GOT ROT? (On your wood fence that is)

Of all the inspections I have performed with wood fences around yards at least half of them are damaged.  Of the other half most of them are on their way to being damaged.  So what can you look for when buying a home with a wood fence, what do you look for when having a fence installed, or how can you help ensure your wood fence does not end up damaged and rotted? Continue reading

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Is your home’s foundation ready for the rainy season that is coming soon?

We are coming up on the rainy season and your home’s foundation appears to have survived the great drought so far.  HOORAY!  But is your home’s foundation ready for the rainy season which can cause problems as well? Continue reading

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When selecting a Home Inspector should you ask for a sample report?

When you are reviewing which Inspector to hire for your home inspection needs it is very valuable to ask for, and review, a sample report from the Inspector.  It is amazing what you might find! Continue reading

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Is tainted Chinese drywall the monster it is being made out to be?

Tainted Chinese drywall has been quite a topic this past couple of years.  Lawsuits are springing up left and right, articles and news stories abound, and many are getting in on the Chinese drywall inspection and testing business.  But is tainted Chinese drywall as bad and prevalent as some would have you believe? Continue reading

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Will the home inspection deceptive advertising ever end?

Frequently I am emailed about one Home Inspector or another who has potentially misleading or deceptive advertising on their WEB site or other media.  Many times I also run into potentially deceptive advertising on a Home Inspector’s WEB site.  However this weekend was one I was made aware of that literally sent me off like a rocket in anger!  Read on for more on this problem and what you can do to help protect yourself. Continue reading

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Should the client be present during the entire home inspection?

Over the years of inspecting I have been asked this question and seen many bulletin board posts regarding this aspect of home inspections.  So what is the right answer?  Read on for more. Continue reading

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What does it take to certify a septic system?

I frequently receive calls from home buyers who would like to contract me to “certify” an on site septic system condition.  But what is a “Septic System Certification”, and who can actually perform that?  Read on for more. Continue reading

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Is that foundation level check, or foundation level analysis, really all you are expecting it to be?

There are quite a few Home Inspectors, Architects performing home inspections, and even Professional Engineers performing home inspections, that have been advertising foundation level analysis or foundation level check with the home inspection.  Some are even offering these for free with the home inspection or other service.  But is it really being performed properly? Continue reading

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I have a problem with my Real Estate Professional! So what do I do?

It is unfortunate when your real estate professional seems to be a problem.  There are more and more stories lately where this is happening.  So what should you do?  Read on for tips on how to handle these issues. Continue reading

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Are your appliances, and other electrical devices, installed properly?

While helping a friend with some routine maintenance on their home I came across a very shocking discovery!  It appears that the appliance installers for his electric stove apparently did not know how to properly install them.  Read on for more information that could potentially save your life! Continue reading

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