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“My contractor came over, and he said my home inspector should have caught this…”
This can be a very confusing situation for a homeowner. Usually the contractor is there because of some issue that has arisen, and in the course of the repair or replacement he may make a statement that puts doubt in your mind regarding the thoroughness of the home inspection.[...]
I want to spend a little time on the sale of vacant homes. As a seller, definitely consider having the home staged. I’m sure we’ve all been in a vacant home before, and there is no getting around the fact that they just feel empty and perhaps a little lonely. That’s not the kind of feeling you want a potential buyer to come away with.
A well-staged home can help the home sell much more quickly, and, perhaps more importantly, can help it sell for a higher price. In short, the cost of staging the home is well worth it, and as.[...]
HomeTeam Inspection Service performs nearly 2,000 home inspections each year in Louisville and Southern Indiana, and we work with a LOT of real estate agents. As a result, we get to see up close and personal some of the good and not so great in the industry.
We all have different personalities and needs, and the best agent for your friend may not be a good fit for you. Make sure the agent you choose to work with is a good fit.[...]
Very frequently we get questions on home inspections about cracks in drywall, typically near the corners of interior doors or at the base of windows. You may have seen cracks like this- they start at the corner and emanate outward at a 45-degree angle. The buyer's question essentially boils down to this: is my house falling down?
OK, maybe it's not quite that anxious, but it is a question that seeks to determine if there are any serious structural issues that may be present.[...]
So far we’ve learned a bit about what radon is and why it’s a good idea to test your home for elevated radon levels. Now we’ll take a look to see what the testing procedures are.
Radon levels change from hour to hour, so I want to first eliminate a common misconception: a home does not have a specific radon level. It is not as if your home, once tested, will remain at that same level if tested later. During our testing we get readings every hour, and the readings show trends and movements, which is why it is very important to take radon levels according to EPA testing protocol to get a good idea of the overall radon level.[...]
This is a common question we get both from buyers and sometimes real estate agents. There is quite a bit of confusion regarding what radon is, what (if any) the health risks associated with it are, and what to do about it. Today’s blog is part 1 of a multi-part series to help you understand radon and to make an informed decision about testing and mitigation.
Like carbon monoxide, radon is a colorless, odorless gas, so you have no way of knowing by looking at a home if the radon level is elevated or not. Unlike carbon monoxide, radon is a naturally occurring element. If you recall from your high school chemistry class, the period chart lists all elements, and [...]
This was actually the main question I had when I began to learn about radon. With the naturally occurring level outside of a home lingering at an average of 0.4 pCi/L, why would radon levels become elevated in a home? What was it that trapped radon inside?
To answer the question, you really just need to think briefly about the workings of a furnace or air conditioner, commonly known as the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. The HVAC system pulls air into the air handler (the sort of cabinet looking thing in your basement, attic, or closet), and conditions it.[...]