Welcome to my blog!

As a Professional Real Estate Inspector it is my function to provide you knowledge about your real estate.  This passing of knowledge does not start and end when you contract for, and complete, an inspection.  It starts before you even contract my services and continues for long afterward.  The concept of continual passing of knowledge is the cornerstone of this blog, and the many information pages on my main WEB site.  Please make use of these and provide me feedback so that I can improve upon them to fit your needs.  I am happy to run my business and affairs based on my motto:

Knowledge is power, but sharing knowledge brings peace!

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Well I found a really great flooring store if you’re looking for carpet, tile, etc.!

Awhile ago I went on a long journey to find a good and honest flooring store to install carpet in my home.  You can read about it here “Installing Carpet”.  Well, well, well I finally found a really great flooring store to install carpet in my home! Continue reading

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Can an Inspector perform sewer scoping on the home you’re buying?

Well it’s about time that the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) has finally put their foot down to stop dishonest Inspectors from taking advantage of consumers. Continue reading

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Is a new threat to your privacy from a home inspection now unfolding?

Wow I read a totally incredible post today about how your privacy might be in jeopardy yet again!  Continue reading

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Are you buying new carpet for your home or building a new home with carpet? If so you really should read this!

It has been almost 20 years since I’ve had to deal with carpet and carpet companies.  So much has changed in that time it is completely unbelievable! Continue reading

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Is the Electrician wiring your home actually performing work to the required standards?

Whether you are building a new home or having permitted electrical work performed on your existing home are you aware if the licensed Electrician you are using is performing the work to the currently required Electrical Codes/standards? Continue reading

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Is the siding on your new home properly installed?

Quite frequently during new home inspections (phased inspections or the final inspection) the siding has been found improperly installed.  The installation method is most assured to make it through your closing but how long afterward?  Continue reading

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Are you actually reading the home inspection contract your Home Inspector wants you to sign?

Do you actually read the entire inspection contract your Home Inspector is requiring you to sign?  Well you really should and you might be surprised what is in there! Continue reading

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More news about online reviews that is just unbelievable!

In a previous post I spoke about fake online reviews.  You can read about these fake online reviews HERE.  Well it just gets more and more unethical what service providers are willing to do to get your business! Continue reading

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Is having a new construction foundation pre-pour inspection a waste of money?

With all of the new construction occurring this question has been occurring more and more lately on various bulletin boards (BB) I frequent.  On one very popular BB there appears to be a concrete contractor (foundation contractor) doing a good job of convincing unsuspecting new home buyer not to have a foundation pre-pour inspection performed on their new homes (pre-pour is before concrete is poured for the foundation).  The contractor also convinced another unsuspecting home buyer not to have a licensed Professional Engineer come to review problems they have seen on their new home foundation that was recently poured. Continue reading

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Is Engineered Lumber (manufactured lumber) a significant fire and life safety threat?

The use of  Engineered Lumber ( light weight building materials also called manufactured lumber or Engineered Wood Products) such as manufactured joists have been around for some time.  However they have been identified as being a greater risk during fire events and you should be aware of this. Continue reading

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