Are they protecting home buyers or the deal?

Real estate agents are in a weird spot. They do not get paid unless the property get sold. It does not matter how many hours of time they spent showing houses or taking phones calls and answering emails at nearly all hours of the day. Until the home gets sold the agent does not receive

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Testing for VOC

The common time to test for VOCs is following a renovation project because the VOCs found in many building materials, furnishings, paints, and varnishes can result in higher levels of these chemicals. While some VOCs do have a clearly identifiable odor, you cannot rely on your sense of smell alone to determine the concentration of

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What Are Volatile Organic Compounds?

Volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) are gasses emitted from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include an array of different chemicals, and the products containing them number in the thousands! These chemicals can have both short and long-term negative health effects. Paints, varnishes, wax, and many cleaning products all contain organic solvents. All of these products

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Molds and lung problems

In people who have chronic lung problems and compromised immune systems, exposure to Aspergillus mold can cause the infection, aspergillosis. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest pain and fever. Aspergillosis is an infection or allergic reaction that caused by various kinds of molds. Aspergillus is a type of mold that is very commonly found when we do

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Knob and Tube Wiring Explained

Knob and tube wiring is commonly found in older homes when we do home inspections in Columbus, Dayton and Springfield Ohio areas, typically those homes built before 1950. It is considered not as safe as newer, modern wiring, however it can still be quite functional. What is knob and tube wiring?  The wire is named

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Indoor Air and Mold testing in Ohio

This was in Springfield Ohio, From one of our Springfield Ohio home inspectors the other day: “I just had an agent tell a client that they don’t really need a mold test because Clark County Health Department had a class where they told all the realtors that there isn’t dangerous mold in our area. He

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About Asbestos

New home buyers often have a lot of questions, and understandably so; you should have questions! One common question among new homebuyers is regarding the air quality inside the home, as no one wants to breathe in air that could make them sick. Unfortunately, a significant number of indoor air quality issues are difficult to

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The Desperation of Some Real Estate Agents

Every person involved in business will have some difficult times. When your business involves protecting others from making mistakes it is a terrible thing when professionalism and ethics goes astray in order to get a sale despite what may not be in the best interest of the client. We do home inspections all throughout Central

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Are Dark Colored Molds Really More Dangerous?

There is a significant amount of misinformation surrounding “black mold”. This misinformation contributes to the ease in which immoral contractors/companies can use scare tactics to take advantage of a naive customer. In this article we are going to dispel these lies and ensure when you finish reading you will be more informed than you started!

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Everything You Need To Know About Sump Pumps

Sump pumps operate relatively simply. The sump pump will usually rest in a short well or pit that was designed to work with the pump. This pit is usually in the lowest part of the basement to help attract water to pool at the well’s bottom. Residential sump pumps are activated when the water level

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What Repairs Is The Seller Really Responsible For?

If you are a home inspector or agent, chances are that you’ve had at least one extremely picky, perfectionistic buyer. This is the buyer who nitpicks on every little blemish and imperfection on the property, insisting without end that it is the seller’s responsibility to repair all. Sometimes, the buyer is simply misinformed; in fact,

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Home Maintenance Checklist

It is a fact that all homes need regular maintenance. Use this list as start to help you keep the value in your home where it should be. Use the empty lines to add things specific to your home. Monthly Change furnace and air conditioner filters unless you have the very thick filter of that

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Columbus home buyer gets a free underground sewer line repair from their Home Inspector.

Columbus Ohio home buyer gets a free underground sewer line repair from their Home Inspector. This is the link to the Youtube video that was produced by RWS Home inspections are very valuable and they save home buyers lots of money and they inform home buyers of safety issues. This helps new home owners have safe

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Is a Home Warranty a Replacement for a Home Inspection?

Life is expensive, especially when you’re looking into buying a home. Sometimes, as a cost saving measure, potential homebuyers consider purchasing a home warranty rather than a full home inspection. Is a home warranty really going to protect you? Is it even worth it?   A home warranty is what it sounds like; it’s insurance

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Is Moisture in the Basement/Crawl Space Normal?

This is a very common concern among potential home buyers upon reading their home inspection report. While moisture in your basement/crawl space is obviously not desirable, the good news is that (provided the area is not always wet), there is little reason for serious alarm. It may also comfort you to know that a damp

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The Safe Usage of Generators

While generators are typically beyond the scope of the average home inspection, it is still important for everyone to be aware of how to be safe while using them. We Ohio home inspectors do see them with more frequency than several years ago. Generator misuse can cause carbon monoxide deaths, injuries from close calls, and

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Baluster Guardrail spacing and safety

Newer standards only allow 4 inches of spacing between balusters on guardrails. This is to help prevent small kids from falling throiugh them and getting injured. Often the heights are not a big deal and people will ignore the comment in the home inspection report. The video linked to below shows very well as to

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Tip to help home buyers find mold

Molds are everywhere and home buyers are often concerned about elevated levels of mold growth in any home they are looking to buy. Mold spores are not visible to the eye and can not be seen if they are floating around in the air. However if there has been some mold growth going on for

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Back flow valve leaking in basement

I inspected a home and set a radon monitor up to test for radon on a Wednesday, I return on Friday morning and I hear water flowing in the basement. I quickly go down to see what is going on and I spot the back flow valve leaking. The water was being caught by a

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The Value of Pre-listing Inspections for Sellers & Agents

Many an agent and seller have been in this position: the sale of a home is just about to close, when the deal suddenly falls through after a disheartening discovery during the home inspection. This is frustrating for everyone involved, but you can make this entire process faster and smoother by taking advantage of pre-listing

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