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When Home Inspectors are Home Buyers

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Late last year, we sold our home of 20 years and started the search for a new place to live. Our kids were grown and on their own, and we were looking for something a lot smaller, with less maintenance, and also wouldn’t need extensive repairs or upgrades. We figured it wouldn’t be too hard to find something that would fit our needs. Well, a few weeks into the process and we realized that it was going to be harder than we anticipated. After spending years scrutinizing houses for defects and safety issues, it was nearly impossible to “turn off”…

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Now Offering Home Energy Score Assessments!

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We are proud to announce that we are now officially certified by the Department of Energy to perform Home Energy Score Assessments! Welmoed completed the training and passed all the tests to receive her certificate this week. What is the Home Energy Score? This is a new program started by the Department of Energy to serve as sort of an “Miles per Gallon” rating for houses, so people can get an accurate idea of their energy costs, and how to reduce them in the future. Getting the score can also mean a reduction in your mortgage rate! You can read…

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Boring home inspections and why you want one

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You may not realize it, but you really do want a boring home inspection. You hope we’ll find nothing broken, old, dirty, worn out, toxic, hazardous, with special needs, needing servicing, scary or otherwise noteworthy. That we will just document what is there, and show you where all the valves and shutoff are. Sorry to say, boring inspections are very, very rare. Even new houses have things that need fixing, cleaning, adjusting, etc. We like boring houses, sort of. They make for quicker inspections (less to write down or take pictures of), so we might get to relax and enjoy…

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Hidden Leaks: Home Inspectors Don’t Have X-Ray Vision

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A few months ago our daughter bought her first home. She asked us to do a home inspection on it prior to writing her offer, and also had another inspector do the official inspection on it (to make sure there was no whiff of bias when presenting the report to the seller). There were a few issues, and she negotiated with the seller to address them. They closed and moved in and have been happy. Last Friday, we were headed up to visit her (her house is about half an hour away). We were less than a mile from her…

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Why We Go Above Minimum Requirements for State Continuing Education Courses

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To be a licensed home inspector in Maryland, we are required to obtain a minimum of 15 continuing education credits per year in state-approved classes. Inspections by Bob believes that a good home inspector needs to surpass this required minimum, to increase education in subjects that ultimately benefit our home inspection business and the lives of our home inspection clients. It Broadens Our Home Inspection Knowledge As members of the American Society of Home Inspectors Association (ASHI), we have an even higher requirement: at least 20 credits per year. We routinely exceed this, with multiple seminars, conferences, on-line classes, video…

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Sump Pumps: Keeping Dry

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We had a pretty snowy winter, but Spring may finally be here! Temperatures are forecast to rise next week, so that can mean flooding problems. If your home has a sump pump, now would be a very good time to test it and make sure it’s operating properly. Otherwise you might be scrambling for a replacement before your basement floods. The serviceable life of a sump pump ranges from three to 20 years, depending upon how often it runs. As we like to tell clients, sump pumps rarely fail when it’s bright and sunny and all the hardware stores are…

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