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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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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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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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Should The Home Buyer Be Present At The Home Inspection?

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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Concrete Floor Cracks normal?

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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Are home inspections Pass or Fail?

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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Are You Paying Too Little for a Home Inspection?

People who own and operate a home inspection company as a serious business offer many benefits and protections that less serious inspectors can offer. Error and Omissions (E&O) insurance is a large expense for companies offering this protection. E&O is the insurance that comes into play if something expensive was missed during the home inspection

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Tips to Improve Your Ladder Safety During Inspections and the Holidays

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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