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Hey, Rainers- The NOVEMBER CLOUDBURST OF YOU starts today, and I want to encourage anyone who is reading this to jump right in and WIN this contest. Even if you've never written a blog before, you can do this. If you have the time to read this post, you can write your first blog entry today. I'm ...
11/01/2013
It's that time of year again!  Clocks go back Sunday, November 3, at 2:00 AM. It's also time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. According to an article cited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the majority of fire deaths in this country (three out of five!) ...
11/01/2013
The hallmark of a good inspector is one who can give an informed, unbiased opinion. For that reason, I always appreciate it when someone who ISN'T a home inspector talks about the benefits of our services. Thanks for the terriffic post, John Savignano!When you are buying a home the costs really a...
09/15/2013
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It's funny how, sometimes, we're so used to hearing something that we don't hear the new thing when we first hear it. Say what?   For example, if I had a nickel for every time someone said "CO2" instead of "CO" when referring to carbon monoxide... well, I might have about $2.65. It's CO, people. ...
08/20/2013
I recently had the opportunity to inspect a house with a cedar shake roof.   Cedar is a naturally rot-resistant material, and it has been used as roofing for hundreds of years. When installed correctly and well-maintained, a cedar roof can last up to fifty years! Sadly, few cedar roofs ever make ...
08/19/2013
10 Things About AWESOME Chicago Home Inspector Tom Jansson (PRESENT TENSE)       1.  He's fully licensed, fully insured, and a member of InterNACHI for over six years! 2.  He owns a polydactyl cat named Gus.  Polydactyls are also called "Hemingway" cats... after a mutation commonly found in the c...
08/17/2013
If you spend any time at all driving around Chicago neighborhoods looking at houses, you've probably seen one of these houses with a big red "x" on it. Seems like they're popping up everywhere. At first I though they were buildings that were marked for demolition, but then some of them were under...
08/16/2013
One of the things I check for on every inspection is a loose toilet.  Sometimes they jiggle just a little bit, sometimes they buck like raging bulls.  All toilets should be firmly attached to the floor.  If they're not, you can get seepage (yuck!) leakage (eew!) and even a rotten sub-floor, which...
08/05/2013
It's been months since I've spent much time in the RAIN.  I'm feelin' kinda parched! Waaay back in March, I took the 31 in 31 challenge.  Wrote 31 blogs in 31 days.  It wasn't always fun, but it was a great accomplishment when it was all over. Then what happened in April?  Well, I had my highest ...
08/02/2013
You might think that at a certain price point, everything about a house is going to be great.   That's certainly what I would expect.   If I were buying a house, and we're getting close to seven figures, I'd assume that it's a pretty good house. Sadly, this isn't always the case. A couple years a...
08/01/2013
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