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Be sure to ask about Radon testing when scheduling your home inspection. The only way to know is to test. If the levels are above the action level, you may be able to have a Radon mitigation system installed before closing.
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I know this is a truck commercial, but a cool version http://ow.ly/jMOH30ini4Q of a country classic #Ram
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New Radon software coming soon. Attending a webinar on some new features. Sun Nuclear

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While this might look cool, it most definitely is not. Actually it can be a sign there may not be enough ventilation and/or insulation in your attic. If warm air from your house gets into the attic, and melts some of the snow on the roof, it will drain down to the part of the roof that overhangs and freeze up. This can pile up creating an ice dam. Once that happens, the water can lift shingles and allow water to enter the house, and it usually happens right over an exterior wall. The insulation will keep the warm air in the house rather than the attic, and a properly ventilated attic will allow any warm air that does get in the attic to be vented away so it does not cause a problem.
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What's in a name.
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I really enjoy working with first time home buyers because it allows me to take some extra time to explain how the house works as a system. A lot of us didn't pay attention to our dads when he was hard at work around the house, and as a first time home buyer, there is a lot to do. I try to help put it all in perspective.
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Found this old fire extinguisher at a home inspection yesterday. Good thing there is a newer one right above.
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Found this old fire extinguisher at a home inspection yesterday. Good thing there is a newer one right above.
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Your home is probably the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. The more you know about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, the more you will minimize surprises afterward.
Home inspectors are required to be licensed by the state of Wisconsin. The state has established a set of standards of practice that call out what has to be inspected, how it has to be reported. It also specifies what a home inspector is not required to do and what he/she cannot do, like perform repairs on found items for 2 years.
1. Knowledge is power – The more you know about your home the better
2. Can’t judge a book by its cover - even though it may look like a newer house, there can be potential issues
3. Understanding how your home operates as a system – foundation, furnace, attic insulation, and venting
4. Maintenance items – It is easier to stay caught up than it is to get caught up
5. Safety concerns – decks, railings, electrical to name a few
What a typical home inspection covers. Typically, your inspector will check the roof, chimney, home exterior, decks, balconies, stairways, skylights, driveways, walkways, foundation, supporting columns, electrical systems, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, as well as interior walls, ceilings, floors, and attic area.
What a typical home inspection excludes. A typical home inspector does not inspect items such as pools, dehumidifiers, solar panels, or exterior structures such as sheds. Many inspectors also do not inspect appliances.
Some items that may be in the inspection report:
- Safety hazard: This means the inspector found this issue could cause harm to the person or property if not remedied. For example, improper furnace venting would be considered a safety hazard.
- In need of repair, maintenance items: These are areas that you may wish to remedy in the future but may not need immediate attention.
Home Inspections are not Pass or Fail – no house is perfect, so the inspection will point out items that may need attention. It will tell you how old some of the items are like the furnace and water heater, and may even include an estimate of the roof age. The inspection is not technically exhaustive, and usually takes 3 – 4 hours.
Should you be present? – YES! It is the best way to convey the information in the report. You are encouraged to ask questions as they come up, and help you understand the home better.
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