Massachusetts Home Inspections

Home Inspector - BONSAI Inspection Company
On June 24, a House and Senate Conference Committee passed an amendment that extends the deadline for compliance from July 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. It is important to note that the extension applies only to the homeowner oil line compliance deadline and not the deadline for homeowner insura...
Media reports have linked indoor mold exposure to everything from asthma to headaches. So what's the real scientific evidence that exposure to mold in your home actually can cause physical symptoms? A recent review of scientific literature about mold-related diseases found that many common claims...
Although extreme, and not quite the norm, some individuals are experiencing that Chinese drywall, sometimes referred to as "contaminated drywall" or "tainted drywall," has negative impacts on health and on metal products in a home. This issue is being studied by a few organizations including the ...
We've all heard about the health dangers of mold in residential and commercial buildings. Having measures in place to prevent or control the growth of mold is of course prudent, and mold remediation is a necessary and often difficult task. For mold prevention, control and remediation, it is best ...
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has begun mailing its Annual Water Quality Report to every household in its service area. The report is required by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and updates consumers on last year's water quality test results. In the latest round of testing, the ...
The new Massachusetts Oil heat law goes into effect on Jul. 1st! If you currently have an oil tank on your property or are listing/selling a property with an oil tank, you may be affected.  This law has two major provisions that require: the installation of either an oil safety valve or an oil su...
This is part two of my little 'mini-series' on the differences between the two most common real estate transaction/radon gas testing methods. In part I, I addressed the primary similarity that being accuracy. In this blog installment, I'll be sticking to differences. I'd like to cover a few pros ...
Hello Realtor friends: This past month, I have had the good fortune to be invited to speak at a very prestigious local Realtor traning center. Over my travails as a home inspector/mold investigator, many times I have heard "I did not know that", or "I just learned something new today" from both c...
Over my 10 years as a Massachusetts Home Inspector, I (like many others in my profession) have seen a huge increase in the percentage of well-informed clients that are requesting radon gas testing as an additional service along with their home inspection. Several months ago I added continuous rad...
Spring is here (at last) in Massachusetts, and it's getting to be that time again when jobs are abundant and competition is on the rise. Like many in the Real Estate profession, Home Inspectors can be subject to being perceived as commodities - that somehow we are all alike, separated only by cos...

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