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Frank Schulte-Ladbeck, Your Houston Home Inspector
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finding ways to improve homes
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Does experience matter?

I recently completed a home inspection to discover that the home had been inspected about three months before. The inspector who did the prior inspection touts his 35yrs of experience, stating that an inspector such as myself cannot provide the same level of service as he does. When comparing the reports, I found that I had discovered more items than he did.  Now, houses change, and that can explain some discrepancies (obviously the homeowner had been working on repairs, which changed features of the home). The real difference was that the other report was done to the minimum standard for inspectors in Texas. This is not the first time that I have encountered this issue. Experience is great, but it must be coupled with the desire to always be learning. In other words, experience does not always equal knowledge. If for thirty five years I was constantly studying to improve myself, then I can state with authority that those years count. If for thirty five years, I am going through the motions of a job, then I may not be much better than when I started. Those are my thoughts on the matter.

Sealing a home before the sheetrock goes up seems like it should be a standard practice, but I keep finding builders who do not realize the problems this can cause. #mold  

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The HVAC System

to be comfortable in our homes, we rely on the air conditioning system. Most of us do not maintain this system. Considering that this is a big energy user in our homes, maybe we should take a look at common home inspection findings to understand what we are looking at.

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Branch Circuits

We all want that perfect lighting to set the mood. We need an outlet in that corner for our home office. Wiring our homes helps us to achieve all of this, yet electricians may not be doing you a service. Good electricians know that you always have to do a job right, but then you have those who want to do the job fast and cheap. Here is a visual home inspection guide to the branch circuits of your home.

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Electrical Service Panel Home inspection Guide

The next page of my visual guide to home inspections is concerning the electrical service panel. Since we often do not open our panels, we might not consider the safety issues that are lurking there for us.

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Chimneys and Fireplaces
A fireplace is a great thing to have for a romantic evening or the holidays, but they do not really make sense in a climate like Houston (unless it is a sealed fireplace). Here is a visual guide going over common problems with fireplaces and chimneys.

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Ceilings and floors are not the most exciting areas during a home inspection. Do you see home inspectors showing off pictures of floors and ceilings? Some problems just cannot be photographed. Yet there are issues which can be demonstrated through pictures, so here is a guide to a few problems.

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If your porch is not part of the home's structure, should a home inspector be examining it? Yes. Porches, carports, and decks can effect the structure of the home, but they are also part of the property. Here is the visual guide for common problems in this area of the home inspection.

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Doors, windows, and stairs play a part in our homes. What are some common items examined by a home inspector during his examination. Here is a visual guide to issues found on different inspections.

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Once we leave the attic, we begin to examine the walls of the home. This is often the place where we can find mold issues; we also can find energy efficiency issues; and we may encounter pest problems. What do you need to examine? Here is a visual guide of some of the common items on a home inspection report.
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