Blog, Energy Efficiency

Getting a new air conditioning unit? Pay attention to the SEER rating.

When it comes time for you to buy a new central air conditioner unit, make sure your contractor addresses its SEER rating (energy efficiency). Why?

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Blog, Yard

Is it okay if my house looks like the Ivy League?

While we are doing our home inspections, we often see tree branches or shrubs attached to or leaning on the house. It’s okay but be aware of the

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Asbestos, Blog

What should I do about my asbestos siding?

What should I do if I have asbestos siding? Usually the answer is “Nothing”. In fact, often the best approach is to leave it in place. Removal is

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Blog, Heating and Cooling

Are heat pumps any good?

Yes, heat pumps are good. These days, heat pumps offer a high efficiency alternative approach to oil or gas heat. Due to refinement in heat pump

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Blog, Inspection Philosophy

MULTIFAMILY HOME INSPECTION

Multi-family home inspections are typically done for property investors. Depending on the size of the structure(s), representative sampling plays a

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Luxury Home with a gate
Blog, Inspection Philosophy

LUXURY HOME INSPECTIONS

Luxury home inspections include the systems and components of a typical home inspection plus other items as follows:  swimming pool cabana landscape

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Check-in at Hotel
Blog, Hotels/Motels

HOTEL AND MOTEL INSPECTIONS

Hotel and Motel Inspections are done for property investors. Depending on the size of the structure(s), representative sampling plays a big role in

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Apartment Building
Blog, Co-Op Inspections

CO-OP INSPECTIONS

Co-Op Inspections are more economical and take less time because they typically do not include: Components and systems that are maintained by the

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Townhouses
Blog, Condo Inspections

CONDOMINIUM INSPECTIONS

Many people assume that condominium inspections are much easier than single-family home inspections, but this is a misnomer. Condominium inspections

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Circuit Breaker Box
Blog, Electrical

What is an AFCI?

AFCI stands for Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter. AFCI’s are designed to shut off an electrical circuit if there is a spark in that circuit.  So, if

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Basement Easemend Windows
Blog, Safety

What is an Egress Window?

An egress window provides a secondary way to get out of a room in the event of a fire.  (It also enables a fireman to get into the room from the

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Beams
Blog, Electrical

Knob and Tube Wires

Knob and tube wiring is an outmoded form of electrical distribution in homes.  It was commonly used until about the 1940s. It gets its name from the

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