What Does Buying A Home “As Is” Mean?

If you’re a prospective home buyer, you’ve likely seen the term “as is” pop up during your home search. But what exactly does the phrase mean, and is it cause for alarm?   The technical meaning for selling a home “as is,” is simply that the owner is selling the home in its current state,

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Are Home Inspectors Deal Killers or Nightmare Preventers?

  There is a common misconception that home inspectors are “deal killers,” who damage a real estate agent’s chances of closing a deal. We’re going to discuss how that can be harmful, and we’re going to discuss what actually kills the deal! I believe that generally speaking, there are three things that lead to the

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Why You Should Ask Your Home Inspector To Refer You To An Agent

Usually, when someone is beginning the process of purchasing a home, they first choose their real estate agent, they finally find a house, and then that agent refers them to a home inspector. However, it may actually be more beneficial for home buyers to reverse this, choosing your home inspector first and then asking their

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New Construction Home Inspections: Are They Necessary?

  In the midst of the last recession that crippled the U.S. real estate economy, new construction home inspections virtually disappeared. For several years there was too much available housing inventory at too low a price to make newly constructed homes competitive on cost. Essentially, buying a prebuilt house was more attractive to home buyers than

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How Habitation Investigation Protects You From a Bad Sewer Line

As central Ohio’s most highly rated home inspection company, Habitation Investigation’s commitment to serving their clients is clear. Habitation Investigation offers their clients a number of valuable warranties and additional benefits to keep them protected and provide them with some much needed peace of mind. One of those Habitation Investigation benefits is our SewerGard protection

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What Are Whole House Fans, And How Do They Work?

Whole house fans are a popular choice for keeping your home cool during the warmer months without overspending on your monthly utilities bill. They are great when the nights are cool. But what exactly are they, and how do they work?   To put it simply, a whole house fan is a ventilation system used

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Steps To Take When A Pipe Bursts In Your Home

Owning a home is a huge commitment and can be a large expense (that pays off well in the long run), especially in the case of surprise emergency repairs. What is one to do if a pipe unexpectedly busts in your home?   A burst water pipe can cause serious damage if not quickly and

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Why For Sale By Owners Should Get A Pre-Listing Home Inspection

The results of a home inspection can have a strong impact on the home’s sale, anything from the buyer requesting repairs or updates, price negotiations, to simply walking away from the deal altogether. Luckily, homeowners aiming to sell their home can choose to hire an inspector for a pre listing home inspection. A pre listing

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The Types Of Commercial Inspections

  Commercial home inspections are similar to the typical residential inspections most people are familiar with. Commercial home inspections for multi family units simply exist on a larger scale, accompanied with a significant amount more of associated liability. But what exactly falls under the category of commercial inspection? Are there different types of commercial home

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What Is Thermal Bridging?

To put it simply, thermal bridging is what we call the movement of heat across an object that is more conductive than the objects surrounding it. This conductive material creates a path of minimal resistance for heat. Thermal bridging can create an increased amount of lost energy, which can result in a spike in your

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Is There Such A Thing As “Radon Season?”

  Radon is the naturally occurring gas that is responsible for being the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Because it is odorless and invisible to the naked eye, most people are unaware they have radon in their homes, which is especially frightening considering the ease in which radon levels can quickly rise to

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Difference Between Residential and Commercial Inspections

  The majority of property inspectors tend to specialize in either residential or commercial buildings, although some inspectors will do both. Today, we’re going to talk about the difference between these two kinds of property inspections!   While of course every family home is different, the variety you will find in residential buildings is nothing

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Water Heater Maintenance

Replacing an aging water heater can be costly. Regardless of whether it’s because a replacement just isn’t in your family’s budget right now or because you want to get the most out of the water heater you already own, everyone should be interested in learning how to squeeze those last drops of life out of

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Condo Inspections VS Home Inspections

  Though condos usually come with less responsibility and maintenance on the owner’s part, that certainly doesn’t mean you should skip the home inspection. A home inspection is just as necessary for a condo as it is for a full sized family home. But how much of a difference is there between the two?  

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How To Protect Your Home’s Pipes From Freezing

  It’s cold outside, and although spring is on its way, we’re still stuck in the dead of winter in the meantime. While many people are hibernating inside their homes to escape the cold, most of these people are likely forgetting about an important seasonal issue; freezing pipes.   When the temperature plummets in the

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Does A Licensed Home Inspector Equate to Superior Protection?

A lot of people look at licensed home inspectors, and because of this licensing assume them to be more trustworthy and accurate because that person is licensed. Many also assume them to have stronger client protections as a result of this licensing. It’s understandable why people would think this (why wouldn’t licensing be better?) but

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What Are Galvanized Pipes?

There’s nothing like the charm of an older home, and most people purchasing an older property chose to enhance and modernize this charm with a remodel! If you’ve moved into an older home, chances are you’ve given the home’s color palette an update, refinished the floors, and perhaps you’ve even replaced the roof. But about

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Christmas Trees and Mold

With Christmas time here, those of you who put up Christmas trees have probably had your tree up and decorated for a hot minute by now; but could your tree be triggering your allergies?   What a lot of people don’t realize is that live trees make a fantastic breeding ground for mold. If you

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What Household Items Are Likely to Release VOCs?

The average person likely doesn’t think twice before lighting a candle or polishing the floor. Surprisingly, many common household products are chock full of potentially harmful chemicals, such as VOCs!  What are VOC’s?   But fear not! With a little more thought, these chemicals are easily removed or reduced from your home. First step is

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All About Seasonal Affective Disorder

  Your neighbor’s put their lights up, the weather is freezing, and everywhere you go you hear the same five songs… yes, it’s the holiday season again! This is also a time of year that is very difficult for some people, and today we’re going to talk about the struggle those with Seasonal Affective Disorder

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