Why Get a Radon Test Done Before Purchasing a Home

Testing for Radon

If you’re in the market for a home, you want to make sure your purchase is as safe as possible for your family and visitors. Many people will hire a home inspection expert to check for foundation issues, mold problems and other common issues associated with home ownership, however, many do not have the home… Read more »

The 3 Most Common Types of Mold That Grow in The Home

Types of Mold

Once mold begins to grow inside of your home, it becomes challenging to remove. If you notice any indications of mold growth in your home, you must treat it immediately. Mold can spread quite rapidly, and some molds can be highly toxic and have a long-lasting effect on human health depending on the exposure. To… Read more »

Deck Safety 101

There are many important items to check during the home inspection.  One of the critical items on the exterior of the home is attached decks.  Today’s building codes have changed and the way we built them 15-20 years ago is no longer acceptable.  There are many news articles recently detailing deck collapses where there were… Read more »

Safety Has No Grandfather!

One of the comments I frequently hear while doing a home inspection is “This is grandfathered in, right?”  This statement is especially true from sellers.  Here is my comment on this subject:  When it comes to the safety of you and your family for the home you are buying, there is no grandfathered items.  My… Read more »

Don’t look Ethel!

Anyone over the age of 45 most likely remembers the song “The Streak” by Ray Stevens in the 70s.  Streaking or flashing was a common thing in those days.  Flashing should also be a common item found on the exterior of your home.  It is critical to seal the external openings in your home from… Read more »

Do you have enough support?

Some many things require the proper support in order to function properly.  Your home’s floor structure is no exception!  I see many issues with the support posts and support piers in homes.  These issues involve using the wrong methods and materials to support the center support beam of the home.  These will cause damages such… Read more »

Leaping into Spring

As the weather turns warmer, there are many tasks to be done around the house to prepare for it. Many of you will tackle the task of spreading new mulch in your flowerbeds and landscaped areas. If you choose a dark colored hardwood mulch, beware! The dark colored mulch can contain a fungus called Shotgun… Read more »

Quick – Turn Off the Water!

Oh, no! Water is running from somewhere beneath the cabinets and ruining your new kitchen floor. HELP! You can prepare for a crisis like this by knowing how to turn off the water to your home. You should locate the main water valve, know how to operate it, and tag it. Everyone in the household… Read more »

Sticking Closet Door

Sticking Closet Door We’ve all experienced those sliding closet doors that stick and rub. Did you know there is a simple fix? All sliding closet doors hang from a horizontal metal rail. Rollers fastened to the top of the door fit into a J-shaped track above. By adjusting the roller bracket, you can raise or… Read more »

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip A Home Inspection

After your offer to buy a home enters into contract, the process of near-endless check writing begins. There are many necessary costs, such as realtor and lawyer fees, and the total of these expenses may have you looking for ways to save money elsewhere. You may be tempted to skip the home inspection and its… Read more »