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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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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