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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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