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Category: New Construction

Proposed Rule Will Eliminate the FHA Inspector Roster

Streamlining Inspection and Warranty Requirements for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Single-Family Mortgage Insurance: Removal of the FHA Inspector Roster and of the Ten-Year Protection Plan Requirements for High Loan-to-Value Ratio Mortgages In February of this year HUD proposed this rule Read More

Appraisal Institute Releases Helpful Addendum, Green Home Clarification

A few weeks ago I shared that “Greening the MLS” can help disclose the addition of energy efficient elements in residential construction and how that might affect the liabilities of the MLS system. Last week the Appraisal Institute introduced the Residential Green & Read More

Safe Buildings Save Lives – 10 Fire Safety Tips for Your Home

As a code certified building inspector I’d like to remind you of what it takes to create and sustain safe/sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system. The awareness program is presented by the 50,000 strong International Code Council and in partnership of professional associations like ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors.

POORLY INSULATED ATTIC ACCESS PANELS

For at least the last twenty years or so, the most common way of insulating attics in Minnesota is to use loose-fill insulation – either cellulose or fiberglass. This is a huge improvement over fiberglass batts, because batts are nearly impossible to install in attics and they cost more money. Despite the decline of fiberglass batts in attics, I still find a small section of fiberglass batting used above the attic access panel at about 90% of the homes that I inspect, even on new construction.

A First Home Mortgage to End Your Renters Nightmare

Ever been in a renters nightmare? Lazy landlord…noisy neighbor…paying a stranger’s mortgage…everyone’s renters nightmare is different. Whether it’s the neighbors holding a kegger on a quiet Saturday afternoon or losing water pressure when your landlord doesn’t care, renting can certainly have its challenges.