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We Look in the Hidden Places

How many hidden places are in your house? Many homeowners have never even seen some areas, such as attics or crawl spaces, that are often difficult to get into and are only accessed by contractors when something needs fixing. We believe performing a thorough home...

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Do Home Inspectors include Photos in their reports?

Do Home Inspectors include Photos in their reports?

Home inspectors have to collect a lot of information as they go through a house. To meet the Maryland Standards of Practice, we are required to identify just about every component and system in a house, and include this information in the report for our client. Yet we...

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Pardon me, do you know you have an exposed footer?

Pardon me, do you know you have an exposed footer?

**We got an update on this house recently... Scroll to the end to read The Rest of the Story!** Changing a building’s foundation will cause structural problems if done incorrectly. If you don’t know the signs of poor work, like exposed footers and corner cracks, you...

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Washing machine overflow trays save money

Washing machine overflow trays save money

Why the details matter in a home inspection Washing machine overflow trays cost around $30. Without this safety tray, a minor leak can become a major flood, especially if the laundry area is over a living space. Leaks from a washing machine can do extensive damage....

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A Learning Experience in New Orleans

A Learning Experience in New Orleans

Last month, Bob and Welmoed spent a week in New Orleans, LA, attending InspectionWorld, the annual conference of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). They spent five days in meetings and classes, deepening their knowledge on a wide variety of topics ranging...

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An Unexpected Discovery

An Unexpected Discovery

I was recently in the Chicago area for an ASHI conference, and after checking into my nondescript hotel room, looked to see what the view was. Imagine my surprise when I spotted this little oddity: "What the heck is an old stone building doing in the parking lot...

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