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The “Waiting Room” Of A Home Inspection

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Have you ever wondered what is going to happen during your home inspection?  I know I didn't - both times! I've been through two homes. I wasn't even a home inspector then. The anxiety, the fear of the unknown and wondering if I will be able to negotiate the findings into the cost of the home or WORST...start the whole process of looking all over again! AGH!  It felt as if I was in the waiting room of a hospital waiting for the good or bad news from the doctor. (By the way, worst Continue Reading ...

5 Common Mistakes To Avoid Before The Inspection

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Are you ready to sell your home and or buy a home? Here is Des Moines Home Inspector five common mistakes to avoid before the home inspection.   Why aren’t you researching the home inspector you are hiring? Many home buyers and sellers take a card from their realtor and just run with the first one they see. Do your research! You want a certified, well-trained home inspector to do your inspection. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when researching an inspector: How long Continue Reading ...

Smooth Sailing, I Don’t Think So!

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Are you scared? I know I have been! Oh, about what you ask? About getting a home inspection and it possibly not going smooth!! Des Moines Home Inspection suggests few things you might want to do sts, during and after the inspection. Look, I get it. You’re in the process of buying a home and it’s scary and stressful. Plus, the inspection process can make that feeling even worse. You may feel like the whole thing will fall through and you have to start over. Is a home inspection really a Continue Reading ...

Fire Safety For The Home

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The National Fire Protection Association’s fire prevention program promotes the following eight tips that people of all ages and abilities can use to keep family members safe, especially during the threat of a house fire. Plan and practice your escape from fire. We’ve heard this advice before. You can’t be prepared to act in an emergency if you don’t have a plan and everybody knows what that plan is.  Panic and fear can spread as quickly as a fire. So, map out an escape route and Continue Reading ...

Why Hire Me You Ask?

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I am one of the few home inspectors that will explain to you what YOU WILL ACHIEVE WITH OUR SERVICES! Quality of service and customer satisfaction is key! The end goal is “Peace of Mind”. “But Luis, many home inspectors tell me the same thing.” Yea, but money is their motivator. Not mine! Sure, money is important. How about the needs of the customer and your reputation to provide excellent services and grow your business above and beyond home inspections? I am in the business of Continue Reading ...

Electrical Panel Safety

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All homeowners should know where their electrical panel is located.  When you open the door to it, you should find breakers that are labeled which correspond to the different rooms or areas of the home.  Breakers will sometimes trip due to a power surge or outage, and the homeowner can flip the switch to reactivate the current to the particular room or area.  Behind the breakers is the dead front, and it is this electrical component that should be removed only by a qualified electrician or Continue Reading ...

Spring Is Here!!

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Finally!! Spring has arrived. We are but 3 days away from the official day of Spring. Most of us have be hibernating this winter – HAHAHA – it’s time to get out and get some fresh air and clean out that grill. However, it’s also time for some home maintenance items that will help you avoid big repair bills later on and ruin all the fun if left unattended. Inspect your roof – Whether you have shingles, tin or even concrete tiles, your roof is your home's first line of defense Continue Reading ...

Moisture Intrusion

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Unchecked moisture intrusion can lead to structural defects in a home over time, as well as health problems for the home’s family. Some common moisture-related problems include: structural wood decay; high indoor humidity and resulting condensation; expansive soil, which may crack or undermine the home’s foundation, or softened soil, which may lose its ability to support an overlying structure; metal corrosion; ice dams, which form in roof gutters that are undersized Continue Reading ...

Roof-Covering Maintenance

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Although homeowners aren’t necessarily expected to climb on their roofs every season as part of regular home maintenance, there are some conditions that should be monitored to prevent roof damage and to help you get the longest life out of your roof-covering materials. Certain types of damage can lead to water and pest intrusion, structural deterioration, and escape costly energy. Weathering Hail and storm damage, known as weathering, can weaken a roof’s surface even if you Continue Reading ...

Is My Bathroom Properly Ventilated?

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Bathrooms are a very important room in the house. Most of us like to spend a good amount of time there, so it’s wise to have a check of the ventilation system to make sure that it's functioning properly, thus improving your bathroom experience. If you’re not sure if your ventilation system is working properly, keep your eye out for these indications: Is mold starting to appear on the ceilings and walls of the bathroom? Does it feel very humid in there? Do you notice a lot Continue Reading ...