Home Essentials: If Houses Could Talk  

Change the way you inspect properties

Designed for appraisers and non-appraisers alike, this video series gives you the tools to better understand property features both inside and outside the house. In each episode, host and instructor Steve Tadevich offers you the insight insight to identify and understand what a house is really trying to say.  

Episode descriptions

Home Essentials 101: Exterior — Roof 

This episode features an in-depth analysis of a property’s roof, looking at everything from the roof line to the drip line. You’ll acquire the skills and knowledge to understand house “language” that will forever change the way you perform property exterior inspections. Length: 25:04

Home Essentials 102: Exterior — General Inspection

Watch a detailed analysis of the exterior of a house excluding the roof, primarily focusing on features you’ll see while walking around a house as well as how you can identify and address defects. Length: 33:15   

Home Essentials 103: Interior 

Quality and condition ratings are two of the most important yet least understood evaluations in the appraisal process. With episode 103, you'll become familiar with the interior inspection — specifically knowing what to look for and how to interpret findings. Length: 26:46

Home Essentials 104: Mechanicals

Understanding the “heart” of a house requires knowledge of the mechanical systems. Gain the knowledge to confidently identify and rate the various heating, plumbing and electrical components of a property. Length: 39:38

Home Essentials 105: Basements, Crawl Spaces and Attics

Major defects in properties typically first appear in the basement, crawl space or attic — and this episode gives you the insight to spot such defects. Gain a professional edge with your ability to recognize structural defects and how to address them! Length: 38:19


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