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Why Do Homes Need Radon Inspections?

Radon can be a silent, deadly killer, but what is it and how can homeowners protect themselves? What is Radon? Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. It is colorless and odorless. Any home can have a radon problem: old, new, well-sealed or drafty, or with or without a basement. According […]

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How Does the Home Inspection Process Work?

You’ve made an offer on a house you love, and have a vague notion you should have a home inspection done, but what does that mean? First-time homebuyers may start the house-hunting process with words like “move-in-read,” “open concept,” or “finished basement” on their mind. However, the vocabulary of real estate quickly turns to unfamiliar […]

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What Does A Home Inspector Look for on the Roof?

As part of a home inspection, an inspector will climb to the roof for a visual inspection. Your roof is made up of various components that work together to protect your house.  However, knowing exactly what those parts are and how they affect your house might be tricky. What’s the difference between flashings and soffits? […]

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5 Things to Ask When Hiring a Home Inspector

Buying a home is a big investment. To protect that investment, it’s vital you have the home inspected. Hiring the right inspector is key.  A reputable professional home inspector ensures you have the knowledge you need when buying a home. What questions should you ask when hiring a home inspector? 1 – What do you […]

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House Sold ‘As Is’ Needs Inspection

The listing says the home is being sold “as is.” Should you still have a home inspection done? Absolutely! A home inspection can help tell if the property will be a diamond in the rough or a money pit. What does ‘as is’ mean? When a home is listed as “as is” it means the […]

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Newly Built Homes Still Need Inspections

You’ve just built the home of your dreams and have worked with your builder every step of the process. Does your brand new home still need a home inspection? Yes! Houses are complex systems Building a home is a major project, and there are hundreds of elements that go together to make the structure.  If […]

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Home Inspection Reveals if that Flip’s a Flop

Buying a flipped property can mean finding your dream house … or it can be a nightmare. A home inspection reveals if a flip has been done well or if shoddy work could put your family at risk. House flipping, in which buyers purchase a home, make improvements and then hope to sell quickly for […]

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Should I Follow My Home Inspector?

The home inspector has arrived, but what do you do? Can you follow the inspector? Do you wait in the yard or elsewhere in the house?  The social etiquette of the situation can leave many first-time home buyers feeling awkward and unsure, but rest easy, most home inspectors WANT you to follow them. A home […]

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Home Inspections Head to the Basement

When purchasing a home, buyers might focus on the number of bedrooms or if the kitchen needs updating. Home inspectors, however, turn their eyes downward. The basement is a key component in any home inspection. The invention of concrete helped popularize basement construction In Chicago and throughout the Midwest, basements are a common feature. Clay […]

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Third-Party Plan Reviews Ease Inspection Workload

Delays are costly for developers and builders. If a municipality develops a reputation as being slow to make inspections, growth and economic development are hindered. The solution is third-party plan reviews and inspections. With a third-party plan review, a qualified private firm provides review or inspection services to suit a municipality’s needs. Utilizing third-party plan […]

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