CONSUMER ALERT – IS YOUR HOME INSPECTOR ACTIVELY LICENSED??

I have been noticing an alarming trend that can affect whether or not you are hiring a properly licensed Home Inspector.  Read on for an important alert and notice! Continue reading

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Got mold?

Over the years mold issues have blossomed, especially in Texas, with “Black Mold” scares and mold finds in home inspections.  But what are the real effects and importance of mold? Continue reading

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I am buying a house with a septic system so what do I need to know?

A properly installed and maintained septic system will function as reliably as a city sewer connection. When you are buying a home though there are details about that system you need to check before your option period ends. Continue reading

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What is happening with Texas Real Estate and in Austin?

If you are interested in keeping pace with what is happening with the Texas real estate industry, and with real estate issues in Austin, TX then head on over to Mike Boyett’s Blog and WEB site.  You can find it here at Capital City Inspections.

I’ve known Mike for a number of years now and he has always be there for not only the consumer but also for Inspectors, as well as the rest of the Real Estate Industry.  Mike has spent his time as an Inspector serving consumers and helping to keep the real estate industry participants informed.  Through many, many selfless hours of answering consumer questions, attending meetings of various governmental agencies that deal with real estate, Mike is there to stay informed and help us all stay informed.  So take a moment and drop by his Blog and learn a little of what happens behind the scenes in the Texas real estate industry.

Knowledge is power, but sharing knowledge brings peace!

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Why did that Home Inspector say the trees near my house are a potential problem?

Many home owners and buyers seem confused why the inspector is advising that those beautiful trees are such a problem.  After all who can find fault with one of God’s own creations? Continue reading

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What is EIFS?

EIFS ( pronounced “eefs” ) is the acronym for Exterior Insulation and Finish System.  EIFS is a designed and manufactured, multi-layer system that is used as an exterior cladding to residential as well as commercial buildings.  It has also been nicknamed “Synthetic Stucco” for its close visual resemblance to stucco.  EIFS was first used in Germany after World War II to repair damaged buildings when other typically used materials were in short supply.  Continue reading

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Are Home Inspectors allowed to pay to be on a list of Inspectors your Agent provides you?

“Pay To Play” advertising lists are a common feature in any business today.  The phrase means that a service or product provider must “Pay” an advertising fee to “Play” with another service or product providers clients.  In other words one service or product provider must pay a fee to be referred by another business.  In the case of Home Inspectors in Texas that means paying to be on a list of Inspectors your Real Estate Agent/Broker, the brokerage firm, or other service provider hands you as a selection aid in picking an Inspector for your home purchase or sale.  But is this legal, and what affect does this type of arrangement have on you the consumer? Continue reading

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Is the Better Business Bureau a consumer advocate or a consumer nightmare?

Is the Better Business Bureau really there to help protect consumers or just there to make money?  Can you really count on the BBB ratings system to select your next service provider or business? Continue reading

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Is thermal imaging ( thermography ) a useful service to you?

There is a great deal of uncertainty and confusion over the use of thermal imaging for a home inspection, or other inspections.  Most of this uncertainty is from a lack of understanding of just what thermal imaging is and what it can do.  Many consumers then question if thermal imaging right for them? Continue reading

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Water Heater Maintenance And Care

Our water heaters are tucked away, out of daily view in utility cabinets/rooms, corners of garages, and even in attics.  They are all but forgotten about until they fail or worse yet leak and damage the home! Continue reading

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