Ann Arbor Home Inspection Water Powered Sump Pump

Here is a video we just shot of a water powered back-up sump pump.

These are a good idea if you have a basement that requires a sump pump to keep dry and if you are on city water.

This is a West side Ann Arbor home where the homeowner made some very smart decisions when they finished the basement.

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Or call toll free 800-801-5247

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Ann Arbor Buyer Agent Quoted on CBS News about Property Listing Language


Ann Arbor, MI, November 2, 2015
Released just in time for Halloween, 10 Signs of a Scary Real Estate Listing, a recent post by Ilyce Glink, borrowed wisdom and tips from Home Buyer’s Agent of Ann Arbor broker Jon Boyd. Noting 10 prime misleading phrases often used in home advertisements, the post was verily an expose on the real meaning behind trending word choices in descriptions for residences for sale.

From “All work has been done for you” subtly referring to a house flipped with low-quality supplies to the effects of “As is” listings , the post explored the subtext of these frequent phrases used by real estate agents to artfully describe their listings. Boyd, a veteran of the pursuit of truthful disclosure in home marketing, was happy to lend his experience to this post, and Glink used several of his anecdotes to illustrate the often-misleading terminology. “We think Ilyce Glink is great”, Boyd stated. “She has been a fantastic consumer author for years and I even have one of her real estate books in our meeting room bookshelf. When her team asked me for some input for this post I did every thing I could to help them out.”

Jon Boyd went on to say that “The language of listings is often confusing to home buyers, sometimes intentionally…Buyers need to understand that the purpose of the listing agent’s remarks is to get you in the home and buy the house, not to inform you and certainly not to disclose things that would direct you away from a house that you could possibly buy. It is not an exact science, but buyers should remember it is an advertisement for the home. It is not objective.”

More about Ilyce Glink can be found at her website at

The  Home Buyer’s Agent of Ann Arbor, Inc.  is the oldest Exclusive Buyer’s Agency in the state of Michigan and has helped hundreds of home buyers save millions of dollars on their home purchases. Since Exclusive Buyer Agents only represent home buyers and never sellers, these companies avoid the conflicts of interest of traditional real estate companies and offer home buyers 100% loyalty. The firm also meets the stringent membership requirements of The National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents ( The standard setting organization for buyer agency.

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Sewer Video of Clay Tile in 1929 Ann Arbor Old West Side Home- Root-bound

1.     I witnessed Dan Tanner and TJ (From Tanner Excavating) video the sewer line. 

2.     The sewer has root clogs at 24/25 feet, 29/30 feet and 42/43 feet.  The sewer would have backed up if I had filled all the fixtures and them emptied them all at once.  The sewer will backup if nothing is done.

3.     Note that there is no audio on the DVD.

4.     Patrick Tanner recommended; a. cleaning the sewer line with multiple passes with 2”, 3” and 4” cutting tools, b.  Checking progress with the camera, c.  Cutting further as needed, d.  Camera again as needed.

5.     Patrick Tanner estimated the cost for this service at $ 500.00 to $ 550.00.

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Curriculum Vitae of Patrick Michael Lyons

Curriculum Vitae of Patrick Lyons

Patrick Michael Lyons            born 1955 in Detroit, Michigan

1717 Covington Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103


patricklyons      @


1977- 1980                 Star-Pak Solar Systems, Inc.       Ann Arbor, MI and Birmingham, MI

Technical Manager- Construction Supervisor- Installer

Active solar heating equipment installation

1980-1983       Sunstructures Construction, Inc.    Ann Arbor, MI

Manager- Construction Supervisor

Passive solar homes and solar greenhouse additions

Active solar heating equipment installation

1983-1987         Richard Adams Russell, Inc.          Ann Arbor, MI

Construction Supervisor

Historic Renovation of 538 N Division, Ann Arbor Victorian Mansion

Community Hall & Renovation- Webster United Church of Christ

Custom homes from 1500 to 6000 square feet

1986–present                     The Buyer’s Inspector, LLC             Ann Arbor, MI

Owner, President, Certified Inspector

Inspected 8000+ homes for home buyers.

New Construction Inspections from footings to 1-year warranty.

Expert Witness Inspections, estimates, reports, testimony.


1972-1973               St Peter’s College, Jersey City, New Jersey

1973-1976               Michigan State University, B.S., Honors College, Graduated Cum Laude

1989 to present                        American Society of Home Inspectors- Great Lakes Chapter (ASHI-GLC)

2004 to present             Washtenaw County Environmental Health Dept. Certified Well and Septic Inspector

Professional Associations  (in chronological order)

1979 to 1984                        Michigan Solar Education Association            Founding Member

1989 to present        American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)

Certified Member 1990 to present

Annually exceed continuing education requirement of 20 hours per year (Actual average 80 per year)

1989 to present             American Society of Home Inspectors- Great Lakes Chapter (ASHI-GLC)

Master Inspector certification with Peer Review Program

Membership Chair of ASHI-GLC Board of Directors 1997 to 1999

Vice President of ASHI-GLC Board of Directors 1998 to 1999

Master Inspector in Inspector by Review/Peer Review training program

1996 to present                        American Society of Home Inspectors- Great Lakes Chapter- Southeast Michigan

Founder, training Detroit-area home and building inspectors at monthly meetings

2004 to present                        Michigan Association of Home Inspectors (MichAHI)

Founding President 2004 to 2006                         Uniting all Michigan home inspectors under one roof

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