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The term arc fault refers to a situation in which loose or corroded wiring connections create an intermittent contact that causes electrical current to spark, or arc, between metal contact points. When you hear a light switch or outlet buzzing or hissing, you are heari...

How to Avoid the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes

It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s...

Defining the Bedroom
Defining the bedroom space is important for two main reasons: home value and safety. The value of a home increases with bedroom number, so it is always in the best interest of the home seller to have as many rooms labeled “bedrooms” as is possible,...

February 28, 2018

So you’re one of the lucky 2/3 of Americans who own a home and no longer have to pay rent. That’s great, but by no means is home ownership cheap. With the rising costs of living, finding ways to save money is something that everyone should do.

Here are 17 things to do i...

February 22, 2018

Codes, Regulatory Requirements, Standards, Specifications and Recommended Practices are used in all aspects of construction, fabrication, manufacturing and inspection. The following is a brief description of each of these categories along with examples of how they are...

February 22, 2018

GFCI receptacles are important, so important that the sale of our home was held up until we replaced some of our electrical receptacles with GFIs. What’s the most important thing about GFI receptacles? They can -- and do -- save lives.

Find out more about why and where...

February 22, 2018

The new safety home standards recommend the installation of GFCI (ground-fault circuit-interrupter) receptacles throughout the house and outdoors. This protection can be provided either by a GFCI breaker or GFCI receptacles. There are advantages and disadvantages to ea...

November 19, 2017

Final walk-throughs are not home inspections, even though it might seem that way. It is not a time to begin negotiations with the seller to do repairs, nor is it a contingency of sale. A final walk-through is an inspection performed anywhere from a few hours to a few d...

September 27, 2016

14 Warning Signs of a Bad Roof: Do You Need a New Roof?


The roof protects your home, your family, and possessions, ho...

July 31, 2015

No matter whether you’re buying or selling, the home inspection process can be somewhat terrifying: For sellers, it’s a stark reminder of the nagging issues you might have turned a blind eye to over the years. And for buyers, it’s a recipe for pure heartbreak—falling i...

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