Home Inspection Checklist: Assessing Foundation Cracks

When shopping for the perfect home, a well-built and stable foundation may not be on your radar during the first walk-through, but it definitely should be. After all, what good is a finished basement (your future man cave!) and stylish open-concept kitchen if there’s a threat that the entire structure could collapse? With this in […]

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Patios: An Important Element of an Exterior Home Inspection

For those who like backyard barbecues and tailgate parties without fighting the hordes of fans at the stadium, a patio is an excellent perk when shopping for the perfect home. They come in an ever-increasing variety of materials, from poured and stamped concrete to flagstone, clay brick to cut stone, and asphalt to sand, among […]

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Fiber Cement Siding: Common Problems Found by the Home Inspector

In our continuing series on exterior siding, today we’ll be digging into another option that has grown in popularity due its durability and ability to mimic the “real thing”(in this case, wood) without taking a hammer to your bank account. Since the early 2000s, fiber cement planks have become an increasingly frequent choice among builders […]

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Brick Veneer Siding: Common Problems Found by the Home Inspector

In our ongoing exploration of house exteriors, today we’ll be taking a hard look (pun intended) at brick veneer—an option that offers durability, exceptional curb appeal, resistance to insects, stellar fire protection, and low maintenance compared to wood surfaces, as we noted in our previous blog post about cedar shake or shingle siding. While properly […]

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Hire a Home Inspector Who Knows the Tools of the Trade

The last few weeks we’ve focused on how home inspectors use their different senses to detect potential problems in a home: sight, hearing, smell, and touch. That leaves us with taste, which doesn’t really apply here, unless you’re a home seller who offers the inspector some rather tasty lemonade on a hot day (this, of […]

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