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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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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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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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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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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Ahhh winter, the season that my wife hates. Along with the higher heating bills comes along dry skin, chapped lips and cracks in walls and ceilings. The colder air of winter is not able to hold as much moisture as warmer air has the potential to do. As the dryer winter air normally infiltrates the

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Should the home buyer be at the home during the home inspection? Is the home buyer required to be at the home during the home inspection? Two great and related questions regarding the home buying process. In reverse order of the questions, No the home buyer is not required to be at the home during

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Central Ohio home inspector reminds everyone to clean their hvac ducts.

Despite the temperatures and time of the year people do still need to buy homes and move during the winter. Winter presents specific challenges for home buyers and for home inspectors as well. Roofs are always a concern for home buyers. Roofs can be costly to replace or even to repair. The challenge is that

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Gas fireplaces (unless ventless type) need to vent the exhaust gases to the exterior of the home to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. To help ensure that the gases all go to the exterior of the home gas fireplaces either do not have a damper for the flue or they have a damper clamp installed

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Old types of concrete were invented centuries ago. If interested you can read the history of concrete. For us the only type we care about is the modern Portland cement which is used to make concrete. It is a great building material able to stand thousands of pounds of compression. Its durability makes it the

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When we do a home inspection we always find some issues. That is normal for all homes. From Dublin Ohio homes, Columbus Ohio homes to some of the oddest little places in the least populated counties all homes have issues that will be found by home inspectors. It is also normal and common for a

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Thought of the week from Best Columbus Ohio Home Inspection Company What habits are you creating for yourself and what are you teaching others?

Occasionally we still get asked if a home passed or failed the inspection. This seems to come from the misunderstanding as to what a home inspection really is. As we conduct Columbus Ohio home inspections we see many misunderstandings as to what the purpose of the home inspection is. Home inspections and the home inspection

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  Generally speaking, it’s common knowledge that the prime season for home sales is spring to summer. It’s also common knowledge that the winter is the slowest season, especially here in Columbus Ohio; how many people want to trudge through snow looking for a new home, or haul all their belongings to a new home

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Hopefully, you remembered to clean all the leaves from your gutters during autumn. With the arrival of winter, you’ve got another problem to watch your roof for, ice dams Ice dams are thick ridges of solid ice that build up on your roof’s eaves. It’s important to know how to identify ice dams, and  to

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Choosing a home inspection company based upon the fee is the worst way to choose who will help you finalize your decision on buying a home. Home inspection is no longer some “Bubba” working solo out of his beat up truck. It is a serious business and you need to choose a home inspection company wisely. A

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If you haven’t already winterized your outdoor faucets, you shouldn’t allow this task to go overlooked. If you live in Ohio, you probably know how important it is to remember to winterize your faucets, lest they freeze and damage your plumbing. Freeze damage can destroy your faucet, or burst a pipe! Unfortunately, a lot of

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It’s already that time of year again, and I’m not just talking about dealing with the tremendous earworm that is every single Christmas song ever. No, I’m talking about Christmas trees! Here is some very useful safety information from one of the Best Certified Columbus Ohio home inspection companies.   For those of you who

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You know what they say? “A safe climb makes the holidays sublime.” Okay, nobody has ever said that, but homeowners and inspectors should consider this an important mantra due to the surprisingly numerous reasons for scaling rooftops in the dead of snowy winter. From the casual holiday observer stringing lights along their gutters to the

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