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Q & A Do You Give Repair Estimates?
“Do you give repair estimates with your home inspections?” Yes, that’s another frequently asked home inspection question. The short answer is no, but it depends. If we have a good idea of how much something costs, we’ll tell our client. That’s as far as we’ll go when it comes to giving repair estimates. The best way to get accurate repair estimates is to call professionals in related fields and get true estimates. Anything other than that is frequently called a WAG, but I kno
Keeping Your Pets Safe from Tick Bites
This step-by-step guide can help keep your furry friends free of tick-borne disease For many of us, summertime means spending happy hours outdoors: hiking, running, walking in the woods. But even if you remember to wear insect repellent and regularly check yourself for ticks, it’s easy to forget that your pets are vulnerable to these sneaky critters, too. Ticks prefer moist, wooded, and shady hiding places such as tall grass, brush, and shrubs, and they can lurk in decidedly
What? It's time to do some simple maintenance to your hot water heater. Why? Preventative maintenance will result in energy & cost savings, and will extend the life of your water heater. How? Consider hiring a plumbing company to do semi annual service to all of your water systems, including your hot water heater. Many offer plans that do HVAC and plumbing services as a package deal and can be quite affordable when priced that way. Generally the things a certified plumber wil
Home Inspection Repair Requests a Buyer Shouldn’t Make
What Buyers Should & Should Not Request to Be Fixed. When you find a home you want, it is important to pick your battles when it comes to repairs requested from a home inspection. While it would certainly be nice for the seller to fix every little home inspection issue before you put your money down, there are only so many repairs most sellers are willing to commit to – especially in a seller’s market. Electrical, plumbing, roof, HVAC – these are repairs that you can reasonab
A Few Things Your Home Inspector Wants You To Know.
Whether you are buying or selling your home, the process of a home inspection can be enough to frighten anyone. For sellers, it’s that annoying reminder that the things you have ignored over the years might be coming around to bite you in the butt. For the buyer, it could be the best news that they now have their dream home or worse, their dream home has too many big problems. Don’t let the home inspection stress you. Your home inspector doesn’t want to scare you. All we wa
Pest & Insect Inspection
What? Everyone is interested in keeping their home pest free. Why? You don't want your best friend to discover that you have pests before you do. How? Having a Pest Inspection done once a year will give you the peace of mind you deserve. Professionals will spend some time poking around every corner of your home, crawl space, attic, and yard to give you a full assessment of your situation. If you get a clean bill of health, consider signing up for a quarterly (or more frequent
Inspect Your Attic Annually.
What? The attic is an integral part of your home that needs to be visually inspected annually. Why? Problematic attics can lead to health hazards and/or expensive repairs mostly caused by water or mold damage. Inspecting an attic doesn't take long and requires almost no specialized expertise. How? The main thing you should be looking for are signs of water damage. Is any wood warped or water stained? Are there any wood surfaces that are cracked or sagging? If the answer to ei
What? Annual furnace maintenance is mandatory for ensuring its optimal working condition. Why? A poorly maintained and/or inefficient furnace could be costing you huge amounts of money and could prove to be a safety risk. How? We highly recommend that annual service be completed by a certified HVAC or other heating specialist. Some of the main things they should do in this annual service include but are not limited to the following: 1- Replacing the furnace's air filter 2- Cl
Why does my floor drain back up?
A backed up floor drain can be mystifying. I wrote a blog post explaining the basics of floor drains over eight years ago, and I’ve received more comments on that post than any other. The majority of those comments were from people trying to understand why water was backing up out of their floor drain. If water backs up out of your floor drain, its not a floor drain problem. No joke. When water backs up out of a floor drain, it usually means there is a clog in the drain line,
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