Do you know if your sprinkler system buried drip lines are actually working?

How many times have you actually wondered if the buried drip lines on your sprinkler system are actually working?  Did you know there is a simple solution to ensure you know? Continue reading

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Are you experiencing tile or stone cracks with little or no detectable foundation movement?

Foundation movement is common in our expansive Texas soils,, as well as expansion and contraction of concrete and wood foundation members.  Unfortunately tile and stone flooring cracks are an expensive result of even small movements.  But there is a way to help prevent damage to tile and stone flooring when these conditions occur! Continue reading

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Is your Real Estate Agent realy referring the best Home Inspector?

Is your Real Estate Agent actually looking out for your best interests when referring a specific Home Inspector(s) to you?  There are two schools of thought on the subject and you should think heavily on this if you are being referred to specific Inspector(s) by your Agent. Continue reading

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In a hot real estate market should you waive your home inspection rights as a buyer?

The real estate sales market is picking up.  Some say it is getting HOT!  But should you act any different and believe it is a seller’s market?  Should you bow down to the seller and waive your home inspection rights believing there are other ways out of that purchase contract? Continue reading

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Is the Texas Real Estate Commission now advocating the use of unlicensed tradespeople and contractors?

I received a newsletter from the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR) that had an unbelievable story regarding new changes to the promulgated forms for the sale of residential property.  These changes appear to indicate that TREC is now advocating the use of unlicensed tradespersons to work on the home you are about to buy! Continue reading

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What is a French drain, a curtain drain, and an area drain?

I see many posts on bulletin boards and have spoken with many who are not familiar that there is a difference between a French drain, a curtain drain, and an area drain.  There is a difference so read on for more. Continue reading

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Is your Home Inspector properly notifying you if they are receiving referral fees or kickbacks when they refer other service providers to you?

Texas licensed Inspectors are required to notify you if they are receiving kickbacks or referral fees when they are making money from your inspection by providing your information or referring other companies to you.  Is your Home Inspector properly telling you they are doing this? Continue reading

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Is your Home Inspector offering one of those money back guarantees?

Home Inspectors are at it again advertising on their WEB sites “Your home inspection backed by a 200% guarantee” or some other money back guarantee such as this.  What you need to know about these guarantees. Continue reading

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How a $15.00 Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve (TPRV) for your water heater can save your life!

Many people are not aware of how a simple safety valve on a water heater can save your life! Continue reading

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Consumer Alert! The State Home Inspection minimum requirements have been changed to your detriment!

The home inspection requirements for licensed Home Inspectors have changed in the State of Texas, and not for the better!  There are important things that you need to know. Continue reading

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