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What adventurous young--or not so young--couple hasn’t dreamed of buying a battered fixer-upper, then using their hard work and imagination to turn it into a showplace? It really is possible to buy a downtrodden house at a great price, invest your time and money improving it, and end up with a h...
04/13/2012
If we had to pick just one thing, it would be: “Don’t let the list of defects in the home inspection report keep you from buying the house.”    We make a point of never telling our customers whether they should buy--or not buy--a house, because our job is providing you with information to help y...
03/01/2012
No. We inspect the electric power system of the home, but not the telephone, internet, or cable/satellite television wiring or providers. However the FCC provides a database of internet providers serving any address in the United States that can be helpful, especially if you require high-speed i...
03/01/2012
The discoloration is likely “efflorescence,” which is an accumulation of minerals and salts on the surface of the brick due to repeated bouts of excess water in the material. When the brick is saturated with water, the minerals that naturally occur in the masonry material are dissolved and, as t...
01/15/2012
  The garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in most homes, plus some of its components are under high tension. Improper installation, damage, or poor maintenance creates a dangerous condition that can cause serious injury or even death. So we take garage door inspection seriously...
01/15/2012
If you see two pipes sticking out of the ground in the yard that look like the picture above, then an abandoned fuel oil tank lurks in the ground below. There may still be a functional fuel oil fired furnace in the Gainesville area, but we haven’t seen one in a long time; natural gas and electri...
01/14/2012
  There are several different ways to properly connect a generator to a house electrical panel for use during a power outage. All of them have one thing in common: they are configured in way that makes it impossible to have both the generator connection and the electric utility connection to the...
01/13/2012
  Every breaker in an electric panel provides “over-current protection,” meaning that if too much electricity is flowing through the circuit it protects--which may cause the wiring to overheat and start a fire--the breaker trips, shutting off the electricity. The breaker switch moves to the midd...
01/13/2012
While the crack you just noticed may have been opening slowly over a period of months or years, and it became big enough to catch your eye only recently, it is also possible that it appeared in a single day.    The key word for understanding how a fairly large crack can appear overnight is “elas...
11/13/2011
One answer to this question is: knob and tube wiring is an insurance no-no. Most insurance companies will not write a new homeowner’s policy for a house with knob and tube wiring.    It’s also sometimes called K&T, and part of the challenge we have when inspecting pre-1940 homes is determini...
11/13/2011
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