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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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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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Inspectors, Do You Show Your Work? Attic Ventilation 101

Warning :: This topic includes concentration, calculation and brand specific data that could be harmful if not used with care. Enter at your own risk. Comments and opinions that stretch beyond the Standards of Practice (SoP) for a Visual Home Inspection can land you in a pile of trouble. Don’t get me wrong here, I […]

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