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Looking ahead, a downturn is imminent The real estate market has been in a historic decline now for years, although that seems to be changing. Foreclosures and short sales have been a large part of transactions. One constant that I have witnessed in spite of a poor market is that a nice, well kep...
 Blind devotion can put you on the losing sideFanaticism is typically associated with political extremism or sports. Seems like a pair of odd bedfellows. Although if you have met a die hard sports "fan", you know it's really not that far of a stretch. I for a time was a sports fan, but my team wa...
Some changes to your home are best left to professionalsWhen looking to purchase a home, part of the fun is imagining putting your personal touches on the house. Like changing out that hideous lime green carpet for a much nicer shade of fuschia. No question, home improvement is an extremely indiv...
History's lessons should be heeded Plumbing has been in use since ancient times. The Romans seem to often get credit for "inventing" plumbing. The Roman aqueducts are renown. Yet many ancient civilizations, Greek, Persian and Chinese for instance, did in fact have public water systems. What is hi...
Finding good ideas gone wrong is nearly a daily experience for the home inspector I often kid that I know enough about something to be dangerous. There are times while looking through a house that it seems that those who should know don't know what they should know with potentially dangerous resu...
A penny saved is... While Ben Franklin's quote on saving money is renowned, not all saved pennies may be well earned. For example, shortcuts are simply a way to save money and time. What they are most often not are a best practice. A shortcut is good for the one using the shortcut, not typically ...
One through ten (1 - 10), the minimum to the maximum. A snails pace to a cheetah sprint. The numeric designation of the least to the most. 1 - 10 unquestionably has to be the most common marking on any number of appliances, gadgets and just about anything with a knob or slider control that goes f...
And we should all be thankful for that! As a home inspector one phrase I hear time and again is, houses were built better (insert an age, time frame). There certainly is no question that older houses still standing now, often have great details and character. These relics often have beautiful tri...
Not all black stains are mold A rampant concern in the real estate industry and with homeowner’s, both existing and potential, would unquestionably be, from my experience, mold. I have had to talk more than a client or two down from the proverbial cliff after finding some organic, fungal type gro...
One of the fun parts of being a home inspector is seeing the creativity of people. Some of the time, from an inspectors view, that creative passion leads the "artist" into unknown territory. Even dangerous territory. And then there are the instances where it just admirable and fun.  Jenga any one...

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