Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

Sewer scans and chimney scans: both valuable inspection services

Starting this year, I’m going to begin recommending two new inspection services in addition to standard home inspections; sewer scans and level 2 chimney inspections.[...]

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Mold testing vs. Moisture Testing

My knee-jerk reaction to mold testing is "don't bother". The situations where mold testing may have some value are few and far between.[...]

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State of the Union, 2016

Happy 2016!  I normally don't write "bloggy" type blog posts like this one, but here goes anyways. To start, sorry for the cliche' title, but at least you know what you're getting with this post.[...]

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2015

This is always my favorite blog post of the year, featuring our best home inspection photos from the past 12 months.[...]

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Negotiations after the inspection, part 3: Reasonable negotiation items

I'm not saying these items should be negotiated, but these are common items that get negotiated, and I don't think any of these things are unreasonable.[...]

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Negotiations after the inspection, part 2: Stuff that shouldn’t be negotiated

These are things that come up during home inspections that should not lead to price reductions, nor should they lead to repair requests for the seller.[...]

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Negotiations after the inspection, part 1: options for the buyer

When a home inspector finds defects during a home inspection, there are four choices for a buyer: renegotiate the price, cancel the purchase agreement, ask the seller to perform repairs, or do nothing.[...]

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Arrow-Breaker™ faucets are great, but there are two important things to know about them

The first thing to know about these faucets is that there is no need for an exterior vacuum breaker.[...]

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Repairing a window with fogged glass

I recently had several windows with fogged glass repaired, and I took photos of the process to share with anyone who's curious.[...]

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Failed window seals vs. fogged glass

One of the most common window and door issues that comes up during a home inspection is fogged glass, which is more commonly known as a broken seal.[...]

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Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part V

I’ve compiled new-construction defect photos from the past six years into this one gigantic blog post.  If you’re in the market for a new home and you’re not sure if a home inspection is worth doing, please look through these photos.  If[...]

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Protimeter Surveymaster: The Best Moisture Meter for Home Inspectors

I'm just going to come right out and say that if you're a home inspector, the Surveymaster is the moisture meter of choice. Ask a room full of home inspectors what moisture meter they use, and at least half[...]

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