Smaller homes provide better energy efficiency due to less heating or cooling required, but you need to find ways to store your stuff in some creative ways.
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My home inspections reveal many problems with insulation or preventing the loss of conditioned air, or the intrusion of heat or cold into the home. Here are some simple steps to take to tighten the seal of an older home.
Real estate investors and homeowners should be forewarned that water damage can occur when turning on this utility. There is a possibility of damage from other utilities too.
Driving around Houston after Hurricane Ike, shows an immediate need for some homeowners to take action and prune their trees to have them cleared.
A look at different types of insurance and the damaged that you may have to deal with after a hurricane’s flood waters damage your home.
A quick run down of common areas where a leak can occur in your home. The roof is not always the culprit.
Fully covering your damaged roof with a tarp, because it sustained hurricane damage, is not always a wise idea. Here are some facts to consider when taking on this task.
Common features in some reports from other home inspectors can cause problems for people trying to understand those findings. After analyzing a few reports, I go over some problems for the consumer.
Home inspectors frequently see the same things over and over again. Here are five common home problems which are easily repaired.
Performing a home inspection during rain is not enjoyable, but it does give you a clear picture of where water can enter your home. Improperly caulked exterior wall joints can cause problems when not fully sealed.
Moisture problems on the home’s exterior are typically found during a home inspection, but with some easy steps can be prevented.
Remembering my days in food service, I knew that metro shelving can be a good option for garage organization, particularly when it is on wheels.
Considering a study from an engineering firm about the average measurement that a foundation is out of level, a home inspector looks at a way to use a laser level to see if there may be a problem.
As we find better ways to protect oursleves when wiring a home with products like grounding and GFCI, older homes become difficult to use with new appliances. Owners and contractors will fake a grounded system, so you can have a convenient plug, but it is not safe.
After having been on many home inspections, I feel that passive designs can be better for the home, but mechanical systems have their place; they just have to be thought out well.
As my daughter decides to decorate our walls with markers, we find some simple solutions to help clean our wall surfaces.
After discovering the work of Jeff Schaller, I thought it would be good to introduce to you how I have decorated my own home.
Finding a reasonable way to hide your foundation while meeting the requirements of a home inspector.
Small children can present safety concerns. Here are some ideas from a home inspector on how to improve your home.
Dealing with common pests around your home.
A description of what a foreclosure inspector is.
Considerations on home designs and how they should be improved.
A post detailing concerns when turning utilities back on in a foreclosed home.
A look at gardening in a neighborhood, with an eye to growing your own food.
Evaluating a room without a home inspector’s tool kit.
How to inspect the exterior of the home without a home inspector’s tool kit.
Inspecting a bathroom without a home inspector’s tool kit.