home inspector: Return On Investment With Home Remodeling Projects - 02/22/13 07:09 AM
 
The return on investment with home remodeling projects is frequently a concern when planning upgrades and can top 80% or be only for your own enjoyment. Sometimes we overlook the enjoyment factor when looking only at return on investment. Remember, it's your home and should be, well, homey. 
According to a recent article in RealtorMag, currently one of the best returns is on a new front door, topping 85% while a new deck returns only 77%. If you plan on listing in the near future then maybe the door makes the most sense but if you are not planning on … (4 comments)

home inspector: Sometimes Business Stinks! - 02/16/13 09:28 AM
Sometimes Business Stinks!
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The first aromatic offering your home inspector may encounter might be as he first walks into your prospective purchase. Overpowering evidence that the present owner smoked, and smoked and smoked and... Well you get the picture.
In the excitement of your first viewing this may have been overlooked or covered up by room deodorizers in each room. Smoke can get anywhere air can get so it will have coated walls, duct work and worked its way into furniture, rugs and carpets.
The good news is that the rugs and furniture are probable on their way out with … (0 comments)

home inspector: How long before I have to do this again? - 11/14/11 10:47 PM
 
Replacing or upgrading the many components in our home is a costly enterprise and one recurring question is always, “How long before I have to do this again?”
 Frankly, the answer will always be a little fuzzy, even to home inspectors, since it is an average of those that fail right out of the box and those that appear to cling to life far beyond our most outlandish expectations. It also does not take into account the fact that older, simpler machines may be expected to survive longer than newer, more complex units do and that weather and usage may … (0 comments)

home inspector: Common Housing Defects, Part 1 - 10/22/11 10:14 AM
 
Common Housing Defects, Part 1
 Home Inspectors may disagree on the exact order of a list of prevalent defects found in the course of home inspections. One thing they will almost universally agree on is that water is the enemy of a house and those defects that lead to water problems are among the most devastating.
 Landscaping problems are often a simple matter of assuring that the soil slopes away from the structure for the first 10 feet or so at a rate of about 1 inch per foot. When coupled with a proper gutter system, this will help reduce … (41 comments)

home inspector: Making a home more aging friendly - Aging in place safety issues. - 10/16/11 08:46 AM
 Making a home more aging friendly
 Aging in place safety issues.
 Buying a new home or remodeling a current residence, making our homes better serve our needs as we “mature” is often just a matter of a few simple changes.  These changes can make your home safer, easier to navigate and more comfortable and comforting.
 As always, the primary concern is safety and can often be addressed by the attention to a few details. Your Realtor or Home Inspector can often help in detailing these for you.
 Install grab bars in the bathrooms at the shower, tub and by the toilet. … (2 comments)

home inspector: A Home Inspector’s day off and a trip to Fargo's Yonker Farm - 10/09/11 09:30 PM
A Home Inspector’s day off
On a rare Saturday off I had the chance to take my family to Yunker Farm in north Fargo for a very nice Fall festival. My daughter loved the children’s museum and I would recommend the fun activities and hands-on learning to any parent looking for an affordable and educational outing.
While waiting for my wife and daughter to finish their mini-train ride around the grounds I found myself checking out the house the museum is located in. I couldn't help but notice the poor condition of the roof shingles. Many were missing and I could … (1 comments)

home inspector: Season changes - 10/25/09 08:46 AM
 
The changing leaves signify fall is upon us and although it brings with it one of the most colorful of seasons it also signifies that the summer is past and it’s time to shut the summer place down. Here are a few of the important tasks to remember to protect your cottage or cabin and allow you a little peace of mind while away.
 
1)         Cover the chimney flues to help prevent pests entering and setting up house keeping for the long winter’s night. Clean out any ashes in the stove or fireplace, not only to assure that all … (13 comments)

home inspector: Top 10 steps in preparing your cottage or cabin for that long cold winter sleep - 09/28/08 12:54 PM
The changing leaves signify fall is upon us and although it brings with it one of the most colorful of seasons it also signifies that the summer is past and it’s time to shut the summer place down. Here are a few of the important tasks to remember to protect your cottage or cabin and allow you a little peace of mind while away.
1) Cover the chimney flues to help prevent pests entering and setting up house keeping for the long winter’s night. Clean out any ashes in the stove or fireplace, not only to assure that all embers are … (0 comments)

 
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