Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

New Home Inspection Contingency form takes effect August 1st in Minnesota

For anyone buying or selling a home in Minnesota after August 1st, 2016, heads up: there's a new Inspection Contingency form.[...]

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Need a chimney inspection? Hire carefully.

When it comes to having a chimney inspection or chimney repairs, I only recommend working with a Certified Chimney Sweep (CCS).[...]

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A breakdown of energy ratings for Minnesota homes

Green building ratings and energy efficiency certifications are becoming increasingly popular—for good reason. [...]

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Did your house leak during the storm yesterday?

Buildings do sometimes leak under extreme weather conditions. As long as the building can dry out, a one-time leak event probably isn't going to cause any long-term damage.[...]

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Water hammer arresters are now required in Minnesota

I blogged about the new Minnesota plumbing code earlier this year, but one new change that I never mentioned is the requirement for water hammer arresters.[...]

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Do you Waze?

If you drive and you own a smartphone, you owe it to yourself to try Waze. It's a free community-powered navigation app that beats the pants off any GPS device or app I've ever tried.[...]

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Air conditioner maintenance for homeowners

Check on these simple air conditioner maintenance items before calling out a professional to service your equipment.[...]

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Testing for radon? Close ALL of the windows, not just the basement windows

When performing a short-term radon test, ALL of the windows in a home need to be closed, per EPA protocol for short-term radon testing.[...]

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Minnesota Radon Licensing Act update, plus my two cents

I first shared news of the Minnesota Radon Licensing Act on my blog over a year ago, but a fair amount has changed since then.[...]

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Q&A: What happens when a permit isn’t pulled for electrical work?

The potential roadblocks to selling a home with missing permits might be either during the buyers inspection or during a required city inspection. [...]

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Should home inspectors recommend other professionals?

Most of the home inspectors that I know go out of their way to get acquainted with knowledgeable professionals, and we're happy to refer them.[...]

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How to correct improper joist hanger nails

Back in 2010, I wrote a blog post detailing one of the most common deck defects that I find, which is improper joist hanger nails. [...]

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