Why You Need to Take Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Seriously!

Earlier this month, a tragic story appeared on the news: an Ohio  family of four, along with their three dogs, were killed by Carbon Monoxide poisoning: These deaths were preventable, if only the family had had a carbon monoxide detector installed. According to the police statement, there were no such detectors installed. The source of […]

When should you have a Home Inspection?

When people think of having a home inspection, they typically associate it with buying a house. But that’s only a part of our business. Just as you take your car to the mechanic for regular oil changes, or go to the doctor when you’re sick, there are times when you need to know about the […]

It all comes down to noticing the little things

The inspection was going pretty well, with only a few minor issues as I got to the last room on the second level. I was testing the window and something about the sill caught my eye. Doesn’t look like much, does it? Just a little gap in the caulking. But there was a bit of […]

The Importance of Getting a Closer Look

At a recent inspection, we came across an electrical service entry cable that didn’t look to be in very good shape. It was in a pretty inaccessible location, blocked by a big stand of shrubbery, so we took a picture of it. Looks like something nibbled on the insulation around the cable. This is a […]

When Home Inspectors Are Buyers, Part 2

On closing day, we got the keys to our new home and went over to start planning our to-do list. Our first critical task was to get a locksmith in to replace all three exterior door locks. That was accomplished the next morning. Next on the list was to start choosing which projects would be […]

Now Offering Home Energy Score Assessments!

We are proud to announce that we are now officially certified by the Department of Energy to perform Home Energy Score Assessments! Welmoed completed the training and passed all the tests to receive her certificate this week. What is the Home Energy Score? This is a new program started by the Department of Energy to […]

Boring home inspections and why you want one

You may not realize it, but you really do want a boring home inspection. You hope we’ll find nothing broken, old, dirty, worn out, toxic, hazardous, with special needs, needing servicing, scary or otherwise noteworthy. That we will just document what is there, and show you where all the valves and shutoff are. Sorry to […]

Hidden Leaks: Home Inspectors Don’t Have X-Ray Vision

A few months ago our daughter bought her first home. She asked us to do a home inspection on it prior to writing her offer, and also had another inspector do the official inspection on it (to make sure there was no whiff of bias when presenting the report to the seller). There were a […]