15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

by Nick Gromicko   The following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to ask an InterNACHI inspector during your next inspection about other tools that you might find useful.    1.  Plunger A clogged sink...

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We Did It!

A couple of weeks ago we asked you to help us reach 1150 inspections by the end of 2016 – and you came through big! We helped 1156 of your clients reach their home ownership goal. That’s over 30% growth!   Thank you very much for your...

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How can you be safer this winter?

Test your Smoke Detectors & Install a Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector in your home! This time of year we like to use our fireplaces and light candles for ambiance. Smoke and CO detectors can save lives, especially if you have gas fired...

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It Got a Little Hot

As you can see, the wiring in this electrical panel got so hot it actually melted.   We did a home inspection in Dallas on this property. Thankfully this house did not burn down.  But this faulty wiring could have easily resulted in a tragedy...

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Is Your Dryer Vent Clogged?

When we are performing a home inspection and check dryer vents, many times they are clogged with lint, and I have to wonder if the homeowner’s clothes are taking a long time to dry, if they are drying at all. This mostly clogged dryer vent...

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Gas Shut Off to Vacant Homes

As we are performing home inspections, the utility we find shut off most often in vacant homes we inspect is the gas supply.  Usually home sellers remember to keep the water and electric on, but for some reason the gas is the forgotten utility.  ...

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Do New Homes Need to be Inspected?

The answer is Yes.   We have inspected many new construction homes.  Here are some facts about new home inspections.   Q:  WHEN should a new home be inspected?   A:  The best time is several days before the buyer’s final walk-through, but...

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Fire Ants – Product Recommendation

Check out this fire ant mound I found at a home inspection in Dallas the other day. They were entering the exterior wall by the foundation and can sometimes get inside a house.   I use a product called “Over N Out” from the box stores...

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Water heater maintenance

Maintenance to your hot water heater this September weekend will have you enjoying hot showers all winter long.  The buildup in your water heater can cause your water heater to operate inefficiently and shorten the life span of the water heater...

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