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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Is your GTE-Sylvania electrical panel safe?

Do you have an electrical breaker panel in your home that has the name GTE-Sylvania on it?  At one point GTE-Sylvania purchased the problematic Zinsco electrical panel line.  But is your GTE-Sylvania panel really just a wolf in sheep’s clothing! Continue reading

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Are you buying a HUD home? You need to use caution and read this information!!

Many people look to HUD owned homes as a way to get a good deal.  But what you don’t know might well cost you much more than you thought!  Read on to learn how to be prepared and protect yourself before you make an offer on that HUD home. Continue reading

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Does the brick on your home have a hangover?

Does the brick veneer on your home hang over the foundation wall?  If so is it a problem or not?  If your brick has a hangover read on to find out more. Continue reading

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The history and problems of cast iron sewers pipes.

If your home is equipped with cast iron sewage pipes you will no doubt have comments in your inspection report regarding its presence and possibly issues.  So what are these issues and why the comments about them? Continue reading

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