• Home Inspection Reports: What to Expect

    Influenced by the changes in the economic and legal environments over the past 30 years, home inspection reports have changed to accommodate increased consumer expectations, and to provide more extensive information and protection to both inspectors and their clients.Development of Standards 
  • Protect Your Property From Water Damage

    Water may be essential to life, but, as a destructive force, water can diminish the value of your home or building. Homes as well as commercial buildings can suffer water damage that results in increased maintenance costs, a decrease in the value of the property, lowered productivity, and potential liability associated with a decline in indoor air quality. The best way to protect against this potential loss is to ensure that the building components which enclose the structure, known as the building envelope, are water-resistant.
  • Why Get a Home Inspection If You’re Buying “As Is”?

    Some sellers – often, those working without an agent – want to sell their home “as is” so they don’t have to invest money fixing it up or take on any potential liability for defects.  There is nothing wrong with buying a home “as is,” particularly if you can buy it at a favorable price, but if you are considering buying an “as is” home, you should still hire a competent home inspector to perform an inspection.  There are several reasons for this.
  • Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection

    Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. Your home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing. 
  • What Really Matters in a Home Inspection

    Buying a home?  The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind but, depending on the findings, it may have the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information over a short period of time.  Your inspection will entail a written report, including checklists and photos, and what the inspector tells you during the inspection. All of this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself can make the experience overwhelming. What should you do?
  • Modular vs Manufactured Homes

    While the terms “modular home” and “manufactured home” refer to two very different things, they are sometimes used interchangeably. Perhaps some of this confusion stems from the fact that modular homes are, in fact, manufactured (“manufactured” might be an unfortunate label.) Also, traditional “site-built” homes are not necessarily better than modular homes, despite the stigma associated with their assembly-line origin.
  • Mold, Moisture and Your Home

    Mold Basics -The key to mold control is moisture control.If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth. 
  • Benefits of a Home Insurance Inspection

    Benefits of a Home Insurance InspectionThe Homeowner’s insurance payments can be positively affected when you decide to have a home insurance inspection carried out by a professional certified Home Inspector. Inspectors can help identify different areas where you would be eligible for discounts on your home insurance policy for which you may not already have. Inspectors can also verify that you have made significant improvements in the areas that needed improvement to reduce insurance claims.
  • What Is a 4-Point Inspection?

    What Is a 4-Point Inspection? Insurance companies often require a 4-Point Inspection for the home buyer or homeowner to receive or maintain homeowner’s insurance. The insurance company’s concern is there may be conditions existing in an older or even a newer home that could be a potential liability for them.
  • 11-Month New Home Warranty Inspection

    11-Month New Home Warranty InspectionAn 11-month warranty inspection is a comprehensive evaluation of your new home’s interior and exterior construction. It includes the inspection of all the major systems and components before the builder’s warranty runs out. This is done to provide a record of the home’s deficiencies the builder is expected to repair under their new home warranty policy.