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Home Inspector - Square One Home Inspection
 On a recent home inspection I viewed a defect to the vinyl siding that seems to be popping up more and more lately. This is a defect that seems to be a no brainer to me, you just have to let common sense rule sometimes. That does not seem to be the case though, as  you will see in the pictures ...
I don't usually come here to toot my own horn. I usually save that for at home. But I just might this morning. During the winter is our slowest time of the year. That being said, I have done a little website tweaking. I made quite a few changes to the overall look of the site, and a few minor cha...
My wife and I would like to let everyone know that our first child, a son, was born this past Monday. He is very, happy, healthy, and strong. We cannot express the deep happiness and love that we feel for our child. We would like to thank everyone that has sent us well wishes, and have been suppo...
 It is mid winter, and by now you have paid a few heating bills. The price can be staggering sometimes, can't it? Unfortunately, the price of energy does not seem to be coming down anytime soon. So what can you do to keep that cost under control as a home-owner? You can start by doing a few simp...
How long do you spend in the shower? Do you get in there, do your business, and hop out? Or, are you the type to get in their, let the warm water relax you, and just generally hang out in there? We are all different, so our  habits are bound to be different as well.   I was recently asked during ...
Do you have something in your line of work that drives  you absolutely bonkers? As a home inspector, there are a few items that I find during routine home inspections that just make me wonder what some people are thinking. I am sure you all know what I am talking about. That one thing that you se...
This is a great blog, as it explains how a home inspection report can and should be used. Very informatinve, and I thank Jim Bushart for doing such an excellent job on the original.In random order, I present to you seven different ways in which a home inspection report can be used by parties to a...
Yuck. My least favorite appointment during the Fall season has come and gone again. This morning I had to go for my regular dental check up and tooth cleaning. I really dread going to the dentist. Not that I have ever had a bad experience there, I just don't like people poking around in my mouth....
  When I need to relax, I am usually heading for the outdoors. This is my girl Sage, and I like to spend time relaxing with her, though not as often as I would like. I seem to spend more time trying to catch her than actually riding her. But, that's why I like her so much, she is a free spirit. E...
I was looking through some home inspection defect photos the other night. I happened to come across a couple of diamonds in the rough. I though I would get some opinions on them from my friends here at AR. I am wondering what you guys think about this from a realtors standpoint. What would you su...

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