“Homeowner insurance 101” OR “Do you know what is in your homeowner insurance policy?”

I have seen many Bulletin Board posts and other discussions lately that lead me to think that many people possibly do not know what is in their homeowner insurance policy.  When was the last time you actually read your policy? Continue reading

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Is your Home Inspector taking enough time to perform a proper home inspection?

I have been seen a recurring problem over the years and that deals with how fast some Home Inspectors are performing their home inspections.  There is nothing wrong with being organized and methodical to help reduce the amount of time it takes to perform a home inspection.  But are these fast Home Inspectors really organized and methodical, or are you just not getting a thorough home inspection? Continue reading

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Should I just not have a home inspection and instead use that money for a home warranty?

Money is tight and you’re trying to cut costs during your home purchase.  It has been suggested to you not have a home inspection and just use the home inspection money instead to buy a good home warranty.  That might sound like a good idea but it can, and typically is, a costly mistake you will learn down the road. Continue reading

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I have cracks in my sheetrock and cracks in my brick, are these signs of normal foundation movement?

So you’re buying a home and have seen yourself, or have been told, that there are cracks in the brick and sheetrock.  Maybe there are also cracks in the tile and other signs of potential foundation movement.  Are these signs of normal foundation movement? Continue reading

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Why should I have my home inspected before putting it up for sale?

Over and over again I read in bulletin board posts or hear “Why should I have my home preinspected?  After all it is the buyer’s responsibility to find any problems with it!”.  Well we are in a buyer’s market and that’s what they’re doing, and that’s what winds up costing you more money or the sale when you could have been prepared! Continue reading

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Is your fireplace safe? Why you should read and heed the Home Inspector’s recommendations.

On every home inspection with a fireplace I place important advisement wording in the report.  The wording is there to help the home buyer understand the importance of chimney safety.  But I do have to wonder just how many read and heed this wording? Continue reading

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Is your Home Inspector providing you a totally objective home inspection report?

I frequently read in bulletin board or Blog posts that a Home Inspectors job is to provide you only with the facts of what is visually seen and nothing more.  Usually those same people state that the Home Inspectors job is to provide only an objective view of the home on the day of the inspection.  But is an objective only inspection and report of any real value to you? Continue reading

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What is an Air Admittance Valve ( AAV ) in the waste piping system of my home?

Occasionally I run into air admittance valves (AAV) in homes during inspections and when I explain them to clients they get a sour look on their face.  So why the sour look when they are useful items? Continue reading

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Has your Home Inspector offered you a free alarm system inspection?

Are you getting ready to, or have you, selected your Home Inspector because of all of the supposedly free services the Home Inspector is offering as part of their fee, including that free alarm system inspection?  Well maybe you should think twice about using that Home Inspector as you are getting ready to be duped into a marketing program for alarm system companies! Continue reading

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Is a home appraisal the same as a home inspection?

Have you been told that you don’t really need a home inspection because your Appraiser is performing the same inspection?  Are you confused because so many bulletin board posts, or others, are discussing a home appraisal and keep referring to it as an “inspection”?  Don’t mistake a home appraisal for a home inspection as they are vastly different! Continue reading

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