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Do You Know the Red Flags?

While a good home inspector already knows what to look for, it’s not a bad idea for prospective homeowners to familiarize themselves with the potential red flags that could come up during an inspection. Knowing these warning signs — and knowing what you’ll need to do to fix them — is an excellent way to better understand […]

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Should “Grandfathered” Be a Dirty Word in Home Inspection?

In many home inspections, the word “grandfathered” is thrown out when encountering construction that was acceptable at the time it was built, but is now no longer up to code. But is checking code compliance the job of the home inspector? And does “grandfathered” simply make a safety issue seem less pressing? The Star Tribune answers these questions and […]

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Why Home Inspections are More Than Bargaining Chips

Be wary of viewing home inspections as negotiation tools. The Boston Globe has written an article explaining why home inspections are such an integral part of the real estate process, and why they’re not about finding flaws in order to drop the selling price — they’re about making sure the buyer knows exactly what or or she is […]

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Why you should hire an electrician as part of your home inspection

Most people will do a home inspection prior to buying a home but very few will hire an electrician to do a thorough check of their home’s electrical.  A home inspector is not allowed to touch the electrical panel.  There are so many issues that can exist in your home’s electrical and if you work with an […]

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What to Focus on When Looking to Buy a Home

Note to homebuyers: Forget the stainless-steel appliances. Overlook the wall colors. Skip over the countertop. Contrary to what you might see on home-shopping TV shows, those things aren’t that important when evaluating a house. They can all be easily changed at relatively little cost and inconvenience. Instead, check out the electrical box. Peer into the […]

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Do you know what your home inspector is looking for?

A good inspector has a long list of items that need to be checked during every home inspection. This way you have all the facts before you make a purchasing decision. However, some of the things we find are more common than others. Here are six common things home inspectors look for during an inspection.

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Six Inspection Points to Watch for New Homes

Building a brand new home from scratch? While a new home usually doesn’t have the same problems as an older home, there is still plenty that could go wrong. And, in many cases, because it’s a new home, there are more things you need to be careful of if you want to stay code-compliant. Here are […]

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What Skipping a Home Inspection Will Cost You

Don’t think skipping a home inspection is a big deal? Think again. Forgoing the home inspection can cost you dearly, both as a seller or a prospective buyer. Home inspections not only help you determine the condition of a property, they can also alert you to costs that will arise down the road as well. […]

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What to Expect When You’re Inspected

Home inspections can be an intimidating prospect — especially for a motivated seller — but part of that intimidation comes from a lack of understanding of what exactly a home inspector does, and how the process works. Here’s what you should expect when your home is inspected. Read More

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Cracks in your home: a cosmetic blemish or something to worry about?

When selling a home, there are myriad issues to obsess over — some of which are more deserving than others of major worry. Home inspections can help both a buyer and a seller figure out exactly what should be a concern and what you might be able to relax about. One such issue is cracks showing […]

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