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The one consistency with home inspections is that we are involved in a negative process.  What I mean is that home inspectors just look for bad stuff and do not comment on the good.  The reality is that most of the time we see well constructed homes that have a few problems.  Very few of the homes that we inspect are "tear-downs" and the majority just need varying amounts of correction or repair to bring them up to a condition that is safe and livable.  The majority of the photos that have been posted on this website are those that show the bad & ugly.  So... How about a section that shows some good stuff for a change?  The primary problem is that we generally take photos of problems.  We really had to hunt to find some good stuff to show.  More photos will be added as we locate them in our archives.
This roof was in great shape.  The ridge vent will keep the attic nice and cool, and should add years of life to the shingles.  If you can keep your shingles cool, they will last much longer.  Of course, with a cooler attic, the interior of the home will be cooler in the summer as well.
A thing of beauty!  Here is a nice, large panel that really has been correctly wired.  The panel itself is roomy enough for an electrical contractor to work in and for an inspector to see.  I really liked this panel.  The narrow panels are a pain in the neck!
This is nice to have.  The small tank above the water heater is an expansion tank.  As the water is heated, a bladder inside the expansion tank allows the water to expand.  This can prevent undue stress on interior plumbing fittings.  Too much pressure can cause leaks at the interior.
I don't really know if this can be called "good" or not.  The latest thing in supply piping, PEX came from Europe a few years ago where it has been used for the past 40 years.  Easy to install and much less expensive than copper, we will very likely be seeing a lot more of this in the years to come.
Currently, my favorite type of new siding, cement-fiber seems to be able to withstand nearly everything that mother nature can throw at it.  This material originally came from Australia, but is now also manufactured by a couple of companies here in the U.S.  Neat stuff!
Diverter or "kickout" flashing at the termination of a roof/wall connection will direct water into the gutter instead of allowing it to flow down the exterior of the building.  The only improvement that I would like to see is caulking where the flashing exits the siding.
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