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Home Energy Efficiency Steps

Ten Steps to Home Energy Efficiency Saving energy, improving comfort, and reducing energy bills are all things any homeowner should want to do.  Home Energy Efficiency improvements shouldn't be hard.  There are steps you can take to improve the systems and features of your home that will incrementally result in energy efficiency gains.  At Scott [...]

By | 2017-05-20T19:16:16+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments

Blower Door Testing

Blower Door Testing – IECC-2012 and 2015 Requirement: Starting with the 2012-IECC energy code and continuing in IECC-2015, blower door testing is now a mandatory requirement on all new construction residential homes. What is a blower door test? A blower door is a device used to measure the exact air-tightness of a home.  In the [...]

By | 2017-05-20T18:42:14+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Energy Code Info|2 Comments

Brick Chimney Common Problems

Older homes with brick chimneys are a subject of concern during a home inspection. These days, if a home has a true brick chimney, then you can be sure it is likely a pretty old home. Brick chimneys have almost entirely been replaced with metal flue piping. However, old brick chimneys have a certain charm [...]

By | 2016-11-02T02:53:37+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments

Turn Up The Heat! Fall is Here. Is Your Furnace Ready?

The days are getting shorter and shorter and the colors on the leaves are changing. Most importantly, your house is starting to get colder and you may be thinking about kicking that furnace back on. If so, now is the perfect time to do some routine maintenance to make sure you and your family are [...]

By | 2016-11-02T02:53:35+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments

What’s Included in a Home Inspection?

One of the most common questions we get from our customers is: What exactly is included in a home inspection. That is a tricky question to answer because it varies from home to home, and by the type of inspection. However, when we provide a general home inspection, we usually do just that. Give you [...]

By | 2016-11-02T02:53:35+00:00 August 25th, 2016|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments

Structural Support Post Damage Found

The structural support beams and posts in a home are critical to the integrity of the home's flooring system. It may seem obvious that these should go untouched and unmodified, but they are often in crawlspaces and harder to reach places that can be hidden from view. During our home inspections, a visual evaluation of the [...]

By | 2016-11-02T02:53:35+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments

Window Well Surprise Guest

During a recent pre-purchase home inspection, one of our inspectors, Brett, found a furry friend trapped in the depths of a window well. This unfortunate skunk must have fallen in at this property due to a missing window well cover. We quickly sprang into action and notified the Realtors, who called animal control, and got him back to [...]

Floor Joist Damaged by Plumber

We love good plumbers! Running pipes through a home is not an easy job, and if done correctly, it usually goes unnoticed. In some cases, however, plumbing is done incorrectly, and it can have serious repercussions on a home. Recently we found floor joist damaged by a plumber. Above are a few pictures of plumbing [...]

By | 2016-11-02T02:53:35+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments