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Contract Contingencies Mean Inspections

A guest post going over how contract contingencies when buying a home means that you need a home inspection

New Pages to Help Site Users

More posts coming soon, but currently I am working on improving current pages.

Eulogy for the TRCC

The Texas Residential Construction Commission was not re-established by the Texas State Legislature, which may put an end to county inspections.

Why Are Attached Garages Energy Inefficient?: A how to improve your garage guide to reduce energy costs

A Houston home inspector looks at a step towards a green home conversion that a homeowner can take, when they have an attached garage.

Green Home Conversion Heating and Cooling Part 2

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.

Green Home Conversion: Heating and Cooling Part 1

An overview of looking at your home’s air conditioning and how it can be turned green.

Update On My Efforts for This Site

Documenting my efforts of creating and marketing a real estate destination site for Houston to benefit my home inspection business.

As Congress Debates Bailout, HUD Acts

SEC failures lead to the financial crisis; Congress may come to a resolution if conservative Republicans can be placated; and HUD acts to help communities deal with rising foreclosures.

Your Home and Its Repairs After Hurricane Ike

Time to clean up and start repairing your home after Hurricane Ike. Here is some information to help you start.

A Unique Blog: Firefox told me so with its related links

Finding that Firefox does not list related links for my site, I decided to create my own list of home inspection blogs for those wanting to see what else is being written.

An Open Letter to the Houston Association of Realtors

Some thoughts on improving the Houston Association of Realtors’ website (HAR.com)to better serve the community (real estate professionals and consumers).

Real Estate and Home Maintenance : Taking an Easier Step When Dealing With a Home Inspection

Caulking mortar joints can be an easy home maintenance task, but some care should be taken. Home inspections reveal problems here, but there are easy ways to deal with this project.

Creating A Real Estate Survey by Using an Free Open Source Software Tool

To expand my authority, I found that I could use an open source survey creation software to produce a questionnaire about real estate issues. This allows a website to create its own data for finding answers.

Caulikng Exterior Wall Joints to Prevent Water From Coming into the Home

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.

Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse

Salvage yards are a great place to make your own find to have a special piece in your home. Houston’s Historic Salvage Warehouse can provide you with some interesting finds.

The Best Landscaping Around Your Home to Allow It to Breathe

Moisture problems on the home’s exterior are typically found during a home inspection, but with some easy steps can be prevented.

Houston Home Inspection 77074: Looking at Geotargeting and Blog Statistics

A home inspector looks at geotargeting a specific zip code, basing this tactic on his discoveries when examining statisitcs from his blog site to his static site.

The Trend Towards Required Inspections: The Idea Behind Point of Sale Inspections

There is a growing trend to make home inspections a standard practice in the sale of a home. Some aspects of this movement may not be in the best interest of those involved in the sale.

Finding New Ways to Examine a Foundation

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.

Electrical Outlets Which Deceive: Unsafe Wiring Practices

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.

As Real Estate Investors Balk at being Inspected, the Media Provides Stories of Why They Should Be

More communities are looking to protect tenants by requiring home inspectors to investigate rental properties. News stories such as one from Houston will only encourage this trend. Real estate investors should take steps now to protect their buildings.

Can a Blog Be a Third Place? (Including Affiliate Marketing Programs to Enhance Your Blog)

Creating a useful blog for your business sometimes means going beyond the immediate boundaries of your business to create a “third place” on the internet for your market. Affiliate programs can help with this goal.

Is Your Firm Helping You Market Your Listings?

After finding a marketing study detailing the positions for brokerages on the internt, I am thinking about if it might be better for your marketing to go through an alt search engine.

The Art of the Matter: Art work for the home

After discovering the work of Jeff Schaller, I thought it would be good to introduce to you how I have decorated my own home.

How much would that cost to repair? Should an inspector be giving you prices after the inspection?

Maybe you should not have repairs done on your home by the home inspector. It is possible that you may not want them to estimate those repair costs either.

Hiding Your Foundation: Where Homeowners and Inspectors Clash

Finding a reasonable way to hide your foundation while meeting the requirements of a home inspector.

The First Step to SEO for Your Site

A post describing my first steps in my SEO effort for this site. By using Google Alerts and Technorati, as well as media blogs, I can connect with visitors.

Houston’s Infrastructure and the Home that You Buy

How can you get around Houston? It will effect the home that you buy.

Blogging for Business

A post describing whether you should be choosing a static site or blog for your business, and the image created by disabling your comments section.

Filtering the Air in Your Home

Discussing air filter in your home and their maintenance. How often they should be cleaned or changed out.

The New Method for Water Delivery in Your Home: PEX tubing

A description of PEX tubing as used in residential home construction. Its benefits and setbacks from the perspective of a Houston home inspector.

County Inspections: Property Code Chapter 446 The New Texas Law for Residential Inspections

Property code 446 details how the TRCC will inspect residential construction in areas without a building inspector.

The Disadvantages of Arguing with a One Year Old

Small children can present safety concerns. Here are some ideas from a home inspector on how to improve your home.

Some Facts about Home Inspection Services in Houston for 2008

An overview of what you might find when looking for a home inspector in Houston.

An Inconvenient Burglary

Home security should be every homeowner’s concern, yet sometimes we forget the basics.

Foreclosure Inspectors

A description of what a foreclosure inspector is.

By Design

Considerations on home designs and how they should be improved.

Turning the Utilities Back On In a Winterized Home

A post detailing concerns when turning utilities back on in a foreclosed home.

Water Works, or trying to dodge a toddler with a garden hose

Water conservation can be hard, when you do not think about how you are using water around the home.

Which Brokerage Should My Daughter Use to Sell Her House

An examination of marketing and real estate.

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