Blog, Inspection Philosophy

Pre-Market Inspections

Pre-marketing inspections can make the buyers inspection process go smoother and put more money in the seller’s pocket. Here’s how it works:

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Blog, Selling a Home

Selling Your House: A Timeline of what to expect

by Julia Weaver from Redfin Selling a home has many moving parts, and whether you’re a first-time home seller or seasoned seller, the process can

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Asbestos, Blog

Is Vermiculite the same as Asbestos?

Every once in a while, we see vermiculite during our inspections.  Vermiculite is a natural mineral that was dug out of a mine in Libby Montana

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Asbestos wrapped on a pipe
Asbestos, Blog

Asbestos Pipe Insulation

Exposure to asbestos, especially long-term exposure can lead to asbestosis and lung cancer.  Even though asbestos was banned for most products in

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Blog, Infrared

Infrared Cameras

The pictures below show what our infrared cameras can see, (radiant heat) which can be very useful in real estate inspections.  For example, it’s

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Blog, Inground Sprinklers, Yard

Lawn Sprinklers

Lawn sprinkler systems are often part of our home inspections.  Some of them are small with only a few zones and some of them can have 30 or 40

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Blog, Electrical

Is your main Electrical Panel safe?

During our inspections we often see main electrical panels that have been recalled and are recommended to be replaced. The main electrical panel

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Basement Tiles
Asbestos, Blog

What about Asbestos Floor Tiles?

Up until the 1980s, VAT (vinyl asbestos tiles) were widely used in residential and commercial construction. In the 1980s, vinyl asbestos tiles were

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Thermometer
Blog, Water

How hot should your Water be?

Domestic hot water should be approximately 115 to 120°F. Much hotter than that can cause scalding, especially with children and the elderly. You can

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Washing hands under water faucet
Blog, Water

Whole house Water Filter Systems are awesome!

How would you like to have crystal clear, wonderful tasting, water at each faucet and shower in your home? It seems like the public street water

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New white kitchen
Blog, Inspection Philosophy

Should the Seller be present during an inspection?

Usually sellers leave on their own before the inspection, often at the suggestion of the listing agent.  Most inspectors are fine either way,

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Insulation
Blog, Energy Efficiency

Which side should the Vapor Barrier or Insulation face?

During our inspections we very often see insulation installed improperly in the attic. Insulation has a vapor barrier which is intended to avoid

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