New Construction Home Inspections

Should I get a home inspection on my new construction house? 4 critical things to understand about building codes In the midst of the recent recession which crippled the U.S. real estate economy, the new construction home inspection virtually disappeared. You don’t need to tell this to a builder. For several years there was too much available housing inventory at too low a price to […]

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The Subpoena From Heaven?

It is not often that one gains business and a local advocate from that queasy Sunday morning adrenalin rush when some guy in a fuel-efficient vehicle shows up at your house to deliver a subpoena. Needless to say, I did not rejoice the arrival of this summons on that day, but like many of the strange twists and turns that I have come to expect […]

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Rooflines: Unlocking a House Hunting Secret

Rooflines: Unlocking a House Hunting Secret

  Want to know a great trick for looking at houses? Before you look at anything else, take in the roofline. You would be hard-pressed to find a single feature or attribute of a house than can tell you more about the house in less time than the roofline. As a home inspector, the roofline is always the first thing I look at if I […]

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House Design Flat Roof V.S. Pitched Roof

When it comes to looking at houses and deciding which house is right for you, it is critical to think about the functional design of a house. In the realm of house design, there is arguably no more influential element than the roofline. The roofline defines the look of a house more than any other attribute and the shape of the roofline will determine how […]

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4 Critical Factors to Consider when Deciding to Replace a Roof

4 Critical Factors to Consider when Deciding to Replace a Roof

Trying to figure out if you should replace your roof? Roof replacement is a major expense and smart homeowners know they should maximize the useful life of their existing roof as much as possible. However, wait too long, and a couple days of hard winter rains or snow can cause more damage to your house than the cost of that complete roof replacement you were […]

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Why DIY Can Go Sideways When it Comes Time to Sell Your Home

Why DIY Can Go Sideways When it Comes Time to Sell Your Home

Do it yourself projects are as old as mankind. There was a time when most all of our houses were built by local carpenters and repairs effected by homeowners, their extended friends, and family. In these old days, our houses were incredibly simple. Imagine yourself in a pre-1880’s house with no central heating or electricity or insulation. It was not that long ago that people […]

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House Maintenance Tip: Prepare Your House for Winter

House Maintenance Tip: Prepare Your House for Winter

4 tips for getting your house ready for winter The days are getting shorter and before you know it the dreaded “fall-back” will be upon us. Winters onset can bring harsh weather conditions that challenge our homes and can leave the unprepared homeowner with a bevy of unexpected problems. Here are 5 tips for getting your house ready for old man winter. 1. Service your […]

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