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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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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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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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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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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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Why Your Water Heater Should Have a TPR Valve

What is a TPR valve? To put it simply, a TPR valve or temperature/pressure-relief valves, are safety devices that are installed onto water heating appliances such as boilers and water heaters. The purpose of a TPR valve is to automatically release water/steam should the pressure or temperature inside the tank exceed safe levels. If correctly

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The Costs of Hiring Individual Contractors vs Hiring a Single Home Inspector

As one of the largest home inspection companies in Central Ohio we get to hear lots of odd things. Some of of the things we hear are odd, some are unethical things that other do, and then some make no sense and seem to be intended to prevent full knowledge of the home being disclosed.

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Top Indicators You May Have a Bad Real Estate Agent

Most real estate agents we deal with are good honest people who want the best for their clients. However, like in all types of work there is that small percentage that are only interested in themselves and they do not care if others are harmed. Average is not memorable so most average people are forgotten,

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