Home Inspection 101

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A discussion of the home inspection and commercial building inspection industry. Home maintenance tips for consumers.
In today's real estate market, sellers need to know how to prepare their homes in order to sell quickly. Although some homes require major renovations and upgrades, many require small modifications. A little preparation in a tight market can go a long way. Here are some quick and inexpensive fixe...
In more and more homes, at least some part of the garage is given over to living, working or playing. Many garages are fully equipped with electrical and plumbing facilities. In fact, sometimes there is as much to inspect in a garage as a small house. The importance of making a thorough inspectio...
How do I determine the condition of my windows and doors for maintenance purposes and whether the condition of my windows and doors are a safety concern? Windows and doors in a commercial or residential property are important for aesthetics, safety and energy efficiency. Understanding the type, f...
The bathroom is one of the most used and abused rooms in a typical home. Bathrooms have plumbing, electrical and mechanical devices, along with cabinets and floors that need to be inspected. Inspecting the bathroom is a critical part of any general home inspection. The inspector will check the to...
Inadequate insulation means that 10 to 50 percent of energy is lost through walls, ceilings and floors. Proper insulation helps lower energy bills by resisting heat movement through the barrier. Where the interior of walls and ceilings is easily accessible, adding insulation can be a relatively i...
The type and condition of your driveway and walkway are things you should make note of, especially because these high traffic areas could pose a safety risk. Typical materials used for driveways and walkways include dirt, gravel, asphalt, concrete, patterned concrete and pavers such as cobbleston...
According to www.thegreenguide.com, tankless water heaters, also known as "instantaneous" water heaters, are up to 34 percent more efficient than storage tank water heaters. Tankless water heaters heat water as needed, unlike conventional storage heaters that heat water and store it in a tank whe...
Extension cords are used and abused, and can be great annoyances, especially during the holiday season. The tangles and knots caused by improper extension cord usage and storage can not only be a problem for you during outdoor holiday decorating, but they also promote safety risks. The U.S. Consu...
Electrical holiday lights and displays attract adults and children alike. But holiday electrical lights are also potentially dangerous because too many people don't know how to perform safety checks on light strings and ornaments. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it is ...
The winter months are a popular time to curl up in front of your fireplace. So make sure that your fireplace is in the proper condition for this winter. Wood burning fireplaces are generally considered to be extremely inefficient heat sources, but that doesn't deter many homeowners from wanting t...

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