Worth It: Certification Beyond Home Inspection Licensing Requirement

When it comes to buying a house, there are a million regulations to follow. Whether dictated by the lender extending the mortgage, the homeowner’s insurance company, or by the state, it seems there are countless hoops to jump through before closing. Of course, the requirements differ slightly for every home that is bought or sold […]

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Things to Consider When Buying a Lake House

There’s something magical about life on a lake. Whether you dream of meditative fishing trips, boisterous swim sessions or parties on the dock, there’s no denying the peace and natural beauty of life on the water. Before you pull the trigger on the lake house of your dreams, though, it’s important to ground your decision […]

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The Difference Between Home Inspections and Appraisals

The home buying process is full of industry jargon and services you didn’t know existed. It’s no wonder that so many people confuse home appraisals and home inspections. Though they both involve an expert visiting the property and examining the home, inspections and appraisals are quite different. Understanding how they differ and why they’re necessary […]

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Tips for Selling Your Home

Set the Stage Eager to sell your home as quickly as possible? According to the Real Estate Staging Association, staged homes sell 90 percent faster than unstaged properties. When your schedule for buying, selling and moving is tight, staging is indeed one of the best ways to speed up the process. Of course, not everyone […]

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When Is a Home Inspection Required?

There are a lot of non-negotiables when it comes to homeownership. Property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and regular mortgage payments are all fairly mandatory. In many states, home inspections are another non-negotiable process that buyers and sellers must go through. There are other times, though, when home inspections are recommended but not required. If you’re confused […]

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Five Signs Termites are Invading Your Home

There are few things that strike as much fear in the hearts of homeowners as termite infestations. The bugs thrive on dry wood, and can move in and multiply before you even know they’re there. Door frames, window frames and even the foundation of a home can feed termites by the thousands. By the time […]

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5 Troubleshooting Tips for When Your Smart Home is Anything But

Smart devices are supposed to make our lives easier. When functioning as intended, these tools can make modern living more carefree. When such devices malfunction, however, they can have an opposite effect. Some people give up when faced with confusion or stressful tech challenges, chalking the devices up to being more trouble than they’re worth. […]

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Frequently Asked Questions: Asbestos Edition

There are few substances as notorious as asbestos. The group of minerals has earned a reputation for being incredibly dangerous — and for good reason. As a home and commercial property inspector, you can expect lots of questions from homebuyers curious about the threat of asbestos. To prepare you for the inevitable concerns of your […]

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