Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

New Minnesota Plumbing Code

Minnesota adopted a new state plumbing code on January 23rd, 2016. We've always had a home-grown plumbing code, but for the first time, Minnesota has adopted a national plumbing code - the 2012 UPC - along with our standard[...]

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Nuisance tripping at AFCI circuit breakers

The main problem that homeowners experience with AFCI circuit breakers is nuisance tripping. It's what we call it when an AFCI device trips for no apparent reason.[...]

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Window fall protection achieved by pesky window locks

I blogged about the new Minnesota building code last January, but one important change that I never mentioned was the addition of window fall protection.[...]

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Q&A: “What specialized equipment do your inspectors use?”

While most home buyers probably don't care about this list, the topic of which home inspection tools to purchase is a common thread on home inspection forums.[...]

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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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