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Paint, Wallpaper, and Carpeting—More Than Cosmetic Concerns to a Certified Home Inspector

As we’ve mentioned in other blogs, your home inspector is not concerned about whether the house under review is filled with outdated orange shag carpet or if the paint covering the downstairs bathroom is shocking pink. Judgments about the aesthetics of a home are left to the potential buyer, who must make the determination if […]

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Found the Perfect Home? Don’t Forget to Have a Home Inspector Check its Cooling System

There have been many heroes throughout the course of American history, but ask a homeowner in the midst of a summer heatwave to name the greatest of them all and there can be only one answer: Willis Carrier, the inventor of the first modern air conditioner. Carrier’s creation in 1902 changed the way we live. […]

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Looking for a Home in Hot Weather? Don’t Forget to Have a Thorough Inspection of the Heating System

In some regions of the country, it’s popular for families to put their homes on the market in the spring and summer, when the property looks its best and warm breezes welcome in a parade of prospects. It’s no surprise that the busiest selling months for homes are May, June, July, and August, according to […]

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Why Home-Shoppers Should Pay Attention to the Ventilation/Insulation Checkup in a Home Inspection

Proper ventilation and sufficient insulation may not top the list of things you’re looking for when checking out a home on the market, but any good home inspector will tell you that both of these elements are vital to the maintenance of the structure, your family’s well-being, and the health of your bank account. Critical […]

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Home Inspection Checklist: What Your Inspector Looks for When Checking a Home’s Exterior

As you shop for a new home, it’s easy to be drawn in by a property’s strong curb appeal—perhaps a pristine wraparound porch, an eye-catching bay window, the stunning masonry work of a retaining wall, a row of red azalea bushes and a blooming dogwood tree all saying to the prospect, “Come right in! This […]

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Sometimes the Smallest Threats Cause the Biggest Problems in a Home Why Consider a Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection

A home can be vulnerable to a number of dangers of catastrophic proportions—large trees crashing through the roof, major windstorms, flash flooding, and five-alarm fires that can light up the night sky. But perhaps the greatest threat measures a mere quarter of an inch and works in total silence, devouring “your castle” from the inside, […]

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Why It Pays to Have a Home Inspection Before Your Builder’s Warranty Expires

For many new homeowners, the first year of living in a newly built home can feel like an extended honeymoon. Everything looks shiny and showroom fresh: the gleaming appliances, finished attic, sparkling granite countertops, track lighting in the master bedroom, polished wood floors, and all the touches that turn a house into a home. Sipping […]

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Dormers Can Increase a Home’s Value but Also Increase a Homeowner’s Headaches. Let a Home Inspector Check Them Out.

For many home-shoppers, dormers protruding through the roof of a home are a welcome sight, adding a great deal of character and functionality to the structure. Some styles, such as uniquely wavy “eyebrow dormers,” can make it appear as if the house is actually staring back at you, begging you to become the next owner. […]

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Hire a Home Inspector Who’s Spent Time in the Gutter

When checking out a potential new home, how many people look toward the roof and say, “Well, that certainly is a fine gutter system you’ve got there. I’m sold!” Our guess is “not nearly enough.” While hardly glamorous to a home-shopper who may be more interested in an “open kitchen design” and the latest ductless […]

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Foundation

“It looks like there are some issues with the home’s foundation.” For a home-shopper who believes they have found their dream home or a seller who thinks they’re closing in on a final deal, these are words you definitely don’t want to hear. Foundation repairs rank at the top of most costly problems with a […]

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