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Looking for a New Home? Make Sure You’re Covered with a Roof Inspection

When it comes to roof coverings, the old adage applies: You get what you pay for. This is particularly true when considering their lifespans, ranging from inexpensive roll roofing with a projected lifespan of fewer than 10 years to pricier slate roofs, which, if impeccably maintained, could outlive several owners at up to 150 years. […]

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Roof Trouble Spots: What Your Inspector Looks for on Five Types of Roofs

Savvy home-shoppers understand the importance of a well-built, properly maintained roof. These are the folks who aren’t shy about asking the tough questions when viewing a house: How old is the roof? Who installed it—a reputable company or your cousin who doesn’t know a shingle from Shinola? When was the last time it was inspected? […]

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Paint, Wallpaper, and Carpeting—More Than Cosmetic Concerns to a Certified Home Inspector

As we’ve mentioned in other blogs, your home inspector is not concerned about whether the house under review is filled with outdated orange shag carpet or if the paint covering the downstairs bathroom is shocking pink. Judgments about the aesthetics of a home are left to the potential buyer, who must make the determination if […]

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Getting a Home Inspection? Find a Professional Who Looks at the Small Picture Too—Fasteners

Families in the market for a new home are often very good at looking at the big picture—characteristics of a property that rank high on their wish list. These might include perks like a big backyard, a fully- equipped open design kitchen, an enclosed wraparound porch, two-and-a-half bathrooms, or a finished basement. Big picture items […]

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Sometimes the Smallest Threats Cause the Biggest Problems in a Home Why Consider a Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection

A home can be vulnerable to a number of dangers of catastrophic proportions—large trees crashing through the roof, major windstorms, flash flooding, and five-alarm fires that can light up the night sky. But perhaps the greatest threat measures a mere quarter of an inch and works in total silence, devouring “your castle” from the inside, […]

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Building a New Home in Provo? Consider the Value of a New Construction Phase Inspection

It’s no secret that building a new home is a huge investment of time and money, not to mention those sleepless nights worrying if the final product will fully meet expectations. While you may feel confident that you’ve chosen a trusted contractor for the project, wouldn’t it be nice if you had an independent professional […]

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Hire a Home Inspector Who’s Spent Time in the Gutter

When checking out a potential new home, how many people look toward the roof and say, “Well, that certainly is a fine gutter system you’ve got there. I’m sold!” Our guess is “not nearly enough.” While hardly glamorous to a home-shopper who may be more interested in an “open kitchen design” and the latest ductless […]

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Foundation

“It looks like there are some issues with the home’s foundation.” For a home-shopper who believes they have found their dream home or a seller who thinks they’re closing in on a final deal, these are words you definitely don’t want to hear. Foundation repairs rank at the top of most costly problems with a […]

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The Water Heater Checkup: an Important Part of the Home Inspection

Anyone who has ever endured an early morning cold shower knows the value of a properly functioning water heater. If you’re in the market for a new home, be sure not to overlook the importance of having this critical piece of equipment checked by a professional home inspector for functionality and safety as part of […]

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Why Your Home Inspector Should Make the Roof a Top Priority

Replacing a roof ranks at the top of home upgrades when it comes to out-of-pocket costs. Based on a number of factors (difficulty of the job, material, size, pitch, and what area of the country you live), a new roof may run you well north of $10,000. While not as costly, surprise roofing repairs can […]

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