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Gary Smith - Home Inspection Safety

Is Your Fireplace Mantel Safe?

Over the years I’ve built hundreds of fireplace mantels. I’m often asked: What is the typical and safest distance between the mantle piece and fireplace? RULE OF THUMB (considering the mantel is wooden) The most common measurement is to place it 12″ above the top of the fireplace system, and for every additional inch that the […]

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Gary Smith - Home Inspector - Picture of House on Money

Do I Really Really Need a Real Estate Agent?

Let’s cut to the chase…unless you’re ready, willing and able to do and have ALL of the following: Locate potential property. Schedule appointment to see property. Know the market trends in the neighborhood Know school district lines Contact “The Right Lender” Can locate parks and recreation, shopping and places of worship Got the inside of […]

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Life’s Soup Bowl All Boils Down to Trust

In early November-2013, in Las Vegas, NV, there’s a student competition underway. The ad goes something like this: ABC’s Construction Management Competition (CMC) is a hallmark competition that promotes careers in construction management.  In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the competition fosters an environment that will bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among […]

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5 Warning Signs of an Unsafe Deck

More injuries from yet another example of unsafe conditions around the home. 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 at the residence. Watch for 5 Warning Signs of unsafe deck construction. Totally […]

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Should Real Estate Agents Attend the Home Inspections?

Many real estate agents don’t attend their buyer’s home inspection because someone has told them that this increases their liability.  I completely disagree.  It’s their conduct at the inspection that puts them at risk, not their presence.   About half of the agents that I regularly work with attend at least part of the inspection, and […]

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Preventing Waste Line Noise in a Two Story Home

The Issue We’re at the inspection and I ask my client to stand near a downstairs wall that I suspect holds the waste line for an upstairs toilet. Before heading upstairs I asked her to listen for sounds of rushing water. I flush. I hear a few comments from the downstairs “listener” (and they’re not […]

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Is your real estate service provider also a Farmer?

Every agent has one. Every builder has one. I imagine that almost everyone who engages in any business venture has one. They’re your trusted group, your right arm; they’re the ones you turn to – the ones you trust. They’re called your “Short List”. But, when you recommend them, do you really know what they’re […]

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