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7 Red Flags To Look For Before a Home Inspection

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Sometimes, sellers are less-than-truthful on their listing disclosures, and it isn’t until a formal inspection that buyers learn about skeletons hiding in the closets of their potential home. To prepare yourself for potential bad news when looking at a home, here are 7 red flags to keep an eye out for that may show up on a formal home inspection: Rotting Wood Check around door jambs, window sills, and along trim lines inside the home. If you see rotting or damaged wood in these areas, it could be a sign of several potential problems – water damage, termite infestation, or…

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Meet Bob Sisson, An Elected ASHI Leader for 2018

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Bob Sisson, owner of Inspections by Bob, was recently nominated by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Council of Representatives to be an elected board leader for 2018. Bob will serve as one of the four new Directors as he takes his seat at the April Board meeting this year. As a fully-licensed Maryland Home Inspector, Bob lives by the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics with every home inspection report. He invests his time outside of work to be apart of several associations and pours countless hours into certifications to best meet his client’s needs as…

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8 Essential Steps To Prepare Your Home for Winter

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Winter is closing in, and Maryland weather can be especially harsh. To help make the transition a little easier, and help keep you and your family warm and dry all season long, take a little extra time in the fall to prepare your home for winter. Here are 8 essential steps to get ready for the new season: Clean Gutters Clogged gutters can collect water which freezes once cold weather hits. The ice expands, which can lead to broken, sagging gutters that can wreck havoc on your home’s foundation come spring. Pull all leaves, needles, branches, and other debris from…

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Pre-listing Home Inspections: Are They Worth the Money?

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You’ve got your house all ready to sell, and are weighing whether to hire an inspector for a pre-listing inspection. Though some may tell you it’s a waste of your time and money, getting a pre-listing home inspection can make for a smoother sale for you and potential buyers. First of all, what is a pre-listing inspection? Pre-listing inspections are nearly identical to post-offer inspections, except the inspector is hired by the seller instead of the buyer or the buyer’s lender. The inspector performs all the typical checks and writes a report listing all areas of concern. Electrical systems, HVAC,…

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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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