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Most of us can relate to bad experiences we've had over the years when taking our car to a shop for repair. It takes some time, and trial and error to find a mechanic you can trust. But, when you buy a home, it's likely the largest investment you'll make in your life time. There really isn't any ...
We've all heard about Resume fluffing. Believe it or not, some Home Inspectors are doing the same thing here in Upper Michigan. Though the UP's population is relatively small, we do have an abundance of Home Inspectors, but only 4 who are Board Certified Master Home Inspectors. As part of that sm...
Mt. Arvon located in L'anse Township in Michigan's upper peninsula, is the highest natural point in the state of Michigan. I was there a couple days ago, hiked to the top, and then snapped this picture. Quite a view! In truth, this whole area between Scandia and Big Bay is one of the greatest tre...
 As I wrap up another typical home inspection (80 years old, needing some repairs) , I wait for the most common asked question. "So, would you buy this house?" No, Mrs. Buyer, I already have one. "No, I mean, what do you think...is there any reason I shouldn't buy this? I mean based on the things...
One question I often get from customers is weather or not rotted decorative wood trim or structural members can be repaired instead of replacing them. With regard to structural, often, for instance, a rotted floor joist can be married to a new one if the joist is solid along part of its length. T...
 As a home inspector, I find unexpected issues, sometimes major structural concerns. If something major comes up, there is usually some back and forth, and in the end, the deal may still go through.But, what about older homes that have lesser concerns; things that could be known prior to the home...
As a Home Inspector in a low population area, I travel extensively. I also use Google to map addresses whenever possible and a the phone app for directions. As you might imagine, the GPS at times is hit and miss. I sometimes find myself 30 miles from the nearest town, the GPS has taken me on a wi...
Once the Home Inspection is completed and you have a chance to go over the findings with your client, here are a few tips to help you through the process:1. Know the standards of practice the report was written to (or at least know where to reference them). The largest association is InterNACI an...
As a home inspector, I come across a variety of issues regarding electrical wiring. One of the most common safety defects I see is double Lugged breakers. I thought I'd just take a minute to explain what this issue is, and why a home inspector will call it out as a safety concern. The 3 breakers ...
When buying a home, how do you know it's listed at a fair price? I've got a bit of experience (bought 6 homes over the years) as a home buyer and in my view it generally boils down to 3 things.The first is location. Is it on a desirable lot? does that lot have value added things such as old growt...

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