI member referrals have generated US $13.6 billion in revenue for BNI member businesses.

Learn more about BNI at bni.com.