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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Are any of these sewer line and water line protection/warranty programs worth having?

There is a new kid on the block, the Home Inspector offering you a free sewer line and water line protection for “Free” for a 90 day period.  Is it just a gimmick to get your business or is it worth choosing that Home Inspector just to get this supposed protection? Continue reading

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Why does the Home Inspector always write up missing kickout flashings on the roof?

What is kickout flashings on a roof and why is this inexpensive device so important to your home and your wallet?  Read on to learn how you can save yourself major repair bills! Continue reading

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What are the ten dirty little secrets that Home Inspectors will not tell you?

Did you know that your Home Inspector has dirty little secrets they won’t tell you?  Do you want to know what they are?  Read on for the whole scoop!  Continue reading

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There is a new movement among ethical Home Inspectors to help protect your personal information and privacy!

Since I wrote this last Blog post about Home Inspectors selling off your personal information a new privacy movement has started among ethical Home Inspectors.  It is a great movement and a huge step in the right direction to help protect your personal and private information. Continue reading

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