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Construction Coaching – Wet Lumber

:: Nail Pops – Interior Trim Cracks – Bowed Stud Walls :: These conditions could have very little to do with the quality of the sub-contractors and more to do with how the builder stored his lumber during construction, the temp and moisture level present at the time the frame is being built and how […]

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Is Your Porch Too Beautiful To Screen?

Take a walk down the streets of any historic neighborhood and it is easy to see the allure of a grand old porch. Each genre of architecture has its own unique way of celebrating this inviting sanctuary that links the home with the surroundings of outdoor life. Sadly, a charming porch will often remain vacant […]

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Lead Paint Warning

Lead Based Paint

If it’s red – there’s lead! We tested this window last week. Are you buying an older home (prior to 1978)? Your real estate agent will ask you to sign a lead paint disclosure statement (An EPA-approved information pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards) encouraging you to consider having your home tested for […]

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Indoor Air Quality

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Gary Smith - Brandon MS Home Inspector

Brass Has No Class!

Jeeezzzz, I remember choosing this fixture for ALL my spec homes back in the 80’s and we didn’t think our homes were “cheap”! According to Mary Umberger of Inman News in her recent post at “Rooms for Improvement”, brass has no class when it comes to impressing buyers.

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3 Challenges of Buying and Inspecting a Foreclosure

I got a call yesterday to inspect a home in foreclosure. For the inexperienced inspector, this could be quite the challenge. We have little to no access to data or history about the properties we inspect and when the home is owned by a bank or other governmental agency the opportunity to ask questions or uncover […]

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3 Land Mines to Avoid When Moving a House Using an FHA 203(k)

Moving a house to vacant land. An older home is being either torn down or moved. Your client has chosen to purchase the house and have it moved. She wants to finance the deal with an FHA 203(k) Mortgage. The borrower owns the land and has an agreement with house mover to relocate the building. The […]

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5 Warning Signs of an Unsafe Deck

There about 40 million decks in the US. About 1/2 of them need either repairing or replacement. The cause? Improper construction or/and lack of maintenance. July 28th – 2013 :: Tinley Park, IL Fourteen people were injured Saturday night after the second-floor deck of a home in the 16700 block of Beverly Avenue collapsed during a party […]

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