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Patrick Walsh (License #3461) is a great home inspector and resource for homeowners in the Triangle, NC area. He serves Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, as well as the surrounding towns such as Hillsborough, Mebane, and Apex. We were excited to interview him to see what home buyers and sellers should be on the lookout for while buying or selling a home.
Where did you go to school and/or grow up?
I grew up in Northeast Ohio, studied business at Kent State University, and relocated to Chatham County NC after college. I have a farm near Pittsboro, and have sold organic vegetables and chicken at the Carrboro farmers market for many years.
How did you get started in home inspections, and what do you love about the profession?
I have a done home remodeling and repairs throughout the Triangle for the past 25 years. I’ve helped many homeowners complete the list of repairs after their home was inspected, and a few years ago a real estate agent said, “You should become an inspector!" I love this job and sharing my knowledge of home systems with folks buying a home. I enjoy the excitement of searching for clues to tell the story of a home.
What makes you different versus the competition?
I have the experience and know how to talk with people. I realize that buying a home is an emotional experience and I try to help buyers put into perspective the condition of a home without being alarmist.
What are your favorite hobbies outside of inspecting?
Music! Music! Music! I have played and sang music my whole live. I’ve traveled the world to perform at many bluegrass festivals. I started the Kickin Grass Band in the 90’s and have released 5 CD’s.
What are some common difficulties you run into while performing a home inspection?
Sometimes sellers don’t realize what is involved with a home inspection. When closets, attics, basements, and crawl space areas are packed with personal items, it makes it difficult to inspect electrical panels, water heaters, HVAC systems, and more.
Recommendations to people who are about to get a home inspection?
If you’re having a home inspected, I recommend attending the inspection if possible. It gives the opportunity to talk about the home’s defects and prioritize the repairs. Of course the home inspection report will have many pictures, descriptions, and recommendations, and I’m always available to talk about the home even after you move in.
Where do you see yourself and your business going in the next few years?
I hope to continue inspecting homes for many years. I enjoy being a part of our triangle community, and I look forward to meeting new neighbors.
Pictured: Patrick Walsh scoping out a crawlspace for a client.
After seeing miles upon miles of google fiber being laid throughout the Triangle as I drive around to various showings and listings, it's nice to hear that google is finally ready to begin signups. They are starting in Morrisville (nicknamed the heart of the Triangle) in the next few weeks and are offering fiber internet and TV for $140/month, fiber internet only for $70/month, and slower fiber internet (which is still pretty fast) for $50/month.
They have just finished laying the fiber outside our office, and I can't wait until we get to signup as well!
It was very common to use heating oil as a source of heat in homes built in the mid 1930’s through the 1980’s. The oil was stored in an above ground (AST) or underground (UST) oil storage tank next to the home or underground on the property. When the home’s heating system was updated to more efficient gas or electric heat, the tanks were shut off with the remaining oil left inside.
Today’s buyers and sellers should be aware of the status of oil tanks on property because oil leakage can contaminate the soil and ground water around the tank for years. North Carolina state law demands immediate clean up by a licensed professional when leakage is discovered or land use deed restrictions must be placed on a property. Deed restrictions from underground oil tank leakage can negatively impact the value of a home and property as well as its appeal to potential buyers.
The Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas) was one of the areas where heating oil was used most frequently. Chris Boshoff, President of Cohesion Environmental Services says that “The Department of Environmental Quality says there are anywhere from 200,000 to 500,000 oil tanks in North Carolina. By comparison, there are less than 50,000 gasoline tanks like you’ll find at gas convenience stores.” He estimates that, “More of 50% of the homes in the Triangle had heating oil. Durham is full of them as is Raleigh, Garner, Cary and Chapel Hill.”
Often a current owner may not even be aware there is a tank on their property because it was shut off before they owned the home. Boshoff goes on to say “This issue most often comes up during real estate transactions. Or a homeowner reports rain has leaked into the tanks, pushing oil into crawl spaces.”
Prior to negotiating the purchase or sale of your home, be sure to research the status of heating oil tanks. That way you can decide whether to remove the tank and possible contamination before the sale, or sell as-is. The Ryan Cassidy Group has handled many real estate transactions in the Triangle involving underground oil tanks. This is one of many issues our experienced real estate advisors can help you resolve with a minimum of stress and delay.