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60 Minutes found that Lumber Liquidators' Chinese-made laminate flooring contains amounts of toxic formaldehyde that may not meet health and safety standards.
IR it’s not X-ray vision but sometimes its close
Cost of home ownership
Imagine you’re out camping on a cold night in your sleeping bag and your zipper breaks letting in all the cold. I’m sure you would do everything you could to fix it to stay warm. Now consider your home or the house your looking to purchase do not the same principles apply?
In fig I008 the perfect house, the entire exterior envelope is insulated reducing energy loss.
What’s that? My buyers and agent asked as they looked through my thermal imaging camera.
Every buyer of a new home should understand the limits of a home inspector. The home inspection is limited to a visual inspection only. This means if the inspector cannot see it, it will not be reported. Why is this important? Experience has shown me that there are sellers out there who will try anything to hide home defects. Imagine that, someone selling a house with problems hiding the fact there is an issue.
In the past three months I’ve seen repeated news reports of home fires with fatalities that could have been prevented with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed.
Energy Saving Tip, Honeycomb Blinds
What’s the first thing that jumps out at you when you look at the house below?
Since I was called to inspect it, first thought was damn, that’s a lot of glass. Second, with a size of 7,000 sq. / ft., that’s a lot to heat up.
Winter is upon us here New Hampshire and many residents will be using wood stoves to heat their home. Based on my findings as a home inspector many of these stoves are installed improperly. In the news this morning was a home destroyed by fire, cause a wood stove. Which begs the question, do people realize installation of stoves require a building permit to ensure it is installed correctly?
As a home inspector I have to view many roofs and all types of unpleasant weather conditions. If you had to placed a ladder on decking with snow, ice, or rain you know how slippery and dangerous it can be. I believe I have come up with a simple solution to hold a ladder in place on a deck very easily.
As a home inspector my job is to educate the client and find any costly problems associated with the home I am expecting. This inspection did both, I was called to inspected a small 1600 sq. ft. ranch, built in 1974, on a slab foundation. At some point the house had electric heat, two electrical meter boxes. One meter was missing so I assumed the house was upgraded from electric heat.