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How long will it last? Average life expectancy of 6 Home Fixtures

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Nothing lasts forever, especially not home appliances. As a homeowner, you have to ask yourself how much longer you have until something needs replaced. Whether it’s a kitchen appliance, such as a refrigerator, or your favorite quality of life enhancement – the air conditioner – every bit of your home only has so long before it gives up the ghost. Outside of a major, obvious issue, how long can you expect before things need replaced? Washer & Dryer Although we put the washer and dryer together, they actually have different life expectancies. Washers are usually good for 11-14 years, depending…

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Careful Inspections – Our Specialty!

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What separates Inspections by Bob from the competition? We take our time. We look in every closet and bathroom, in the attic, the crawl space, and behind the furnace to give you the most thorough picture of your new home. Even with our new electronic reporting, it still can take an hour per 1,000 square feet of space for a full inspection. A small vacant condo can take an hour or more including all the post-inspection work. For the average house, it takes us about three hours from start to finish. Because we take our time, our inspectors can only…

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When Home Inspectors Are Buyers, Part 2

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On closing day, we got the keys to our new home and went over to start planning our to-do list. Our first critical task was to get a locksmith in to replace all three exterior door locks. That was accomplished the next morning. Next on the list was to start choosing which projects would be tackled first. We created a shared document on Google, which allowed us both to make edits whenever we had an idea, and helped us really get a handle on what the priorities were. There were three pretty obvious “must do” projects: redo the painfully-small and…

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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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