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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Can a home seller dictate what is, and is not, placed in a seller’s Prelisting Inspection report?

I read a recent post on a very large Home Inspection related bulletin board that surprised me tremendously!  The poster is a licensed Texas Professional Inspector who asked if it is allowed to have a home selling client dictate what would and won’t be placed in a “Prelisting Inspection” report?  Read on for more about this! Continue reading

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Why are two prong outlets written up as unsafe by the Inspector?

Have you ever wondered why the Home Inspector writes in the report that those two prong outlets in older homes are a safety issue?  Read on for important information on the safety of your family and you. Continue reading

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What is a home inspection and why is it so important to have one?

You’re getting ready to buy that home and your Agent advises you to have a home inspection.  But you just don’t understand why spend the money because, after all, you just don’t see anything wrong with the home?  Read on to see why it is so important to have that home inspection. Continue reading

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Never pay a service provider until after they have provided the service!

Have you ever approached a home service provider that is not providing any hard goods and they want you to pay them ahead of time?  Maybe you should run and not walk away from that provider?  Read on for more. Continue reading

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