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Home Inspectors Buy a House: More Electrical Fun

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Honestly, sometimes it’s a miracle that our house hasn’t burned down yet. Remember this post? Where we found a house we liked and not only did our own home inspection, but hired a colleague to do the official inspection too? Well, we are once again finding things that were hidden behind the drywall, that weren’t found during the inspections because they were just that: hidden. It may not be immediately obvious, but there is no mounting box supporting this light fixture. All that was really holding it in was friction between the can and the hole in the drywall. Yeah,…

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Home Inspectors Get Schooled: InspectionWorld 2018

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Bob and Mrs. Bob just got back from a week in sunny Orlando, Florida, where they attended InspectionWorld, the annual conference of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Too bad pretty much the whole week was spent in seminars, meetings, and indoor events. Still, they came away with a lot of new information, insight, and knowledge to apply to their home inspections. The conference was held at the Caribe Royale Resort, not far from the Disney area. This was the pool for the main hotel towers, with a waterfall and a slide. Our room was in the Villas section,…

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5 Unusual – But Important – Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

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You’re likely to have a whole long list of questions to ask your home inspector, and we expect to hear many of them. We get asked about our training and education a lot, and we’re often asked if buyers are more likely to run into problems when purchasing an older home vs. a newer home. Those are great questions, but we think there are a few more essential questions to ask.  To help you out, we thought we’d put together 5 questions that we don’t hear as often – but questions that you should make sure that you know the…

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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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