Re: Home Inspection...What do I actually need to fix?
Drifting a little off topic here.
Almost no professional, regardless of trade, will charge less than one hour's labor for a house call, even for a 30-second "I shoulda known it" fix. Many will also charge for travel. Expect after-hours calls to be charged at 1.5 times the regular rate, and holiday/weekend calls to be charged double or more. On certain holidays they may flat refuse. You may be taking them away from other paying jobs or their families.
If you call after hours or weekends, expect to pay the going hourly rate for time spent in travel (between being called and arriving) in addition to any per-mile charge. If you call early in the morning, you'll be paying the professional to take a shower and eat breakfast. (Once when a customer called me at 5:00 am on New Year's Day to fix a major computer problem, I did bill them for the time spent taking a shower and grabbing a bite to eat before I drove in to their office.)
That's why it's so important to know how to shut off electricity, gas, water, and HVAC appliances in your house: emergency calls can get VERY expensive very quickly. Being able to shut off these systems may allow you to call the professional during regular business hours saving you a lot of cash.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.