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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.

Home Inspection Checklist for Texas Home Inspectors and Real Estate Investors

With new rules concerning home inspections going into effect February 2009, here is a checklist that home inspectors and real estate investors can use.

Offering a Free Property Inspection Report Form For Texas in HTML

Free inspection report form for Texas in HTML.

Builder/Remodelers Finding Ways to Thrive in a Down Market

A creative means to generate income with a home maintenance service from one Builder/Remodeler may be a benefit to homeowners. This is an area that home inspectors have noticed is not being taken care of, but it could cost homeowners in the future.

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.

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.

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.

Considering a PPC campaign, Displaying Ads on Your Site, and Text Link Ads

Going through what I am doing with my blog, and why I am doing it. I look at aspects of my advertising on the internet and other basic SEO strategies.

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.

Hiding Those Unsightly Exterior Air Conditioning Units

Inspection concerns for a compressor/condenser/outside air conditioner/ac, along with ideas for blending it into the landscape or hiding it.

A Growing Scam on Craigslist

A look at a scam on Craigslist that can effect you when buying a home.

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.

The Art of Deconstruction, or Why I am concerned about the loss of a movie theater

Destroying to rebuild is not always the best option, and not really a green option.

The Business Card’s Travels

Considering the design of a business card, and how it can be used to better your business.

Do You Graze in your Neighborhood?

A look at gardening in a neighborhood, with an eye to growing your own food.

Exit Interviews: how do you determine how the job went?

Improving customer service through the use of exit interviews.

The Forgiveness Stamp

The Houston Foodbank can be a good place for the family to go together to volunteer.

A Website for Houston Foodaholics

A site that provides reviews of local eateries.

Cooking with Kids

Involving your children with the garden and cooking can be fun. Here is one of my adventures in that regard.

How to Evaluate a Room

Evaluating a room without a home inspector’s tool kit.

Steps to Inspecting an Air Conditioning System

A simplified way to inspect your air conditioning system without a home inspector’s tool kit.

How to Inspect the Electrical System

Steps to evaluate an electrical system without a home inspector’s toolkit.

How to Inspect a Foundation

Tackling a difficult task, finding a way to inspect a foundation.

What does a home inspector do?

A description of what to expect from a home inspector.

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