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Home Inspector - Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - InterNACHI 10041206
You know the cool thing about being a Home Inspector is getting to see the crazy, different, sometimes whacky things people have in their homes, or the crazy designs people come up with. Last Thursday I did an inspection on a Townhome that had some really crazy lines in it. Trapezoid rooms, trian...
GFCI outlets... what is GFCI? It stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It can save your or your family's life! I was reminded of this the other day when I stepped into this bathroom. Now, I didn't meet or see the homeowners here, but it appears that the lady of the household has big hair! ...
The other day I did an inspection on a house that was only two years old. I like those... they usually have very little to no issues. And, that was the case here too! I was starting to wonder if I was going to find anything! That is, until I got into the attic areas.There were two attic areas, on...
A good majority of homes have attached garages these days. People use them for everything! Modern garages have evolved to the point that a recent straw poll indicates a mere one quarter of homeowners are able to park a vehicle in their garages. About half say they can squeeze one car in, and the ...
Screws.... yes, screws. Mr. Inspector, you mean to tell me that you are writing up that the screws that hold the dead-front cover on the electrical panel are wrong? That seems pretty picky sir! There is a reason for using the correct screws, and yes, it is an electrical defect if the correct scre...
Trees.... we all love trees. Trees provide shade for us, our homes, and helps to purify our air that we breathe. Where trees don't belong is planted right beside the structure of our homes. I see it all the time, usually it's the builder with their landscaping packages. They put these cute little...
We learned a long time ago that plumbing must be vented to allow smooth flow through the drain pipes. The way architecture is in our world today; people are putting water fixtures and sinks everywhere! The problem was the venting. Conventional wisdom had them running up the walls and through the ...
Are Re-Inspections important? You betcha!!You have put a contract on your dream home and have had a Home Inspection done and discover some problems that are in dire need of repair. The seller agrees to have them fixed, and gets back to you they have been done. Great, are you sure? Did they do the...
A week or so ago I was hired to do a final walk thru on a new construction home, I'm betting he is telling all his friends that they should do it if and when they ever buy a new home. Most people do not realize that your "Builder" does not build your new dream home.... sub contractors build them....
Here in Albuquerque we are officially in our monsoon season. The monsoon first begins in northern Mexico in May. The summer sun evaporates water from the Gulfs of Mexico and California and creates humid conditions over the land which produce rain. Humidity rises, fueling more rain and more transp...

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