Home inspection topics in the Minneapolis / Saint Paul area.
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"Deal with it now or deal with it later." That's a phrase I've heard my father, Neil Saltzman, say many times. Here in the Twin Cities, there are two primary types of inspections that are done on houses: Buyers Inspections, which are extremely thorough inspections performed for a buyer, and Tru...
Last week I mentioned that municipal inspectors will sometimes miss important details on permit inspections, partially because they just don't have the time to go over every little detail on a home the way that a private inspector does. That reminded me of another aspect of municipal inspection...
It happens to me several times each year; I inspect a home for a buyer, I point out a construction defect, then I get a call from an angry seller or seller’s agent, accusing me of being wrong. If someone challenges my call, I’m always happy to provide an authoritative reference to prove that I’m...
Just a little over a year ago, I took a class put on by one of the largest manufacturers of metal brackets, Simpson Strong-Tie. That class was a real eye opener – I realized afterwards that just about every deck that I inspect is constructed wrong. Not all of the installation defects are majo...