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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How to check for a water supply leak.

If you have ever had a water bill come in that suddenly increases significantly from previous months, with no known reason, your mind will eventually make it to the “Water Leak Panic” stage.  After all your habits have not changed, you know you don’t have a leak under a sink, none of the toilets intermittently fill up, the cost per gallon has not increased, and you just can’t think of any other reason why? Continue reading

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How would you like two free home inspections?

Home Inspectors have been getting more creative with their marketing campaigns.  One of the recent hot campaigns is the “200% Satisfaction Guarantee” offer. Continue reading

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Are all of those “Free” service add-ons really “Free”?

We’re a nation of “Freebie” seekers!  Hey, nothing wrong with getting more for your money.  I for one enjoy the BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) experience.  If I need a product and can find a deal that is truly free, as compared to other merchants, I’ll most likely do the BOGO thing myself. Continue reading

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Is your inspection performed by a “Visual Only” Inspector?

I continually read in BB and other Blog posts that Inspectors are “Visual Only” in nature with reference to how they inspect. Continue reading

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