“That’s always been there” or “It’s always been that way since I’ve been here”. Those are some pretty common expressions I hear from home owners when I point out issues with their home. Unfortunately, we as humans tend not to notice things if they happen slowly over time.  So how can you tell if something is old or new? To help, let”s take the example of a water stain.

When you have a water stain on a ceiling, trace the outline of it with a pencil. If the stain never goes outside the pencil line over the following weeks’months, then you are probably OK. If it does go outside of the pencil line, then very likely you have a leak of some sort that you will need to address. But why use a pencil? Pencil is easily painted over, unlike pen or marker. Questions? Contact me!