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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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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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Don’t let a competitive market keep you from getting a home inspection.

In a competitive environment, it can be tempting for buyers who have already lost houses to other bidders to want to streamline the process, making it not only easier for the seller but also making their bid look more attractive. For some, this means skipping the home inspection. But experts say this is never a good idea. The value […]

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Buying a condo? Get a home inspection

While condos may not require as much maintenance as a traditional house, there are still plenty of areas where things can go wrong. Both buyers and sellers would benefit from a condo inspection, in the same way house-owners benefit from a home inspection. The Star Tribune has a list of a few reasons why.

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How to get on top of 5 of the most common home inspection problems.

A home inspection is a great way to find and address the many hidden issues a house may have; problems that could be preventing it from selling at an ideal price. But even before an inspector comes to the house, there are some things you can inspect yourself and repair if need be. Here are 5 […]

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Home Inspection as a Participation Sport?

If you are planning on buying a house, any house, even a new house, I strongly recommend getting a home inspection. In my experience, it’s about the only way you can know (with some degree of certainty) what you are buying. But how can you know which inspector is the right one for you? Georgia […]

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What Should You Test in Your Home Before a Pre-Sale Inspection?

Congrats! You’ve received an offer on your home and agreed upon a sale price. The papers are signed, and the next step in the process is your home inspection. Chances are that a satisfactory report is the last major hurdle toward sale — so it’s important you put your best foot forward. (See also: 25 Cheap […]

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Identify Problems Early

Point of sale inspections, if required by your community, will often entail the interior of the property, as well as the exterior. This is the time when owners may have to bring some items up to current code. (Systematic inspections do not always require that older systems be updated, unless they pose a safety hazard.) Usually, […]

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Even Your Dream Home Will Have its Flaws

A home inspection can spare you from surprises after you buy. After crunching the numbers, searching your favorite neighborhoods, and weighing the pros and cons of each property you’ve seen, you’ve chosen a house that seems like the perfect fit for you. While it may be “perfect” when it comes to location, price or features, […]

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How to Get the Most out of Your Home Inspection

You’ve finally found that perfect home. A white picket fence. A pretty flower garden. That’s what it looks like to the untrained eye. But that perfect home could be filled with all kinds of trouble — poorly installed insulation, foundation problems, sub-par electrical work, infestations of termites and mice. Even a savvy home-shopper can miss […]

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