Best of 2016 – A collection of Home Inspection Blunders
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Best of 2016 – A collection of Home Inspection Blunders

HOME INSPECTION HIGHLIGHTS 2016 Ah yes, another year has come and gone.  Let’s take a look at my annual top pictures from 2016!  I typically do top a 10, but this year I’m expanding it to 12; there is just too much good stuff not to share it. Once again I wish to say a…

Are Ungrounded Electrical Outlets Safe?
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Are Ungrounded Electrical Outlets Safe?

HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE UNGROUNDED OUTLETS Most of the time, you can simply look at your outlets and see if you still have the old ungrounded style or not.  If you only see two vertical slots, they are ungrounded.  However, I see lots of older houses where folks will replace their outlets with new…

Insulating Your Attic Access Scuttle Hole
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Insulating Your Attic Access Scuttle Hole

Most insulation I find in the attic of homes is air permeable (air can travel through it). This means while your insulation in the attic may slow the flow of heat via radiation, it will not stop airflow from the living space, which carries heat via convection, if there is a path for air to travel. The rule here…

Best of 2015 Part 2
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Best of 2015 Part 2

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Best of 2015 Part 1
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Best of 2015 Part 1

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Should you attend your home inspection?
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Should you attend your home inspection?

Yep, you SHOULD attend your home inspection.  You’ve called around. You’ve done your due diligence, or maybe you’ve gone with your realtor’s recommendation (see why that can be a bad idea here What you don’t know about hiring a home inspector) and you think you’ve found the home inspector you want to use in the purchase…

How to Air Seal Electrical Boxes in 3 Steps
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How to Air Seal Electrical Boxes in 3 Steps

HOW TO AIR SEAL YOUR ELECTRICAL BOXES Stopping these leaks or drafts is a small piece of a larger puzzle, but still a piece nonetheless. The first thing you do is kill the power of whatever you are working on.  Don’t try any of this on a live circuit or you could be shocked or…

Best of 2014 Part 2
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Best of 2014 Part 2

I’m a bit later than I wanted to be getting this written, but hey, better late than never. If you missed the first part of this post you can see it here: Best of Home Inspections 2014.  So without further ado, the second half of the Best of the Worst pictures of 2014.   A waterfall…

Best Of 2014  Part 1
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Best Of 2014 Part 1

Another year older, one or two more gray hairs found, and a stack of pictures to choose from.  It’s hard to whittle it down to just a handful, but I selected the top 10 problems found during home inspections this year. A Cold Fireplace – This is a picture from a one year old home.  The owners…

Doing my job….and people hate me for it.
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Doing my job….and people hate me for it.

I got a phone call this week from a listing agent about a home I inspected a few days prior.  Now, getting phone calls from Realtors  that have questions about a particular item on a home inspection report is nothing out of the ordinary.  But this call was different.  This guy was angry.  He was angry…

5 Things you don’t know about Hiring a Home Inspector
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5 Things you don’t know about Hiring a Home Inspector

So your real estate agent just called and said you have an accepted offer on that new house.  Congratulations! And oh, by the way, you have 7 days to get an inspection.  Better get on the horn pronto and find a home inspector. This is an all too familiar scenario for lots of folks.  But do you…

Deck Damage: Is your back-yard escape ruining your home?
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Deck Damage: Is your back-yard escape ruining your home?

With spring just around the corner, your neighborhood lumber yard will soon be full of people buying stacks of treated lumber, ready to build a brand new deck.  Some are DIY’ers, some are paying a contractor, but from what I can see, they all need a little help. Remember the viral video of the Indiana…