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5 Reasons to Always Open a Sealed Attic

For whatever reason, some homeowners make accessing the attic more difficult than it ought to be. The most common method, which probably isn’t deliberate, is covering it with the same ceiling texture that many other homeowners can’t wait to get rid of. But whether or not the attic is sealed, you still need to access […]

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A Pre-Sale Home Inspection is a Smart Move

Home buyers are your most frequent customers, by far, but there’s a new trend toward pre-sale inspections. Also called pre-listing inspections, they’re a smart move on the seller’s part. Learning what’s good and bad empowers the seller to make the right decisions when placing the house on the market. And lucky you, it could put […]

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Who Regulates Home Inspectors?

All that you need is to do a simple Google search and you’ll find numerous news and opinion articles about home inspectors. You’ll read about what clients should expect from an inspection, whether inspectors perform a good service, and how buyers should always beware. The “beware” part of the equation comes up often because although […]

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Just How Much Could a Home Inspection Save?

You know that your work is important. But do you know how much money a home inspection could save your customers? Aside from the largest amount, which is the sale price of a rotten old house, there are lots of potential costs that heeding an inspection report could avoid. Here are a few of the […]

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What’s New in Home Inspecting?

For the most part, the home inspection industry stays relatively the same. You learn the process of inspecting real estate, and if a system changes later, you learn how to inspect that and add it to your repertoire. The Standards of Practice that govern the industry for association members follows the same guidelines as it […]

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Do I Really Need to Join an Association?

There are national and state home inspection associations, and at both levels there are plenty of members. Then there are state-level chapters of larger associations, too. There’s no shortage of opportunities to belong to one of the many home inspection organizations, but what’s in it for you? The short answer is that there’s plenty of […]

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Why Offering a Warranty Could Boost Home Inspection Referrals

Homebuyers have learned to be skeptical about nearly everyone involved in the process. They distrust some real estate agents, believing that commissions trump loyalty. And many of them distrust home inspectors, too, because so much hinges on the inspection report. That’s an unfortunate situation for both you and prospective customers, but it’s also one that […]

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Inspecting Luxury Homes: How Different is It?

If you’ve seen one nice home you’ve seen them all, right? Hardly. Technology is advancing quickly, and along with it the systems and fixtures in luxury homes. What you’re accustomed to inspecting might bear some resemblance to what you’ll find in a high-end property. But some of it might leave you scratching your head. If […]

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